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Sausage Balls Without Bisquick Recipe

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  • Author: Erin
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 46 balls 1x


These sausage balls are made from scratch without the use of a premade baking mix.  The use of sage sausage and sharp cheddar gives them lots of bite!  Makes enough to feed a hungry party crowd.


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (see notes)
  • 1 pound sage ground pork sausage
  • 3 TBS unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, and baking powder.
  2. Add the cheese and toss until coated.
  3. Add the sausage, melted butter, and milk.  Mix well - I find that using clean hands to mix the ingredients together works best.
  4. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a large lightly-greased baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned and cooked through.  Serve fresh.


Do not use pre-shredded cheese.  That type of cheese has a coating that will hinder the sausage ball mixture's ability to stick together when forming the balls.  Grate cheese from a block instead.

If you use regular sausage, add 1 tablespoon rubbed sage to the mixture.

You can freeze unbaked sausage balls.  Place the balls on a baking sheet and freeze for one hour, and then transfer the balls to a zip top freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months for best quality.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Starters
  • Method: Oven
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