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Paula Deen Sausage Balls

If you’re a fan of sausage, you’ll love this recipe for Paula Deen sausage balls. Juicy and full of sharp cheddar cheese, they have a ton of flavor. 

They’re the perfect appetizer for any party, game day, or small gathering.

Bunch of sausage balls in a plate garnished with chopped parsley.
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Plus, this dish requires only four ingredients and is super convenient. I’ve even included a recipe for dipping sauce! 


Here’s what you need to make Paula Deen sausage balls and dipping sauce. 

For the sausage balls: 

  • Non-stick cooking spray – You need it for the baking sheet. It’ll prevent the sausage balls from sticking. 
  • Ground sausage – The type of sausage you use is entirely up to you. I like spicy pork breakfast sausage. You can also use turkey sausage or Italian sausage. 
  • Sharp cheddar – For the best flavor, stick to sharp cheddar instead of another cheese. Also, it’ll melt better if you shred it yourself from a block instead of buying pre-shredded. 
  • Pepper – Season the balls with ground black pepper for extra flavor. 

For the dip: 

  • Mayo and mustard – The dipping sauce for these sausage rolls is a simple combo of mayo and mustard. For having only two ingredients, it’s surprisingly flavorful. 
Raw sausage balls arranged in a sheet pan,

How to Make Paula Deen Sausage Balls 

Here are the steps for making these succulent sausage balls: 

1. Prepare. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Make the sausage roll batter. Mix all the ingredients by hand in a large bowl. Then, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and transfer them to the greased baking sheet. 

3. Bake. The balls will need 18 to 20 minutes to bake. Be sure to flip them about halfway through the baking process. 

4. Make the dip. Combine the mayo and mustard in a small bowl during the last few minutes of baking. Whisk them together until they’re well combined. 

5. Serve. Serve the warm sausage balls with the dip on the side. Enjoy! 

Sausage cheese balls on stick dipped on a mayo mustard sauce.

Tips and Tricks

This recipe is already wonderfully simple. There are a few tips to ensure your sausage balls come out perfect every time: 

  • Shred like a pro. Bagged shredded cheese is certainly more convenient. However, it contains an anti-caking agent that makes it harder to melt. 
  • Embrace the fat! I know, I know! We’re all health-conscious and try to avoid fat and grease. Trust me, though. Those are things you want in this recipe. 
  • Measure with care. Too little baking mix, and the balls won’t hold their shape as well. Too much, and they’ll turn out dry. 
  • Watch the temperature. You might not think working with room-temperature cheese and sausage would make a difference. It does! The ingredients blend much easier when they aren’t cold.
  • Have fun with add-ins. Try jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce for heat. You can also add extra spices like paprika, garlic, dill, or cayenne. Diced celery and onions are a nice touch, too. 
Bunch of Paula Deen sausage cheese balls on a white plate.

Can You Make Sausage Balls Ahead of Time? 

You can absolutely make these sausage balls ahead of time! Simply follow the instructions on the recipe card below. Then, after baking the sausage balls, let them fully cool. 

Freeze the cooled balls in a freezer-safe, air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. When you want to serve them, reheat them in the oven for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. 

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How to Store 

Store fully cooled sausage balls in an air-tight container in the fridge. They should remain fresh for up to 4 days. Reheat them using the oven, microwave, or air fryer. 

You can also freeze them using the “make ahead” directions above. 

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These Paula Deen sausage balls are a must for any party! Full of savory meat and sharp cheese, you’ll want to devour them.


  • For the Sausage Balls:
  • 3 cups baking mix

  • 1 pound ground sausage

  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • For the Dip:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the baking mix, sausage, cheese, and pepper in a large bowl. Use your fingers to mix the ingredients.
  • Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on the greased baking sheet. Bake them for 18-20 minutes, flipping the balls halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, make the dip. Whisk together the mayonnaise and mustard.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Brush the balls lightly with olive oil before baking for a golden brown and crispy crust.
  • If the mixture feels too dry and difficult to shape, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to moisten it.
  • The provided nutrition facts are for the sausage balls only and do not include the dip.

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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