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The Ultimate Cream Cheese & Onion Ball

July 25, 2018 (Last Updated: June 29, 2019) by Chris Collins

Looking for an easy cheese ball recipe? Look no further than the Ultimate Cream Cheese and Onion Ball! Stuffed with caramelized onions and coated in crispy fried onions, this cheese and onion ball is sure to get the party started!

I mean realistically if you’re not serving a cream cheese ball the size of your face at your next gathering, is it even worth having!? A simple cheese board is totally a thing of the past. Face-sized cheese balls are the way forward. This is life now. 🙂

cream cheese ball coated in crispy fried onions on chopping board with biscuits and bread

This is my go-to recipe for BBQ’s, gatherings and dinner parties. I usually serve a few different varieties (which I will get round to uploading, promise) but this is my favourite. Guests love it every time.

So what the heck is in this cheese ball?

Good question.

Cream Cheese and Onion Ball Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Crispy Fried Onions

Sounds good right? Let’s talk caramelizing onions. After all, they are the star of the show in this recipe!

how to make caramelized onions step by step photos

If you’re making your own caramelized onions it’s crucial to get them truly caramelized. Rushing the process or cutting corners will result in an overpowering onion taste when combined with the other ingredients. You want them nicely sweet and sticky for this cheese ball recipe.

Homemade Caramelized Onions Ingredients

  • Onions (white or red)
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper

You can in fact caramelize onions with just a knob of butter or olive oil, but with these few additions the flavour really goes through the roof.

How to make Caramelized Onions

  1. Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick pan and add diced onions. Sautee for a few minutes over medium heat, then add your salt, pepper and thyme.
  2. Reduce heat to low and gently fry for around 20-25 mins until golden.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar, stir, then fry for another 25-30mins or until a dark caramel colour.

For a detailed tutorial on the best way to caramelize onions check out my caramelized onions recipe! But for now, let’s talk cream cheese ball.

how to make a cheese ball - step by step photos

How to make a Cream Cheese Ball

  1. Combine your fillings with your cream cheese in a suitably sized bowl.
  2. Empty onto a sheet of cling film and mould into a ball shape.
  3. Pop in the fridge until ready to serve (or at least 60mins until it firms up)
  4. Roll your bowl into your casing of choice. Serve immediately with your nibbles of choice!

Now somebody give me something to tackle this darn thing with!

dipping a carrot into cheese ball

Much better.

As you can see making a cheese ball recipe is pretty straight forward. Here’s just a few tips to make sure it’s perfect!

Tips for the best Cream Cheese Ball

  • Try and stay away from wet ingredients, it’ll turn your cheese ball sloppy and keep in from forming into a ball shape.
  • Give it a stint in the fridge before you serve to help firm up.
  • Pick a casing ingredient with a contrasting texture i.e nuts/crisps and add them after the stint in the fridge. Rolling the cheese ball in your outer layer just before serving will ensure the outside doesn’t go soft.

Biscuit anyone?

cheese ball spread over a cracker

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How to make a Cheese Ball (Full Recipe & Video)

cream cheese ball coated in crispy fried onions on chopping board with biscuits and bread

The Ultimate Cream Cheese and Onion Ball

Looking for an easy cheese ball recipe? Look no further than the Ultimate Cream Cheese and Onion Ball! Stuffed with caramelized onions and coated in crispy fried onions, this cheese and onion ball is sure to get the party started!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer / Starter
Cuisine: Party Food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 10
Calories: 253kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 500g / 1.1lbs Cream Cheese
  • 500g / 1.1lbs Onion, finely diced
  • 160g / 2 cups Fried Onions (store bought or homemade)
  • 100g / 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • few sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper


  • How to caramelize onions: Melt your butter over medium heat in a suitably sized non-stick pan and mix in your onion. Once softened, add your salt, pepper and thyme. Turn to low heat and stir occasionally ensuring an even cook for all the slices. After around 20-25 mins they will begin turning brown and releasing sugar. At this point add in your brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Keep on low heat. Cook for a further 25-30mins, stirring occasionally until dark brown and sticky.
  • Take off heat and leave to cool. Once cool, combine with your cream cheese and cheddar. Taste for seasoning.
  • Drop cheese mixture onto a large sheet of cling film and form into a ball. Pop in the fridge until needed (at least 60 mins to firm up).
  • Before serving, roll in your crispy onions and ensure a full coverage. Serve with nibbles of choice!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) How to caramelize onions - For a more thorough tutorial check out my caramelized onions recipe. It's really important to fully caramelize them to ensure they end up sweet and sticky. If you rush the process the onion taste is going to end up way too overpowering.
b) Amount of caramelized onions - The above recipe will produce around 1 cup of caramelized onions. Feel free to double to recipe for a sweeter onion flavour!
c) Coating just before serving - Because you want the crispy onions to stay crispy, don't coat them and let it sit in the fridge, they'll go soft. Wait until you're ready to serve and then coat the cheese ball.
d) Homemade crispy fried onions - If you want to make your own then finely dice 2 heaping cups worth of onions and pat with a paper towel to extract as much moisture as possible. Evenly coat in seasoned flower (shake off excess in a sift) and shallow fry until golden and crispy. Drain excess fat on a paper towel and you're good to go!
e) Serving and calories - it's pretty difficult to say how many people this will feed, but my estimate is comfortably 10. Calories based per serving (1/10th).


Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate Cream Cheese and Onion Ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.54g29%
Saturated Fat 11.436g57%
Trans Fat 0.118g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.709g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.108g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 296mg12%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 15.71g5%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugar 9.16g10%
Protein 7.41g15%
Vitamin A 1350IU27%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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For another easy cheese ball recipe check out my Fried Cheese Balls!

Fried Cheese Balls in a bucket with marinara dip

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  • Reply
    July 19, 2018 at 2:04 am

    5 stars
    This is such a good appetizer option! I love eating a good cheese ball!

    • Reply
      July 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Aren’t they just the best!?

  • Reply
    July 18, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    5 stars
    You had me at cream cheese and caramelized onions. Great combination and stunning photography!

    • Reply
      July 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Pam!! 🙂

  • Reply
    July 18, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This Cheese ball looks like the perfect snack! I’m definitely pinning this for later! Delicious!

    • Reply
      July 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Awesome 🙂 Enjoy!!

  • Reply
    July 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    I’m feeling kinda annoyed that I have attended so many gatherings and hardly been offered a cheese ball. I mean, this looks amazing. I guess I’ll just have to make it myself to serve to my guests! You can’t go wrong with cheese.

    • Reply
      July 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Haha I love your thinking! You really can’t. Enjoy!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole Tingwall
    July 18, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    5 stars
    This would be a hit at any party I throw! Who can say no to cheese?

    • Reply
      July 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Not me that’s for sure!

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