10 Easy and Delicious Sausage Balls Recipes

Sausage Balls

Simply put, sausage balls are just like ordinary links and patty sausages. It’s also another name for meatballs. What you put together as sausage ingredients is what this article is all about. There are ten easy and delicious sausage balls recipes that may become a favorite.

Hey, vegans, before you say “ew” and run away, an increasing number of supermarkets and specialty food stores carry vegan ground sausage. On a personal level, I find Harmony Valley has some great meat alternative mixes that will work beautifully with every single recipe posted here. Check out how it works with the first one on the list.

1. Are You Sure it’s Vegan Sausage Balls

Found from the Ezra Pound Cake archives, this vegan-friendly sausage balls recipe is awesome. Hey, meat lovers, don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it.

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of vegan sausage rolls
  • 1/2 pound of dairy-free cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cup Bisquick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix the sausage, cheese, and Bisquick together.
  • Put the mixture into a food processor and add the olive oil, pepper, and cayenne.
  • Pulse everything until all is well blended.
  • Place the mixture back into the mixing bowl and begin rolling out one-inch balls between your hands.
  • Using a parchment-lined baking sheet, lay out the rolled sausage balls. Make sure they remain single-layered and evenly spaced.
  • Bake the vegan sausage balls in the oven for about twelve to fifteen minutes. The idea is to have them turn a golden brown.

Cook’s Suggestion; If you’re looking for a gluten-free option to Bisquick does offer that as part of its product line.

2. Boudin Balls

Boudin is a spicy sausage of cajun origin. It’s a Louisiana favorite that is a “must eat” destination for foodies visiting New Orleans. These sausage balls are made with pork and rice, along with the pizzazz of cajun-style flavors.

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Boudin sausage with their casings removed and the filling crumbled
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs (Panko works best)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil for deep frying


  • In a bowl, combine the flour and cajun seasoning together.
  • In another bowl, have your breadcrumbs ready.
  • In a third bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.
  • Roll the boudin sausage into one inch balls.
  • Roll each ball, one at a time, in the flour.
  • Gently coat the sausage ball in the egg wash and make sure to shake off the excess.
  • Bathe the meatball in the breadcrumbs, making sure it’s completely and evenly coated.
  • Press the bread coating so it sticks better to the sausage.
  • Place the sausage ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Continue with the sausage balls, making sure they remain single layers.
  • Store the meatballs in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes.
  • Preheat the deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the vegetable oil.
  • In batches, deep fry the sausage balls until they become golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and let them rest on a surface lined with paper towels before serving.

Cook’s Suggestion; What’s popular with these sausage rolls are creole-style dipping sauces.

3. Breakfast Sausage Balls

For many who love a good breakfast, if sausage isn’t part of the equation then it doesn’t work. As breakfast meat, it’s usually served as a link or patty. So, how about sausage balls? Why not?

List of Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups of biscuit baking mix
  • 10 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, thoroughly combine the ground meat, baking mix, cheese, egg, and milk.
  • Round up the sausage into one-inch
  • Bake the sausage balls in the preheated oven for about ten minutes. Ideally, you want the sausage balls to reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.

Cook’s Suggestion; Serve this up with some pan-fried potatoes and some scrambled eggs and you may have a new reason to get up early in the morning.

4. Chicken Sausage Balls

Who says sausage balls have to strictly come from beef, lamb, or pork?

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Thoroughly mix together in a large bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder, pepper, salt, smoked paprika, sage, and Allspice.
  • Add in the ground chicken and cheddar cheese and mix together until well blended. There should be no dry ingredients exposed at this point.
  • Form one-inch balls between your hands and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for about twenty minutes or until the chicken sausage balls reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook’s Suggestion; If you don’t care for the smoky flavor, just use regular paprika instead.

5. Greek Style Sausage Balls (Soutzkoukakia)

The Greeks call it Soutzkoukakia. Sometimes they come as sausage balls. Sometimes they come as sausage rolls. Although the meat ingredient here suggests beef, the Greeks are also fans of using ground lamb. The recipe shared here is just one variant. It is, however, an easy and delicious approach to turning your sausage balls into a Mediterannean experience.

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 loaf of white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • salt and pepper (according to personal taste)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 3/4 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 8 oz can or jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Place the ground beef into a bowl.
  • Soak the bread in a bit of water and a 1/4 cup of sweet wine. Allow the bread to absorb the liquid for a few minutes.
  • Squeeze the liquid out of the bread, then crumble it as you add it to the ground meat mixture.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, eggs, salt, and pepper, making sure it blends well into the bread and meat mixture.
  • Form the meatballs until they’re about two inches in diameter.
  • Heat up a skillet with about an inch of vegetable oil.
  • Carefully add the meatballs to the pan and fry them until all the sides have reached a light brown color.
  • For less greasy sausage rolls, drain them on paper and set them aside.
  • In a saucepan, add the olive oil, tomato sauce, sugar, cinnamon, the rest of the wine, and the water.
  • Bring this liquified mixture to a boil over medium-high heat until it thickens.
  • Add the sausage rolls to the sauce and heat everything to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove from the heat source and let it sit for about five to ten minutes. This allows the sausage rolls to absorb the sauce. It also makes them more tender.

Cook’s Suggestion; This is fantastic with steamed rice.

6. Mexican Sausage Balls

List of Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz package of pork sausage
  • 1 8-oz package of softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Bisquick
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 4-oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican or nacho cheese blend


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix all the mentioned ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll the mixture into one-inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the sausage balls for about twenty minutes. You want them to turn nice and brown before serving.

Cook’s Suggestion; This is great with Spanish rice and corn. Have some salsa handy if you’re into dipping.

7. Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

This is as colorful as it is tasty and it’s definitely worth the effort. It’s one of the easiest recipes, which I’ve tweaked from the Plain Chicken site. Its recipe calls for sausage meat for the pimento cheese sausage balls, as well as a container of pimento cheese.

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef or pork
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 4-oz package of softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Bisquick
  • 1 4-oz pimento peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix all of the mentioned ingredients together until well blended.
  • Roll the mixture into one-inch balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for about twenty minutes or until they’re nice and brown. You want the internal temperature to be at least 160 degrees before serving.

Cook’s Suggestion; These make a pretty cool snack while enjoying a game. Dip these into salsa and sour cream mix for a tasty experience.

8. Porcupines

They’re called porcupines because of the rice. This is a variant from the classic Boudin Balls that is a fried cajun favorite. You’re read that recipe already, right? This is a less kicky version of it.

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • 4 thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup finely ground dried bread crumbs


  • Heat up the deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, mix together the beef, cooked rice, onions, and breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in one egg to form a tight batter.
  • In another bowl, make an egg wash by whisking together the second egg and the milk.
  • Form the meat mixture into tight balls that are measured about one inch in diameter.
  • Roll the sausage balls in flour, then coat them in the egg wash.
  • Roll the sausage balls in the ground bread crumbs.
  • Place the sausage balls into the deep fryer and cook until it becomes golden brown.
  • Once cooked, drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Cook’s Suggestion; You already have the rice inside the sausage balls. As a great sidekick for this tasty dish, try a honey dill dipping sauce to go with it.

9. Spinach Sausage Balls

List of Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound of ground beef
  • 1/3 pound of ground lamb
  • 1/3 pound of ground pork
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt (according to personal taste


  • Combine all three ground types of meat together and cook them together until browned.
  • Remove the meat from heat.
  • Stir into the meat mixture the parmesan cheese, spinach, onion, black pepper, stuffing mix, eggs, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and salt. If you like kick, add the cayenne pepper too.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Shape these into one-inch balls and place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for about fifteen minutes. You want them a nice golden brown before removing and serving.

Cook’s Suggestion; This is great with pasta dishes. Should you ever fancy spaghetti and meatballs, try this.

10. Sweet and Spicy Sausage Balls

List of Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ginger


  • Roll the sausage meat into one-inch balls.
  • In a large saucepan, stir together the red wine vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and ginger over medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking and simmering for about fifteen minutes. The goal here is to have the sauce thicken.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, fry the sausage balls in batches until they’re well browned on all sides with no sign of pink in the center. This takes about five minutes per batch.
  • Transfer the cooked sausage balls with a slotted spoon from the heat into the saucepan of sauce. Make a point to have each sausage ball well coated.
  • Once they’re all finished cooking, they’re ready to serve.

Cook’s Suggestion: Make it a full-blown Oriental night by serving these sausage balls on a bed of rice, along with some stir-fried veggies and a spring roll.

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