This appetizer is a holiday favorite at my house. Meaty, cheesy, and delicious! Perfect way to get the kids involved. They can make the whole dish with little or no supervision.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Mix mild sausage and hot sausage in a large bowl until evenly blended.

  • Stir Cheddar cheese into sausage mixture.

  • Mix biscuit baking mix into sausage mixture about 1/2 cup at a time until baking mix is moist.

  • Roll meat mixture into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch balls.

  • Arrange meatballs on prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are no longer pink in the center and cheese is browned, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 13.1g; fat 25.5g; cholesterol 62.9mg; sodium 1042.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2012
I made these for my husband's office for breakfast. Very simple ingredients - just make sure it is well incorporated before rolling into balls. It will look very dry and crumbly, but, keep working with it and it will come together into a smooth ball. Make sure you don't see any of the dry Bisquick. I only used about 1-1/2 lbs of sausage and about 1-1/2 cups of Bisquick. My oven cooks hot - so, I also baked at 350 for 20 minutes instead of 400 and they were perfect. I also baked them on a parchment covered baking sheet and they came right off the paper. Thanks, Mitchell! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/15/2014
These are kinda good. I made them using the exact recipe. I was surprised when I made them I thought when I made 1.5" balls that they would shrink a little but they turned out huge! I didn't add anything to spice it up since it called for hot sausage but the ones I picked out were overpoweringly spicy. It would be better to refine this recipe using mild sausage and a measure of complimentary spices. I also used the 8 ounces of sharp cheddar as called for but it didn't come through in the finished product very well especially against the spice and Bisquick. Both my brother and I tried these (incidentally he works at McDonalds) and even though I did not tell him there was bisquick in these he said "I handle a lot of sausage and pancakes every morning and that's what this tastes like but spicier." He then broke out the maple syrup and dipped them in it and that's when it became clear: this is not a great party food or a great starter or app but it IS decent as a breakfast item. If you want a good party version of this I would use more cheese a lot less bisquick and melt some cheese over the top of the balls at the end. Also they should be closer to 1" in diameter. If you keep them as is they might be good as part of some kind of breakfast meatball sandwich! Read More
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74 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2012
I made these for my husband's office for breakfast. Very simple ingredients - just make sure it is well incorporated before rolling into balls. It will look very dry and crumbly, but, keep working with it and it will come together into a smooth ball. Make sure you don't see any of the dry Bisquick. I only used about 1-1/2 lbs of sausage and about 1-1/2 cups of Bisquick. My oven cooks hot - so, I also baked at 350 for 20 minutes instead of 400 and they were perfect. I also baked them on a parchment covered baking sheet and they came right off the paper. Thanks, Mitchell! Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2012
I have found that if I microwave the sausage for a bit, it is easier to mix with the other ingredients. After cooling, I freeze these in a ziplock bag and microwave as many as needed for breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
the more sausage the better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2016
I've been making these for years. I use the Bob Evans Zesty style pork sausage for mine. Really gives it a nice kick without bing too hot. I always add more cheese because well, CHEESE!! I add 2 tsp. baking powder as well. This really makes them puff up. I also use 1/2 Cup of water, otherwise they're a little dry. One more thing I'd like to add is that I grate my own cheese. When you buy the pre-grated cheese they put some drying chemicals on it so the cheese won't stick together. That dries out the sausage balls. Just grate your own, you'll not be sorry you did. These sausage balls are SO much better when you do it yourself. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2013
FYI - It says makes 12 servings and my batch made 60 1-1.5" balls. So I guess it's 5 balls = 1 serving? The sausage I used was 1 lb Great Value brand mild pork sausage (in the chub) 4 links (about.8 lbs) of Great Value mild Italian pork sausage. I didn't have sharp cheddar so I used medium cheddar (Tillamook) and grated a little over half of my full pound brick. (a little extra cheese to make up for the too little sausage). A full 2 cups of regular bisquick. It made 62 balls for me. Baked at 400 for 17 minutes on parchment paper lined pans. These produce a fair amount of oil/grease so best to use a fully rimmed pan to prevent spills when taking out of the oven. The flavor was great though mild. Perfect for the kid and parent crowd at my party tomorrow though sophisticated palettes will appreciate using the hot sausage and sharp cheddar IMHO. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2013
I added onions red & green bell peppers...sooooooo good... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2012
I was searching for a cheese ball recipe and happened to find this recipe. I've been making this EXACT recipe for years. If you don't have hot sausage or want more kick, try adding some crushed red pepper. These sausage balls are requested of me all the time! And they are really simple to make. You can mix ingredients and shape the balls a few days in advance if needed. You might want to save a few for breakfast the next morning. :) Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2012
These are great. I've been trying to find a recipes for Hot Shots that I've had at Wild Wings on Hilton Head Island. Yum. These are the closest I've gotten. I served them with the "Yummy Honey Mustard Dip" found on Allrecipes. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/yummy-honey-mustard-dipping-sauce/detail.aspx I covered my baking sheet with parchment paper and turn them half way through baking. They lift off easily. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2013
Super easy recipe that I have used for years. I use the heart healthy Bisquick because it does not have partially hydrogenated oils in it. I also make sure to use a high quality/local sausage for better flavor and less fat. Using foil is a great idea only if they are sprayed with nonstick oil. Otherwise they stick! I like to use the foil as I have many different coated/color cookie sheets and the foil helps make all the meatballs more uniform when baked no matter the pan! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
11/15/2014
These are kinda good. I made them using the exact recipe. I was surprised when I made them I thought when I made 1.5" balls that they would shrink a little but they turned out huge! I didn't add anything to spice it up since it called for hot sausage but the ones I picked out were overpoweringly spicy. It would be better to refine this recipe using mild sausage and a measure of complimentary spices. I also used the 8 ounces of sharp cheddar as called for but it didn't come through in the finished product very well especially against the spice and Bisquick. Both my brother and I tried these (incidentally he works at McDonalds) and even though I did not tell him there was bisquick in these he said "I handle a lot of sausage and pancakes every morning and that's what this tastes like but spicier." He then broke out the maple syrup and dipped them in it and that's when it became clear: this is not a great party food or a great starter or app but it IS decent as a breakfast item. If you want a good party version of this I would use more cheese a lot less bisquick and melt some cheese over the top of the balls at the end. Also they should be closer to 1" in diameter. If you keep them as is they might be good as part of some kind of breakfast meatball sandwich! Read More
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