Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with No Nuts

February 9, 2023

By: Miranda Lamb

Growing up, we did not have a lot of extended family where we lived. So our Christmas Eve evening was always more of a causal affair. But there was one food item that was at every Christmas Eve, our family cheese ball! You wouldn’t think people would fight over a cheese ball, but this simple recipe is so good that everyone wanted to have the last bite. This easy cheese ball recipe with no nuts is perfect for the holidays, your Super Bowl party, or a couple’s game night!

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with No Nuts

Easy Cheese Ball makes two cheeseballs so you can make them for a crowd or hold back one for yourself. I won’t tell! Plus with the simple ingredients, it won’t break the budget.

And unlike most cheese balls, this recipe has no nuts, so it is perfect if someone in your party has a nut allergy. But Easy Cheese Ball has plenty of flavor so you won’t miss the nuts!

Make Your Nut-Free Cheese Ball Ahead

When you are hosting a party, it is critical that you have make ahead dishes. So you are going to love that you can make Easy Cheese Ball Recipe a couple days ahead. Plus, the extra time, prepped and in the fridge, helps the cheese ball appetizer flavors blend. When company shows up, all you do is pull out the cheese ball and add the crackers. Your guests are happily snacking, and you can finish whatever else needs done.

I typically make the appetizer two days ahead. This cheese ball calls for a combination of cream cheese and hard packed cheese. The hard packed spreadable cheese has gotten a little harder to find. So sometimes, I can’t get my preferred brand. But there is typically a type of spreadable hard packed cheese.

Just a note, that you will add one package of the thin beef lunch meat to the recipe. And then hold back the other package for rolling your cheese ball.

You will mix all your ingredients and then give the Easy Cheese Ball recipe a chance to chill in the fridge. This will make it much easier to roll into a ball. Meanwhile, slice up the rest of the chopped beef. Pull out the chilled cheese ball mixture. Wet your hands and form the cheese ball mixture into two balls. Roll each delicious cheese ball in the chopped beef. And then wrap the cheese balls in clear wrap until the party.

Cheese Balls Make the Perfect Snack Food

We typically serve our Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with No Nuts with plenty of crackers. Since everyone seems to have a favorite type of cracker, I will pick a variety of crackers to place around the cheese ball.

Display on a pretty plate or platter. Add a cheese spreader knife and you all ready for your hungry guests.

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with No Nuts

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with No Nuts

This easy cheeseball has only 5 ingredients and makes enough to please a crowd. Simple ingredients combine to make a delicious cheeseball spread! Perfect appetizer for holidays and Super Bowl parties
Prep Time2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cheeseball, no nuts
Servings: 10


  • Mixer


  • 1/2 8 oz. carton cold packed cheese spread Merkt's Sharp Cheddar works best
  • 2 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 2 oz packages smoked beef, chopped Buddig thin lunch meat works well


  • Add the cold pressed cheddar, cream cheese chopped onion, 1 package of chopped lunch meat beef, and Worcestershire sauce to mixer.
  • Mix till blended.
  • Place mixing bowl in refrigerator and allow 1-2 hours to chill.
  • Chop up the rest of the thin lunch meat beef.
  • Take cheeseball mixture out of fridge. Form into 2 balls.
  • Roll cheeseballs in the chopped beef til covered.
  • Wrap in clear wrap til ready to serve. Best made the day before!

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