Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

Breakfast on-the-go has never been easier!

We often make sausage balls around the holidays, but they are a great breakfast food to have around all year long. Sausage balls can be made in large batches and frozen, and they microwave really well (I actually prefer them microwaved the next day).

A cup of hot coffee and a few sausage balls. Yum. Sometimes I even drizzle a little maple syrup on them, and that takes it to a whole new level!

I’ve looked at dozens of sausage ball recipes, but the basic one I have been using for years always seems to be the one I prefer. Some have too much breading and not enough sausage, and others add weird ingredients like parsley that take away from the simplicity of this breakfast snack.

I honestly can’t remember where I found the original recipe, and I have tweaked baking times and measurements so many times over the years that it now feels like my own. If this looks like the way you do it, just assume it is coincidence!


  • 2 cups all purpose baking mix (like Bisquick)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 lbs Jimmy Dean sausage (I use 1 maple flavored and 1 hot flavored if they are available)

Jimmy Dean Sausage


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a large bowl using your hands. Roll dough into balls about the size of a golf ball and place on cookie sheet. They can be spaced fairly close together.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 38-40 sausage balls.

Sausage Balls

  • Peggy

    I used to make these when you were young. It would make so many, that I would often take them to work and share. They were always a hit. I like the addition of maple syrup inside of them too. They definitely are “simple and satisfying”! Beware! You can’t eat just one.

    • Justin

      I remember them when I was young! You just can’t go wrong with these!

  • Lana

    Made these for dinner with mashed potatoes and country gravy. Logan said they are better than tator tot casserole lol (that is an extremely big compliment to him).

    • Justin

      Thanks Logan! I never thought of having them for dinner! I’m going to have to look up tater tot casserole. Sounds like something the kids would love!

  • Bill

    Thanks for dropping by Southern Boy Dishes and for your kind words. I’m so glad to find your blog. Looks like you’ve started recently and you’re doing a great job! I’ll be checking in to see what your cooking! BTW, I love sausage balls. There only one problems…I can’t stop once I start eating them! :-) Great post!

    • Justin

      Thank you! I totally agree with you about the sausage balls. They are super addicting! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Matt Robinson

    These are so cool and my sons would go nuts over them! Thanks for stopping by my site and I’m happy to be on yours as well. Are you on Bloglovin? If not you should be! Have a great weekend.

    • Justin

      Thanks for stopping by and for the Bloglovin tip. I haven’t heard of it yet (I’m kind of new at this), but I’ll definitely check it out!

  • Lana

    Justin, Jesse and Logan love tator tot casserole- we originally got it from the Duggers (they make it on their show- not sure what it’s called now- 21 (?) kids and counting? Lol). Anyway I make it with sausage- brown sausage and put it in a 9×13 pan, cover with country gravy then lots of tator tots then cheddar cheese and bake (follow the directions on the tator tot bag for temp and time. The original recipe uses ground beef and canned soup.

    • Peggy Jordan

      That sounds like something I would love to try too! I love anything with sausage and gravy.

    • Justin

      I don’t see how you can go wrong with those ingredients! Yours sounds better without the canned soup!