Cheesy Sausage Balls

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season, when there’s plenty of food, family, food, friends, football, and … food! I always like to add a little something extra to a Rollins’ holiday feast, to use as an appetizer or maybe just something to snack on while watching the games on TV. So, today we’re talking about Sausage Balls. But, these are not your ordinary sausage balls. These are spicy and cheesy and easy and oh, so good.

A Logical Start

You just can’t make a good sausage ball without sausage, so that’s where we start. I like to use Potter’s Sausage, but you can use whatever brand you like. Make sure to keep in on the lean side because you don’t want the finished product to be too greasy.

Bring On The Cheese. Bring On The Spice.

To the sausage, we’re adding grated pepper jack and cheddar cheese, some cream cheese and a grated jalapeño pepper. Then we toss in a little chopped green onions and garlic cloves and mash it all together until everything is fully incorporated.

I like to use my hands for mixing this all together because it will help incorporate it the best. Wet  your hands a little before mixing to help it from sticking to your hands as much.

Tip: If you’re like me and enjoy a spicy flavor to your food, grate the entire jalapeño pepper, ribs, seeds and all to add some heat to these sausage balls.

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Once you get everything mixed well, form the sausage into a large ball. Then pinch off a bit at time and roll into a ball about the size of a golf ball.

Tip: Keep the balls uniform in size to that they’ll all have the same cooking time.

Whether you’re cooking these sausage balls indoors or outdoors, be sure to place them on a sheet of parchment paper to keep them from getting too brown on the bottom.

Cook And Consume

Outdoors, we’ll cook the sausage balls over good hardwood coals for about 15-20 minutes in a Dutch oven.

Indoors, go about 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.  When the sausage balls are firm to the touch, they’re done and ready to eat. Personally, I like to add a spoon of Green Chile Chipotle Relish, made by that cowboy cook guy y’all know, before taking a bite of these sausage balls.

Folks, this recipe will be a great addition to your traditional holiday meals. Its full of great flavor and easy to make.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to one and all!


Cheesy Sausage Balls - Cowboy Kent Rollins

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 to 20 balls


  • 1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 8 ounce block pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 8 ounce block cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • 1 jalapeno grated
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups Bisquick or 1 ½ cup flour,3 teaspoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt
  • Red River Ranch Mesquite seasoning or your favorite blend


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the sausage, shredded cheeses and cream cheese. Mix well with your hands.
  • Stir in the onion, jalapeno, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. With your hands, slowly mix in the Bisquick mix. Form the mixture into a ball.
  • Pinch off golfball-sized balls and place on the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with Mesquite seasoning, or you favorite blend, to taste.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and set.


Mesquite seasoning available at
These are great to dip in our Green Chile Chipotle Relish too!