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BBQ Meatball Onion Bombs

BBQ Meatball Onion Bombs

By Traeger Kitchen

These BBQ Meatball Onion Bombs taste ridiculously good - no wonder it's one of our most downloaded recipes. Make these bad boys for your next get together, pair with your favorite beer, and watch them get devoured.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours
30 Minutes




Number of people serving


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Units of measurement:
2 Whole yellow onion
1 Pound ground beef
1/4 Cup onion, diced
1/4 Cup parsley, chopped
1/4 Cup Mushrooms, chopped
1 Tablespoon spicy ketchup
1 Teaspoon soy sauce
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Traeger Prime Rib Rub
1/4 Cup panko breadcrumbs
1 Whole Bacon, package
1 As Needed Traeger BBQ Sauce


  • 1

    When ready to cook set grill temperature to 225F and pre-heat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).

  • 2

    Begin by cutting off the tops and bottoms of the onions and ridding them of the tough exterior skin. Slice your onion in half and start to peel the layers of the onion apart; set the onion shells aside.

  • 3

    In a large bowl add ground beef, diced onion, parsley, mushroom, diced onion, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, brown sugar, Traeger Prime Rib rub, and bread crumbs. Mix by hand.

  • 4

    Take a small handful of the meatloaf mixture and 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 approximately 3 slices of bacon around each bomb. Secure the bacon with toothpicks so it does not unravel while it's cooking. Place on grill grates.

  • 6

    Smoke for 1 hour on the Traeger.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Increase the temperature 350F and cook for another 20-30 minutes until your internal temperature is around 160-165F. About 10 minutes before the bombs are ready, brush with your favorite Traeger BBQ sauce and allow it to caramelize. Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C


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