Grilling Recipe – These Onion Bombs are the Bomb!!

by Jenni on June 29, 2013

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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.

Grilled Onion Bombs


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef, turkey, or pork
  • 1/2 clove of garlic finely chopped (or tsp of minced garlic)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 slice of bread torn into small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese (any kind you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • *optional - meatloaf seasoning or other spices and herbs you like


  1. Cut Onion in half
  2. Mix Meat and all the other ingredients together until well combined
  3. Fill each matched onion halves with the meat mixture
  4. Wrap each onion bomb individually in aluminum foil
  5. Grill 8-10 minutes, flip and grill another 8-10 minutes.
  6. *Keep a close eye on them to make sure they're not overcooking. Once meat is cooked through, they're ready to serve.




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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn Park July 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

I need to make this. Like…yesterday!! What a great idea!! Glad I came across this.


amber whitehead July 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

these look like my kind of food fixing to pin to my grill board Yum!


Addi July 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm

These look great! I would have NEVER thought to make something like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe


Leslee Haralson July 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Those look awesome! I can hardly wait to try them!


Chelsea July 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

My hubby will love you for this recipe! Will try this soon for sure!


Echo June 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I bet my husband and father in law would love these! I may even beer batter and fry some!


April June 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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!


Beth @WiccanMakeSomeToo June 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

Oh my! These gems are calling to me. Love this & will be making these very,very soon!


Crystal Duncan (@FindingCrystal) June 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

My hubby and I LOVE grilled onions- grilled anything actually but especially onions. I’m always looking for stuff that he will like (he’s a little picky) and this is perfect!


Melinda @Home.Made.Interest June 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Stopping by from Strut Your Stuff link party. These do look BOMB! Must make these for my husband tomorrow for Father’s Day :) Thanks for sharing


April @ The Steadfast Reader June 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

What a fabulous idea! It looks like a unique take on something like stuffed peppers. Unrelated, my three year old bit into an onion like an apple yesterday and declared it ‘delicious’… :)


Jenni Jenni June 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

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!


Jill June 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Oh my goodness! This recipe sounds fantastic!

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Michele June 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

What time and temp if I do these in the oven?


Jenni Jenni June 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

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.


Melissa July 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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.


Cari August 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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!!


Jenni Jenni August 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Yay Cari! Thank you for stopping by to let us know! We LOVE these things and make them pretty often!


MamaBear October 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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.


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