Sausage Balls with Cream Cheese (Bisquick Sausage Balls)

These Cream Cheese Sausage Balls are little savory bites of heaven that pack a real flavor punch. Made with pork sausage, Bisquick, cheese and seasonings, Bisquick Sausage Balls are a classic appetizer that everyone will love!

Add this easy appetizer to your party food recipe book alongside other favorites like Greek Salad Pinwheels and Spinach Artichoke Dip!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls (Bisquick Sausage Balls) with a toothpick in a serving dish with a small dish of barbecue sauce.

Years ago, my children were watching Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show (they are still fans to this day) and she was making these “sausage hors d’oeuvres” as she called them. My kids thought they looked like the best thing ever and demanded (ok they asked nicely) that we make them right away. We did and they were just as amazing as they looked! Also known as Bisquick Sausage Balls or Sausage Cheese Balls, these little bite sized snacks were beyond delicious.

Sausage Balls from Scratch

Not only are these Sausage Balls super tasty, but they are also incredibly easy to make. This time around I decided to kick up the flavor by adding cream cheese and a few seasonings to the mix. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Bisquick Sausage Balls:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package ground pork country sausage – this is my favorite because it’s savory and not spicy. Feel free to use other flavors of ground sausage.
  • Cream cheese – this keeps the sausage balls from getting dry.
  • Cheddar cheese – Freshly shredded off the block melts the best so I recommend it every time a recipe calls for shredded cheese. You can experiment with other types of cheese, like colby jack or mozzarella.
  • Bisquick – If you don’t have any in your pantry, try this homemade bisquick mix.
  • Seasonings (Garlic powder, onion powder, sage, parsley)
  • Milk – just a splash to moisten everything and help the bisquick and sausage balls stay together.

How to Make Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. I recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer to combine the ingredients as the mixture is quite thick and sticky.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, non-stick foil or parchment paper and form the sausage balls either with your hands or using a cookie scoop for uniform sized sausage balls.
  3. Arrange them on the baking sheet close together but not touching. Because they don’t flatten out as they bake you can fit a lot more on the baking sheet than if you were making cookies.
  4. They take about half an hour to bake and you can eat them pretty much right away. Be sure to have some barbecue sauce on hand for dipping!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls (Bisquick Sausage Balls) on a skewer dipped in barbecue sauce.

Top Tips and FAQs

  • Can you freeze Bisquick Sausage Balls? Absolutely! Allow the Sausage Cheese Balls to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container or ziploc freezer bag. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or the freezer for up to 6 months. To reheat, bake at the same temperature until heated all the way through (10 minutes or so). Microwave defrosted sausage balls by wrapping with a damp towel and heating for 30 seconds to a minute on high. The damp towel will keep the balls from drying out.
  • Serving Suggestions – We love to dip! I serve these Sausage Cheese Balls with barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s Spicy BBQ Sauce is our favorite). These would also be delicious with ranch dressing or a honey mustard dip. We usually serve them with fancy toothpicks, but these little bamboo picks are adorable too.
  • Can I make this recipe without bisquick? If you don’t have any Bisquick on hand but are really craving these delicious sausage balls, you can mix up a few dry ingredients to substitute the package mix. For a batch of homemade bisquick, you will need 6 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and a cup of butter OR vegetable shortening. Mix the dry ingredients in a food processor until blended, then pulse in the fat (butter or shortening) until it resembles a cornmeal texture. Store mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls (Bisquick Sausage Balls) up close in a serving dish.

Give Me More Appetizers!

If you’re looking to make a whole appetizer spread that includes Bisquick Sausage Balls (I love doing that for parties), consider adding a few of these to your menu!

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A dish full of meatballs.

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

These Cream Cheese Sausage Balls are little savory bites of heaven. Made with pork sausage, cheese & seasonings, Bisquick Sausage Balls are a true classic.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 18 servings
Calories 237kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounce package ground pork country sausage
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 1/4 cups Bisquick
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage or ¼ teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish if desired
  • Optional: Barbecue sauce, Ranch or Honey Mustard sauce for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick foil, silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. If you have a stand mixer, use it!
  • Shape pork mixture into one-inch balls and place onto the foil lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated 375 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm, garnished with fresh minced parsley if desired and your favorite dipping sauce for. (We love these with spicy barbecue sauce!).

Notes

Reheat leftovers in the microwave wrapped in a damp towel to keep from drying out. 
If reheating from frozen, heat in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 4piecesCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 9gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 471mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 318IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 1mg
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. The cream cheese makes all the difference! I used sharp cheddar cheese & one hot & one mild sausage. Only had 1 1/2 cream cheese so I added an extra TBL spoon of milk. Perfect!

  2. Made these today. I was craving sausage cheddar ball but hubby doesn’t like them usually because he thinks they are too dry. This recipe was not and he enjoyed them & said he would definitely eat them if I made them again. I made them according to recipe and used medium cheddar, mild breakfast sausage, and whole milk. Next time I think I will use sharp cheddar and hot sausage to make the flavor “pop” more – we usually don’t have these with any dipping sauce. Oh, I also used parchment paper to line the cookie sheet instead of foil – worked well and the bottoms of the sausage balls didn’t get too dark. Recipe is definitely a keeper & very versatile. 🙂

  3. I’m thinking of making these for a Sunday morning breakfast for my family but they are asking for a good sausage gravy for dipping
    Any idea or thought on that

  4. I baked the sausage balls as directed but the bottoms were burnt. Corrected second batch by lowering the temperature and minutes. Same result. Burnt bottoms. Help.

    1. Hi Grace, unfortunately without being in the kitchen with you, it’s hard to discern what went wrong. It’s possible that the oven temperature is off a bit (ovens can vary in temperature by up to 20 degrees or more) or that the size of the sausage balls differed from the recipe.

  5. This is different from standard cheese balls, but I going to try them for bridge. Sounds good. Hope so!

  6. I just made these sausage balls using this recipe, the BEST ever! The milk (which I have never used) really helped them to be so easy to work with and yummy, if you have a stand mixer as mentioned in instructions use it! can not be overstated, makes it so easy and mixed thoroughly.