Grilling Recipe – These Onion Bombs are the Bomb!!

Yummy Grilling Recipe – Onion Bombs!

I love a good grilling recipe. Actually, I like the taste cause my husband is head honcho of the barbecue grill. I couldn’t even tell you how to turn that blasted thing on! So, I get the job of preparing the food for him to grill, then of course EATING the food! 😉 This onion bombs grilling recipe is adapted from Eating in Neverland. Actually, I found the recipe floating around on Facebook. Then I did some searching and quickly found where it originated from.

Grilling Recipe Onion Bombs

I thought they looked so good so we couldn’t wait to make them. Dale called when he got off work this evening to see if I needed anything from town and I said “YES! A bag of onions!!”. He knew instantly what my Friday night plans were. 😉

Now…to this seriously easy peasy grilling recipe, which tastes divine! There’s so much going on in these little’s! You can really customize the beef/turkey/pork to your liking. I changed up the original recipe a little bit. It’s basically like meatloaf wrapped in onions. Below is the recipe but further down is a printable version for your convenience (aren’t I sweet?!).

grilling recipe onion bombs

Cut a fairly decent sized onion in half. You want to cut from top to bottom right down the middle, not sideways. Then take each layer from each one and pair them together making sure to match each side with it’s mate. Be careful when pulling the layers apart because they can tear easily.

Note: This recipe served about 3 people. Just double the whole recipe if you’re serving more.

Add 1 lb. of ground beef, turkey or pork to a mixing bowl. You can even combine a little beef with pork if you’d like. We just used all ground beef. To the meat, add the following:

  • 1/2 clove of garlic finely chopped (or use minced garlic, about a teaspoon)
  • 3/4 cup of Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 slice of bread torn into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheese (any kind of cheese you like)
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese
  • optional – meatloaf seasoning packet or any extra spices or herbs that you like

Mix all of this up with your hands as you would with meatloaf. You want about the same texture as you would with meatloaf as well. If it seems too dry, add a bit more ketchup or a splash of milk. If it feels too wet, add a little more crushed crackers.

Now it’s time to assemble your onion bombs. Start with the largest pair of onion halves. Make a large meatball and place it in one side of the onion half and place the other onion half over the top. Basically squishing the meatball between the 2 onion halves. Continue to fill the rest of the onion halves up with the meat mixture.

Wrap each onion bomb in aluminum foil. You want to have enough room so that you can leave a little twist at the top so you can easily pick them up off the grill because they’re hot! Now it’s time to grill them. Slap these babies on the grill and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Flip them over on their opposite side and cook an additional 8-10 minutes. NOTE: Grilling times will vary based on how high you have your grill set. You could bake them in the oven if you don’t have a grill…that’s just an idea.

grilling recipe onion bombs

Keep a fork handy and check the biggest onion bomb occasionally so you don’t burn them. Once the meat is cooked through, take off the grill and serve!! The meat was super juicy and the onions were crazy sweet and cooked to perfection. These would be fun to serve at your next cookout or barbecue with friends…I’m sure they’ll love them! Leave us a comment and let us know what you think when you give them a try! We’d love to hear your thoughts.





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  1. says

    I’ve never seen this recipe. I’ve been looking for more ideas for ground meat and this looks like it’ll work well. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with Creative Style!

    • Jenni says

      This comment made me smile! Love that your kiddo declared it as delicious! I’ve not seen many kids eat them like an apple though. I love onions, but even I couldn’t do that! haha! I did however, used to eat turnips like that when I was little!

      • Kelli says

        Ironically, I’m known for eating onions like apples! I love them. The very heat they possess is absolutely delicious!!! I typically, do not like COOKED onions; only raw. However, I’m so down with trying these. Thanks for showing such a fantastic recipe!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness! This recipe sounds fantastic!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    • Jenni says

      We’ve never made them in the oven – but I’d guess and say maybe 350 degrees and cook about 30 minutes, give or take. I’m thinking along the lines of when baking a meatloaf. They may not need to cook as long. I’d cover with foil just so the onions don’t burn. If you try it, let us know how it goes and what time/temp you ended up using.

  3. Melissa says

    Thanks for the great idea! My husband and I have been trying low carb and paleo foods. Overall, low carb is not bad! You just have to be creative.

    To cook them, I loaded the onions and wrapped in foil like the recipe says. I put them on a baking pan and I cooked at 400 degrees for one hour. You could probably use a higher temp to cook them faster, but they turned out ok (I had more time to kill, so I cooked them slower). I was worried that I would either burn them, dry them out or they’d still be raw in the middle. They turned out great!
    I’m not a big fan of meatloaf, so I used sloppy joe meat instead, which worked very well with the onions. When they were done, I served with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top. It melted well because they were still steamy from the oven. And we love cheese in our house. And don’t lecture me on paleo rules- I know the rules and choose to disobey :)

    Thanks for the wonderful suggestion! Definitely keeping this recipe.

  4. Cari says

    Tried this last week and it was a HUGE hit!!! I’ll definitely be making this again. The meat was so flavorful and juicy! Awesome recipe!!

  5. MamaBear says

    Interesting take on Sogan Dolma (that’s what’s it’s called in my neck of woods ) We usualy boil the whole onion until semi soft. Cut off top and bottom and carefully start pulling out layers that resemble little cups, stuff them with ground beef/rice mix and simmer in a bit of water until meat is cooked. It is served with some garlicky sour cream on top of it. My absolute fave.

  6. Kate says

    I tried to make these and had a big mess. The onions tore into tiny pieces. Not sure why. Is there a type of onion that works better?

    • Jenni says

      Kate, did they tear apart on you before or after cooking them? I honestly have no idea why they’d tear into tiny pieces. Sometimes, like in the photos in the post – the onion layer will split a little. We didn’t use any certain type of onion. We normally only buy the white or yellow onions and we’ve used both for this recipe.

  7. Kelly says

    Do you cook them all the same amount of time, or do I need to check the smaller ones sooner? I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for posting!

    • Jenni says

      Hi Kelly! We usually just cook them all about the same time, but honestly….you can take the smaller ones off a little sooner. I’d say just a couple of minutes longer for the bigger ones. So yummy!!! Now I’m wanting to make some. Maybe in the oven this time around since it’s so cold to grill. Brrrr.

  8. Linda says

    Made these yesterday on the grill… my husband and I loved them… they are so incredibly easy and a fun way to make individual servings of meat loaf. I will double (or triple) the recipe next time! highly recommended!!!

    • Jenni says

      Yay, so glad you loved them Linda! We still make them all the time. Probably one of my favorite “easy” meals. Reminds me, I need to grab a bag of onions at the grocery store this week. 😉


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