This non greasy sausage ball recipe is made with flour and no Bisquick. They’re a classic favorite at our house. Less greasy than the traditional recipe making them perfect for game days, brunch, and holiday get togethers.
Making Sausage Balls with Flour instead of Bisquick
Sausage balls have always been a treat in our house around the holidays. Everyone loves them for breakfast but they are just as delicious as appetizers for parties or get togethers and they’ll go about as fast as bacon wrapped tater tots.
The Bisquick recipe for sausage balls was on the back of the box of Bisquick when I was growing up. My mom used Bisquick for everything. I don’t really like the idea of using processed foods if I can avoid it, so I recreated a sausage ball recipe without Bisquick.
If you read the ingredients on the box, it’s flour and shortening and some chemicals. I decided that you should be able to use flour with a little butter and baking powder to get the same results.
We were all thrilled with the results. Using flour with a little butter instead of shortening makes the same delicious sausage balls but they are less greasy. I first tried baking them on a wire rack on a cookie sheet but you don’t need it; there was hardly any grease that dripped through.
Not only were they not as greasy but the texture was so much better than the Bisquick version. They were almost biscuit like.
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Why you’ll love this Sausage Ball recipe with Flour
- They’re a tasty finger food appetizer that can be eaten hot or room temperature!
- The sausage adds a lot of flavor to the melty cheese
- They aren’t greasy
- Great for breakfast, brunch or apps!
What are Sausage Balls made of?
- Sausage – this needs to be uncooked so it mixes into the flour and cheese to form balls, any breakfast sausage will work. I love Neeses.
- Cheddar cheese – take the extra minutes and grate the cheese yourself so it melts better. If you’re using a food processor, grate the cheese first.
- Flour – this helps bind the ingredients, if you want to make them gluten free follow the recipe for sausage balls with almond flour.
- Butter, salt, baking powder
What is the best kind of sausage to use for Sausage Balls?
The best type of sausage to use for sausage balls is a breakfast sausage. Try to find a local sausage like Neese’s in the South, otherwise, any breakfast sausage that you can find in the bacon and sausage area of the grocery or at the meat counter will work.
How To Make Sausage Balls without Bisquick
Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor or large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and process until combined or use a pastry cutter.
Add uncooked sausage and process until well combined. If you don’t have a food processor, use your hands or a stand mixer to combine. I used my hands for years and they turned out beautifully.
Use a small ice cream scoop to form into balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Once the ingredients are combined, you can roll them into balls, but it’s quicker and you will get prettier shaped sausage balls if you use a small ice cream scoop.
Bake for 15 minutes until browned.
Pro tip: You can mix the ingredients with your hands, but if you have a mixer, I highly recommend letting it do the work! It binds all the ingredients and then you just scoop out perfectly shaped balls.
How long to cook Sausage Balls
Sausage balls are made with raw pork, so depending on how large you form them, they should take about 15 minutes to cook.
Tools for making Sausage Cheese Balls with Flour
The worst thing about making sausage balls has always been getting all the ingredients combined. The only way I knew to do this was to use my hands. But this time, I was making the flour butter mixture in the food processor and just dumped the cheese and sausage in and OMG, it was perfectly blended and I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty.
I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of the food processor before. If you don’t have one, then try putting it in a stand mixer and mix it together or you can use your hands to combine the ingredients.
Put a food processor on your Christmas list if you don’t own one, this is my second one which I’ve had for at least 20 years. I had to replace one of the parts that I broke, but it’s still going strong.
What goes good with Sausage Balls?
Sausage balls are so versatile, we love them on Christmas morning where you can just grab one as your opening gifts, no fork needed. They are equally good for game day appetizers or for movie night. They don’t need any sauce or dip, just scrumptious all by themselves.
If you’re serving something sweet like cinnamon rolls, savory sausage balls will offset the sweetness. You can also serve them for brunch along with a sweet potato frittata or quiche.
If eating them for breakfast or brunch, try serving them with a crustless quiche or with a slice of honey oat bread or add some pimento cheese for a truly Southern addition.
How to store Sausage Balls
Can you freeze sausage balls?
Sausage balls can be frozen in an airtight container either after you have formed them into balls or after they have baked. Let them thaw completely before baking or reheating.
Do sausage balls need to be refrigerated?
Sausage balls do not need to be refrigerated after being baked. You can store them on the counter in an airtight container for 2-3 days. After that, they should be refrigerated or frozen.
Can sausage balls sit out?
After you have formed the sausage balls, you can leave them on the counter for a short period of time, but since it is raw meat, you should store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake. After they have cooked, you can leave them at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
What’s the best way to reheat sausage balls?
Place them in an oven at 350º for about 5 minutes. Don’t microwave.
Sausage Balls FAQs
You can use a strong mixer or your hands to combine the ingredients. A hand held mixer will not be strong enough.
Substitute almond flour and make keto sausage balls.
If you are using very lean sausage, you may need to cut back on the flour.
What’s nice about these is that you can make them in advance and freeze them before cooking. You can also freeze them after they’ve cooked and warm them up. If re-warming, sprinkle with a little water and bake at 350º until warm.
NO!! Don’t microwave them, you’ll get rubbery sausage balls. That doesn’t mean I haven’t done it in a pinch, but they are so much better if you can warm them in the toaster oven. I use my toaster oven all the time, I don’t think they sell it anymore but it’s similar to this toaster oven.
If your sausage balls are not sticking together, you may have added too much flour or it could be due to using pre-grated cheese. You can add a little milk to the mixture if it is too dry.
Sausage balls are done when they start to turn brown on top. If you’re not sure, you can open one up and make sure it’s not pink inside.
Instead of bisquick, you can use a flour mixture with baking powder, salt and butter.
Sausage balls can be tough if they are over cooked. Bake them until the bottoms are slightly brown.
Need more Game Day recipes
More finger food appetizers
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- Savory puff pastry pinwheels
- Family favorite mushroom cream cheese balls
- Hard to resist cheesy crackers
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Sausage Balls with Flour
- 2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter cold
- 1 lb. sausage uncooked
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese grated
- Preheat oven to 400º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and butter to a stand mixer or food processor and mix until butter is incorporated or pinch the butter together with your fingers until it is incorporated into the flour. Add grated cheese and mix. Add sausage a little at a time and mix until it comes together
- Using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop, form into balls and place on prepared rack.
- Bake for 15 minutes until slightly browned on the outside. Serve warm.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- If you want a low carb version, try Sausage Balls with Almond Flour
- If making pimento cheese sausage balls, substitute cheddar cheese for 10 ounces of pimento cheese.
- You will get the best results if you grate the cheese instead of buying pre-shredded cheese.
- Use a stand mixer or food processor to combine the ingredients.
- For perfectly shaped balls, use a small ice-cream scoop.
- You can refrigerate the balls prior to baking or freeze once they have been baked.
- To reheat, sprinkle with water and bake at 350º for 5-10 minutes.
Best sausage ball recipe ever. Tastes better than making with bisquick
Barbara Curry says
I agree, just made a batch tonight and froze them so I’ld have them on hand for the Holidays.