Grilled Onion Bombs

Grilled Onion Bombs are a meatball style meatloaf encased in a delicious onion and wrapped up in a thick cut bacon which is grilled to smoky perfection.

Grilled Onion Bombs are a meatball style meatloaf encased in a delicious onion and wrapped up in a thick cut bacon which is grilled to smoky perfection.

Who loves grilling season?

Here in Arizona, at least at my house, grilling season is in full effect

and that means grilled onion bombs are on the menu.

We had these grilled onion bombs for dinner Sunday night actually. I love Sundays! I enjoy spending the day at home prepping for my week ahead but this Sunday…Did NOT happen that way! I spent the day in Phoenix, dress shopping, for Miss Emma’s graduation dress. You know, mother daughter bonding. HA!

Let me begin by saying that my taste and her taste in fashion differ immensely, top that off with the school’s dress code. Period. And we were basically screwed before we even walked out the door! However, off we went. Store number one was just OK, nothing that really spoke to either of our interest, but Miss Emma did find some shorts, so bonus point there. Off we went to store number two and…it was closed. Hence strike number two. Off we went to the mall I figured we would surely find something at Dillards or Macy’s, HA!

Now before I go on, I have to clarify some things. You see Miss Emma is very developed…in a womanly manner, while other girls are praying to the gods that they miraculously wake up taller and with boobs. Miss Emma is not. She is a full-blown triple D, on the thicker side, and as she says booty poppin, ba-BAM kind of girl. Literally when people find out she is 16 years old they freak out! I’m seriously considering carrying a big stick around with us to beat the older men who look at her.

Dress Shopping Can Kiss My Butt

OK – back to the dress shopping. In order to get Miss Emma a dress that would fit around her boobs we had to go to the women’s department; not the misses but the “old lady” section (apparently I am old). Now, I don’t know about y’all but I don’t know what I missed. When the dress is become so…small…so revealing…so not OK for school? I mean seriously we found dresses that were backless and dip down to the crack of her butt, that were cut to her belly button, sheer material and so on. And since when is a crop top and a tutu skirt and a nice dress?

Needless to say, we combed through the racks and racks and racks and came to a total of six dresses that she tried on. Holy crap y’all! Like I said between the low-cut cleavage bearing, the so tight I could see a pimple on your ass/underwear is not an option affect and just the overall of it not being age or school appropriate, these were not an option.

Now throw in the fact that I have to explain this to an already body-conscious 16-year-old… I was screwed! Seriously!

From here there were five more stores, many more dresses which I’ve now come to understand; it is apparently not only socially accepted but is encouraged to dress like a 2 dollar street walker… and at 16 years old. HA! Not in my house! So we gave up! Miss Emma thought I was awful and I was to the point that I decided she could wear jeans and Converse tennis shoes to walk in graduation or just stay home. We were over it.

On our way home we were driving and we stopped at a Goodwill store just to look because you never know what kind of cool kitchen gadgets y’all will find there. So, here I am digging through a huge box of utensils when Miss Emma walks up to me with a handful of dresses. Instantly a slew of curse words ran through my mind. We were both exhausted and truly I don’t think either one of us was up to this anymore today but off we went to the dressing rooms.

I Am Not Crying – You’re Crying!

Four dresses in and the tears began to show… I did good though and I don’t think she saw them. LOL!

Dress number five, she came out with a slight smile, I could tell she liked the dress but wasn’t getting her hopes up. It was a little black dress, OK so I think every girl needs a little black dress. It’s a black shelf with black lace over it. I don’t see any cut outs, no butt crack or butt cheeks, no massive boobage, it’s a little formfitting but it looks really good and appropriate…and I figure that’s a good compromise. That’s when I realize that I, too, like this dress and it still have the original tags on it – SCORE!

Now the challenge from here is that I cannot act too excited because that will make her hate it. I can’t act like it’s just OK because then it won’t be good enough. So, I simply smiled and said “what do you think?” Is that the right approach, I have no clue but it worked. The full smile spread across her face and she said she liked it.

Thank you Goodwill! You saved the day, a dress she not only likes, I have proof of it, it was only $10, hot damn! Woo-hoo! I am literally like on cloud nine, or walking out of the store and to the car! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and I see a silver lining around a cloud.  That’s when sweetly miss Emma turns and looks at me and says “now we just got to find some cute black shoes, like an ankle boot or strapped heels…or maybe some funky red heels!”

…kill me…kill me now!

Grilled Onion Bombs are a meatball style meatloaf encased in a delicious onion and wrapped up in a thick cut bacon which is grilled to smoky perfection.

Finally we made it home….Miss Emma is still happy, I am feeling good about the dress…not even talking about shoes yet but the dress is great….and I realize I need food. Today wiped me out so protein is a must and why not treat myself with one of my favorite meals? I whipped up some Grilled Onion Bombs and made the hubby cook. It was amazing.

I tend to forget how easy these are. Flavor packed, grilled goodness surely to become a family favorite! My husband requests them every year for Father’s Day so make sure you pin it and treat dad on his special day too! These are perfect for camping too! Simply pre-make them, wrap them in foil and at camp you can throw them in the campfire for a bit and ta-da! Dinner!


Grilled Onion Bombs are a meatball style meatloaf encased in a delicious onion and wrapped up in a thick cut bacon which is grilled to smoky perfection.
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Grilled Onion Bombs

A mini-meatloaf wrapped in an onion, wrapped up in bacon and cooked on the grill.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, bar-be=que, bbq, bomb, grill, onions
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 bombs
Calories 733 kcal


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ cup Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 1 tsp Mama D's All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 1 lb bacon


  1. Begin by cutting off the tops and bottoms of the yellow onions and ridding them of the tough exterior skin.
  2. Slice your onion in half and start to peel the layers of the onion apart; set the onion layers aside.
  3. In large bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, beef, pork, Bisquick™, seasoning, white onion and egg; mix well (I use my hands to thoroughly mix it all together).
  4. Take a small handful of the meatloaf mixture and form it into a meatball shape; place inside one of the onion layer pieces, then press another piece on top of the mixture, making an onion sealed meatball. Continue with the rest of your onion layers until your meatloaf mixture is gone (the number of onion bombs will depend on the size of the onions).
  5. Wrap 3 slices of bacon around each bomb; secure the bacon with toothpicks so it does not unravel while it’s cooking.
  6. Place on grill grates.
  7. Cook over a low flame turning about every 10 minutes; until cooked thoroughly (internal temp reaches 165°F).

Recipe Notes

If you are going camping Wrap bombs in a foil packet (I use heavy duty aluminum foil and wrap at least 2 times). Place the bombs in your campfire coals for 20-30 minutes, flip over and cook for another 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Onion Bombs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 733 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 179mg60%
Sodium 916mg40%
Potassium 808mg23%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 184IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 1500 calorie diet.

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