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Prep Time:
10 Minutes
Grill time:
20 Minutes

BBQ Bloomin’ Onions

A Healthier Alternative

Posted on by Andrea Alden
BBQ Bloomin’ Onions
Serves 2
Prep Time:
Grill time: 20 Minutes

One of the most loved appetizers of all time is the deep fried Blooming Onion. Only thing is that there are a couple problems inherent in making them. They’re deep fried, so there are all of the calories, and they’re breaded, so some people will end up missing out on the deliciousness. Not so with these BBQ Bloomin’ Onions! Gluten-Free, and not deep fried, but barbecue baked to beautiful deliciousness, these BBQ Bloomin’ Onions are gloriously caramelized on the grill. If done correctly, the onion flavor deepens and becomes sweet. Serve with a delicious steak, or as an appetizer.

Assemble your ingredients
Assemble your ingredients
Drizzle with butter mixture
Drizzle with butter mixture
Grill at 375°F
Grill at 375°F

BBQ Bloomin’ Onions

Serves: 2       Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • 1 large red onion 
  •  2 tbsp. butter, melted 
  •  2 tsp. garlic purée, approx. 2 cloves 
  •  1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 
  •  salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 
  • bbq sauce or Sriracha mayo for dipping (optional)


Step 1
Preheat the grill to 375°F, preparing to use indirect heat.
Step 2
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic purée and balsamic vinegar.
Step 3
Cut the top off your onion, then, if necessary, cut a little off the root end of the onion so that it will sit flat. Carefully remove the skin.
Step 4
Use chopsticks to prevent you from cutting all the way through the onion and cut it into 8ths.
Step 5
Gently spread the onion sections apart so that the butter can penetrate each petal, but don’t try to make the onion bloom, it will do that on its own when you put it on the grill. Spoon the butter mixture over the top of the onion.
Step 6
Gently place the Bloomin’ Onion on the grill and BBQ for about 20 minutes using indirect heat.
Step 7
Once the onion is cooked and soft, use a large spatula to gently move the Bloomin’ Onion to a serving plate. Serve with a delicious steak or with delicious dips as an appetizer.
It will start to bloom
It will start to bloom
Serve as an appetizer
Serve as an appetizer
or a side for steak
or a side for steak

These BBQ Bloomin’ Onions make the perfect appetizer, but you can also use several smaller onions to make this recipe, placing them on your guests’ plates as edible decoration – much more delicious than parsley for sure! What is your favorite naughty treat, and have you found a way to healthy it up so you can eat it regularly?

Happy Grilling!

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