Dill Pickle Bacon Cheese Ball is such a fun and easy cheese ball recipe made with cream cheese, cheddar, pickles, and bacon! The perfect appetizer for any party!
I love creating new and fun dip recipes and this one is no exception! This recipe is a football and holiday party staple, just like my Buffalo Chicken Dip. It has become a favorite, and tends to disappear super fast because nobody can stay out of it! If you're a major pickle lover like we are, be sure to try these Dill Pickle Dip Pinwheels, they're amazing!
Dill Pickle Bacon Cheese Ball:
The ingredient list for this cheese ball is short and sweet! You will need 12 ounces of cream cheese (one and one-half bricks), plus chopped dill pickles, cooked and crumbled bacon, cheddar, some of the dill pickle juice, green onions and a bit of garlic powder.
How Do You Make An Easy Cheese Ball?
- You will start by softening your cream cheese to room temperature. To do this, you can allow it to sit in its package on the counter for about an hour. If you are short on time, you can place the cream cheese in a bowl and microwave for 5-second intervals until soft.
- Cook one pound of bacon, then crumble and separate it in half. You will add half to the cheese ball, then use the other half for rolling the cheese ball in.
- Dice up some green onions, and spread them out on a plate along with half of the crumbled bacon.
- In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese with the pickle juice and garlic powder. until smooth.
- Next, stir in the chopped pickles, cheddar, and remaining half of the crumbled bacon.
- Use your hands to shape the cheese mixture into a ball. Then, roll it around in the bacon and green onion mixture until coated on all sides.
- At this point, you can serve your cheese ball right away, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
What To Serve With Cheese Ball?
We always serve this cheese ball with buttery crackers like Ritz, or Town House. I also love it with potato chips, diced veggies like celery or carrots. Serve some extra sliced pickles on the side too for anyone that wants extra!
Dill Pickle Bacon Cheese Ball
- 1 Pound Bacon, Cooked and Crumbled
- 5 Green Onions, Diced
- 12 Ounces Cream Cheese Softened
- 2 Tablespoons Dill Pickle Juice
- 1 Cup Chopped Dill Pickles
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Place the softened cream cheese in a large bowl and stir in the pickle juice and garlic powder until smooth.
- Stir in the chopped pickles, cheddar, and half of the crumbled bacon until well combined.
- Use your hands to shape the mixture into a ball.
- Pour the remaining crumbled bacon and the diced onion in a single layer on a large plate.
- Roll the cheese ball into the bacon and onion mixture until coated on all sides.
- Serve immediately or cover in an airtight container for up to 2 days before serving.
- Serve this with your favorite chips, crackers, and veggies.
Have made this several times now and everyone loves it.
Best Cheese Ball ever! Best if made the day before, also awesome the same day! Everywhere I take it - it is always gone and I am asked for the recipe. You can’t go wrong with this cheese ball!
Can I use real bacon bits that come in a bag?
Would this be okay rolled in bacon and slivered almonds instead of green onions?
I added a bit of ground chipotle chili pepper and a little smoked paprika to give it just a little kick!
DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD WITH SOME RANCH SEASONING IN IT?
Yes, I think it would, but I love ranch! I'd start out with a small amount so that it doesn't end up too salty 🙂
Val S says
Can this be frozen? I’ve made several to give away they’re so good and easy to make.
Nancy Ferguson says
Do you use mild are sharp cheddar?
Either one is fine 🙂
GOING TO TRY THIS WEEKEND!!!
Mary Duncan says
To save time, I used a 10 ounce jar of dill pickle relish, slightly drained & that worked out perfect.
Deanna Scroggie says
There is DILL pickle relish? How did I not know this. I'm a huge pickle lover and like all recipes with dill pickles in it. What a time saver. I must go find this new treasure.
Lizzie Lou says
years ago I moved from New York to St Louis MO. They never heard of dill pickle relish either. I used to bring it back every time I went back to New York for a visit. Now everyone loves it.
Tina Bennett says
Making for New Year's Eve. Sampled while making & it was tasty!!!!
Made this today, saw on facebook. I prepared it for Christmas afternoon snacks. Had to taste before letting anyone else indulge. Loved the taste tried it with a rice cracker as my dad is limited on salt intake.
Thanks for letting me know you liked it, Sherri! 🙂
How long can you keep I. The fridge or does it have to berate. Right away
You can store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days
We are going to make it with capers instead of dill pickles for Christmas Day grazing and spread it in celery sticks. It's gonna' be awesome! And Keto friendly!
Teresa Little says
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Yummy ! Deffiently going to make this one .....❤️❤️ Thank You ! For sharing !
Lindsay Cotter says
Looks like a winning holiday appetizer!
This will be a sure hit at parties!
Alyssa Brantley says
This is sure to be a party hit! Great flavors going on!
Jersey Girl Cooks says
I love everything about this! Great appetizer!
Connie Sansom says
This was a big hit this year Christmas Eve. So much so I'm making again New Year's Eve. So yummy exclamation
allye parks says
I love how easy it is to get your recipes. Thank you for that.
Thanks, I'm glad you think so! We always strive to make it easy for readers to find us! 🙂
Jacque Hastert says
This is perfect for anyone who loves pickles and bacon! Salty and sour has become a favorite flavor of mine. Making this for Thursday night football.