Bisquick Sausage Balls Recipe (3 Ingredients!)

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Bisquick sausage balls are a simple breakfast or snack. You only need 3 ingredients and thirty minutes to make these tasty bites.

If you have a box of Bisquick in you pantry be sure to check out some of these other amazing Bisquick recipes.

Bowl of Bisquick Sausage Balls


Sausage balls are a staple in our house all year long. We love them for game day, weekend snacks, and of course the holidays. They are especially delicious when paired with these Blushing Mimosas.

This Recipe for Bisquick Sausage Balls is Super Tasty!

Need something to serve with breakfast or as a game day snack? If you have Bisquick, shredded cheese, a roll of breakfast sausage, and 40 minutes, you have everything you need to whip up these delicious sausage balls!

If you stop into my family’s house any day of the week, there’s a good chance we’ll be whipping up sausage balls. When they’re this easy to make and turn out so mouth-wateringly delicious, how can we resist?

Plus, these hearty bites are perfect for pretty much any occasion. Need a tantalizing appetizer? A game day snack? Something hearty to serve with eggs and toast for breakfast? Sausage balls are the answer!

I also love that they’re freezer-friendly. I’ll whip up a giant batch, freeze what I don’t plan to eat right away, and then serve up the extras whenever the craving strikes. Which is pretty much all the time!

This is one of those recipes you’ll be so happy to have in your back pocket. It only requires about 10 minutes of prep time, then you just let everything bake to savory perfection. Whether you’re planning a leisurely family breakfast or you just remembered that potluck you’re supposed to go to tonight, you can’t go wrong with sausage balls.

Why are they called 3-2-1 sausage balls?

The name comes right from the ingredients. You’ll use 3 cups of Bisquick, 2 cups of cheese, and 1 sausage roll. How easy is that?

I also like to add a cup of water to the recipe. This makes the Bisquick fluff up a bit so the texture is more like a biscuit. So I guess these should technically be 3-2-1-1 sausage balls, but that’s just not quite as fun to say.

The sausage rolls we use are 16 ounces, which should be the standard size you find in most stores. Of course, if you have another kind of ground sausage, you could always use that instead. Just measure out 16 ounces and you’re good to go!

Bisquick Sausage Balls Recipe 3 Ingredients

  • Sausage – I like using sausage with sage but you could also use original, Italian, spicy, or even maple sausage.
  • Cheese – Freshly shredded cheese would be the best choice to add a little moisture. You can also use pre-packaged cheese. Choose your favorite like cheddar, Colby Jack, even pepper jack.
  • Bisquick – Use the original mix for this recipe.
Bowl of Bisquick, cheese, milk, and roll of sausage.

How to make Sausage Balls with Bisquick

This sausage ball recipe is so easy! I find using using a large spoon or my hands works well to mix the ingredients, just be sure not to over mix.

  1. Mix: Place sausage, Bisquick, cheese, water, and optional spices in a large bowl. Stir together until completely combined.
  2. Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop out sausage ball mixture and form 1-inch balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
Sausage Ball Recipe - Bowl of Bisquick, cheese and sausage.

Sausage Balls Bisquick Tips

  • Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray to help prevent dough from sticking to your hands when you are forming the balls.
  • If you like your sausage balls spicy, use spicy sausage.
  • Don’t over mix the dough. Over mixing will make the sausage balls tough. You can use an electric mixer or hands to mix the dough.
  • Love sweet and salty? Try dipping these into some maple syrup.
Sausage ball mixture in a glass bowl
sausage balls baked on a cookie sheet pan
Plate of sausage balls

How to store Bisquick Sausage Cheese Balls

Store: Let the sausage balls cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Freeze: After they have baked, let them cool. Place on a baking sheet in the freezer and let them completely freeze. Place them in a freezer safe bag or container and keep them for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Reheat sausage balls in the oven at 350 degrees.

Do sausage balls need to be refrigerated?

I like to serve them warm and then place any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator. If you are serving them for a party, they can stay out on the table for about 2 hours.

Can you freeze them?

Yes you can freeze them! Place cooked and cooled sausage balls on a baking sheet in the freezer. Once they have frozen, place them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 4 months. To reheat, let them thaw in the refrigerator and then bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

How to make your own Bisquick

If you don’t have Bisquick on hand, mix together 3 cups all-purpose flour, 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 tablespoon butter.

How to serve this Recipe for Bisquick Sausage Balls

Bisquick sausage balls are best if they are served warm. If you need to keep them warm for a party, place them in a slow cooker on the warm setting.

Bisquick Sausage Balls 3 Ingredients FAQ

Why are my sausage balls dry?

They can be dry if over baked or if they are not completely mixed.

Why are my sausage balls not sticking together?

They might not stick together if too much Bisquick is used or no liquid is used. The water helps to keep the balls in tact and stuck together.

Do you put egg in sausage balls?

No eggs are used for this easy recipe.

How many sausage balls does this recipe make?

This recipe makes approximately 28, 1-inch sausage balls.

What to serve with Bisquick Sausage Cheese Balls

These tasty bites are so good, you don’t actually need to serve them with anything. On game days, I just transfer them to a platter, set out some toothpicks, and let everyone dig in!

But they are also a great complement for so many meals. For an unforgettable breakfast, try serving them alongside Sourdough French Toast, Pecan Praline Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Eggs Benedict Casserole, or Air Fryer Hash browns!

Sausage balls are also a great part of any game day or appetizer spread. Enjoy them with Ground Beef Taco Dip, Frozen Potato Skins, Chicken Wings, Jalapeno Poppers, or even Cheese Curds!

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Bisquick Sausage Balls 3 Ingredients

By Heather
Easy Bisquick Sausage Balls
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 balls


  • 3 cups bisquick
  • 2 cups shredded cheese I use Colby and Monterey Jack blend
  • 1 roll sage breakfast sausage
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl mix together ingredients by hand until well blended.
  • Roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on baking sheets about 1 inch apart from each other.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until sausage is completely cooked. 



  • Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray to help prevent dough from sticking to your hands.
  • If you like your balls spicy, use spicy sausage.
  • Don’t like spicy, omit the cayenne. 
  • Don’t over mix the dough. Over mixing will make the sausage balls tough.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. I named this back in the ’70’s funny how it has been changed … this is my recipe … I named them 1-2-3 so I could remember the ingredients … they are so easy and so good … I got the recipe at a church party …
    Bisquick® 1-2-3 Sausage Balls
    1 (16 ounce) tube Jimmy Dean® hot sausage
    2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
    3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
    Directions: Allow cheese and sausage to come to room temperature. Combine all ingredients (easier done by hand). Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately. May be frozen [before cooking] for future use. Makes 40-45 balls. Easy as 1 .. 2 .. 3 ..