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Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls

These flavorful sausage balls make the perfect appetizer and come together in just a few minutes. Impress your guests with these delicious and tender meatballs!

Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls in a pile in a large bowl.

These Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls are one of those easy recipes that pack an incredible amount of flavor.

Got 15 minutes until guests arrive and need an appetizer that will wow? This should be your go-to recipe. These meatballs are tender, cheesy, garlicky and delicious. 

The best part about these Cheddar Bay Biscuit Sausage Balls is how easily they come together. Just four basic ingredients come together and form a treat that is so, so tasty. 

These sausage balls are perfect for a snack, a breakfast side or an appetizer. If you love cheddar bay biscuits (Red Lobster Biscuits!!), you’ve got to give this recipe a try!

Why Make This Recipe

Overhead view of sausage balls in a parchment paper-lined bowl
  1. Simple Ingredients: You may not necessarily have all these ingredients on hand, like the Red Lobster biscuit mix, but they are easy to pick up at your local grocery store and I’m sure once you try these sausage balls you might consider keeping these ingredients on hand just in case.
  2. Easy Appetizer: Make it a great appetizer, a snack, you could even build a meal out of these tasty sausage balls! These easy sausage balls are great for just about any occasion.
  3. Explosive Flavor: The combination of garlic, cheese and sausage in this dish cannot be beat!

What Do I Need to Make This Recipe

Ingredients

Labeled ingredient shot for cheddar bay sausage balls
  1. Ground Sausage: Make sure you are buying ground sausage and not just ground pork! 
  2. Cream Cheese: I prefer full fat but you could use reduced fat 
  3. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix: You’ll use everything that comes in the box including the seasoning packet. Look for the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix in the baking aisle at the grocery store. I usually find it next to the boxed pancake or biscuit mix. You may even be able to find this mix in a gluten free version.

Tools

  1. Wooden Spoon or Electric Hand Mixer: You can mix these by hand but to make it quick, use an electric mixer
  2. Large Mixing Bowl

How to Make This Recipe

Step One: Mix the Ingredients

Ingredients in a mixing bowl, unmixed
Ingredients mixed up in a mixing bowl

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a medium sized bowl, use an electric hand mixer to combine the sausage, cream cheese, paprika, and biscuit mix until fully combined. 

Then add the shredded cheddar cheese and use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix by hand until fully incorporated. 

Step Two: Form the Balls

Raw, rolled cheddar bay sausage balls on parchment paper, close up
Raw, rolled cheddar bay sausage balls on parchment paper, full sheet pan view

Portion the biscuit dough into 2 Tbsp portions and roll into equal balls. 

Place the uncooked sausage balls on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and put in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. 

Step Three: Season and Serve

pastry brush brushing butter on the sausage balls

Once cooked, melt the butter and mix the Seasoning Packet into the butter. Use a pastry brush to brush the butter mixture over the cooked sausage balls. Serve and enjoy! 

Best Tips for Mixing your Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls

  1. A stand mixer with a dough hook or paddle attachment makes mixing these balls easy and helps keep your hands clean. Be careful not to overmix as this can make your balls tougher.
  2. It’s a good idea to mix the cream cheese first to make it soft, then add all the other ingredients. Mix just until the ingredients are combined, then stop.
  3. Mixing with your hands is very effective but the heat from your hands may actually melt some of the fat in the meat if you mix for too long, which you don’t want. If you need to mix by hand, do so sparingly! 
  4. Allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature to make mixing easier. Allowing the sausage to thaw for just a few minutes before mixing will also make mixing easier but be careful to always practice proper food safety and keep raw meat at a safe temperature. 
  5. Use a small cookie scoop for perfectly uniform 1-inch balls.

Expert Tips 

Close up of full bowl of cheddar bay sausage balls
  • It may be a good idea to transfer the balls to some paper towels after baking to remove some extra grease before adding the seasoning on top.
  • To give your balls a hint of spice, try using a spicy sausage. You could also throw some red pepper flakes into your mix or serve with a side of hot sauce.
  • I like to use pork sausage for this recipe but you could use turkey, chicken or even mild Italian sausage just as easily.
  • Many recipes for these Red Lobster cheddar Bay Sausage balls will call for even more cheese. Feel free to experiment by adding extra pre-shredded cheese into the mix.

FAQs

Can I Make These Sausage Balls Ahead of Time?

This sausage balls recipe comes together very quickly but if you are preparing several appetizers for a gathering, this is one you could mix up ahead of time. You can prepare the meat mixture the night before and place it in the refrigerator in an airtight container to cook the next day or you can bake the sausage balls completely and reheat the next day. 

You could also freeze the balls individually and bake them from frozen.

What to Dip Sausage Balls In

Hand dipping sausage balls into spicy mayo

These sausage balls are a flavor blast all on their own but if you want to mix it up a little bit, feel free to serve them with a variety of dipping sauces. 

These sausage balls are delicious with:

  • Ranch Dressing
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Honey mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Marinara sauce
  • Garlic butter
  • Queso
  • Spicy Ketchup
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Sharp cheddar cheese sauce
  • Palmetto cheese
  • Spicy mayo

How To Store Leftover Sausage Balls

I wouldn’t expect to have too many of these delicious sausage balls leftover but in the case that you do, they save very well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about four days.

I recommend reheating in the microwave or air fryer as the oven may dry them out and make them tough.

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Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls in a pile with sauce behind them

Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls

These flavorful sausage balls make the perfect appetizer and come together in just a few minutes. Impress your guests with these delicious and tender meatballs!
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 33

Equipment

  • Wooden Spoon
  • Electric Hand Mixer You can also use a standing mixer
  • Large Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 (11.36 oz) box Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp 4 Tbsp Butter
  • Seasoning Packet in Red lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, use an electric hand mixer to mix the cream cheese until it softens. Then add the sausage, paprika, and biscuit mix until fully combined.
  • Add the shredded cheddar cheese to the mixture and use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix until fully incorporated.
  • Portion the biscuit dough into 2 Tbsp portions and roll into equal balls.
  • Place the balls on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and put in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
  • Once cooked, melt the butter and mix the Seasoning Packet into the butter. Use a pastry brush to brush the butter mixture over the cooked sausage balls. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe copyright The Domestic Spoon. For educational or personal use only. 
  1. Ground Sausage: Make sure you are buying ground sausage and not just ground pork! 
  2. Cream Cheese: I prefer full fat but you could use reduced fat
  3. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix: You’ll use everything that comes in the box including the seasoning packet. Look for the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix in the baking aisle at the grocery store. I usually find it next to the boxed pancake or biscuit mix. You may even be able to find this mix in a gluten free version.
  4. It may be a good idea to transfer the balls to some paper towels after baking to remove some extra grease before adding the seasoning on top.
  5. To give your balls a hint of spice, try using a spicy sausage. You could also throw some red pepper flakes into your mix or serve with a side of hot sauce.
  6. I like to use pork sausage for this recipe but you could use turkey, chicken or even mild Italian sausage just as easily.
  7. Many recipes for these Red Lobster cheddar Bay Sausage balls will call for even more cheese. Feel free to experiment by adding extra pre-shredded cheese into the mix.
  8. See above “Best Tips for Mixing your Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls” section for tips! 
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  1. 5 stars
    Honestly the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted. I could not stop eating them. Police had to come and remove them from the premises to get me to stop…but I’ll find them soon enough. 50/10, would have again!