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Meatloaf Stuffed Onions

Baked Or Over The Campfire Coals!

Meatloaf Stuffed onions are great baked in the oven or grilled over coals!

Meatloaf Stuffed onions are great baked in the oven or grilled over coals!

Meatloaf Stuffed Onions Recipe

An Unusual Family Treat

More often we are inclined to stuff onions into our meatloaf mix, rather than stuffing a meatloaf into our onions. But, this is exactly what we are going to do in this easy oven or campfire baked recipe! A simple group of ingredients include, a pound of hamburger, an egg, precooked rice, seasonings, and a few onions, and really not much more than that. At home or out on the camping trail, this budget friendly recipe is flavorful, filling, and a real kick to make and eat!

Meatloaf Stuffed Onion

Stuffed Onion Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

Serves 4 to 6 people (depending on appetite size)

Onion and hamburger make for some pretty great meals!

Onion and hamburger make for some pretty great meals!

Mix meat and seasoning ingredients together.

Mix meat and seasoning ingredients together.

Cut onions in half horizontally.

Cut onions in half horizontally.

Trim ends flat. Remove center leaves, so that 1/2" of outer edge for support remains.

Trim ends flat. Remove center leaves, so that 1/2" of outer edge for support remains.

Add diced onions and blend mixture. Be careful NOT to overwork the meat or it can get tough and dry.

Add diced onions and blend mixture. Be careful NOT to overwork the meat or it can get tough and dry.

Stuff bottom half of onions with meat mixture, mounding it up to a rounded top. Cap stuffing with matching onion's top.

Stuff bottom half of onions with meat mixture, mounding it up to a rounded top. Cap stuffing with matching onion's top.

Tightly roll stuffed onions in foil and bake in a 425°F oven for 35 minutes (or place in coals and bake 15 minutes on each side).

Tightly roll stuffed onions in foil and bake in a 425°F oven for 35 minutes (or place in coals and bake 15 minutes on each side).

Stuffed Onion Ingredients

  • 1 pound hamburger or vegetarian ground meat substitute, (80/20% ground beef will stay juicy -- add 2 tablespoons olive oil if using vegetarian ingredients)
  • 4 large onions
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup precokked rice -or- breadcrumbs, (white, brown, or basmati rice tastes best)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce, (reduced sodium)


  1. Cut and set aside four large squares of heavy duty aluminum foil (large enough to completely wrap stuffed onions in later)
  2. In a medium bowl mix together, hamburger, egg, rice (or breadcrumbs), soy, and seasonings.
  3. Cut four large onions in half horizontally (NOT from end to end where the roots and tops grow). Then, cut both ends off the onions so they sit flat. Remove all but 1/2" of the onion centers. You want enough outer onion shell to remain so when stuffed they still remain as a sturdy vessel.
  4. Dice the onion centers you just removed so you have about three tablespoons of finely diced onion. Store (in refrigerator) the remaining onion leafs in a zip lock bag filled with enough cool water to cover them, and use within the next 24-hours.
  5. Add the fine diced onion to the meat mix and blend together. Avoid over-working the meat mix or it can get tough and dry.
  6. Divide the meatloaf mix evenly between four of the onions halves, making sure to shape the meat so it is round at the top. Cap each stuffed onion half with the remaining onion halves.
  7. Place one filled and capped onion on each of the four sheets of foil. Bring the foil up and over the onion. Fold the foil down in small folds. Press the sides of the foil close to the onion. Flatten the ends and roll towards onion until it butts snugly to the onion.
  8. Cook in a preheated 425°F oven for 35 minutes -or- cook on the coals of a camp fire or grill for 15 minutes on each side.
  9. One will fill an adult size appetite -or- cut one cooked stuffed onion in-half to fill two child size appetites. Serve with green vegetables and chilled fresh diced tomatoes.

The Leftover Onion Myth

Are Leftover Onions Poisonous?

Once an onion is cut, it is said that it can become a food safety risk and even poisonous in no time at all. After doing some research, I have found no real truth to this "deadly onion myth". However, how you handle onions can contaminate them, cooked or raw. Joe Schwarcz, who is a reputable science writer says, "Onions are no more an intrinsic bacterial magnet than any other vegetable". In fact, he makes it clear that cut onions have enzymes that produce sulfuric acid, which actually slows the growth of bacteria. Even so, I make sure to handle and store sliced onions as safely as possible. This is what I do to keep leftover onions safe for use for a couple of days—which also keeps that potent onion smell to an absolute minimum in your fridge.

Leftover Onion Storage

How to safely store leftover onions

How to safely store leftover onions

How To Store Leftover Onions:

Keeps Them Crisp And Won't Stink Up Your Fridge!

  • Fill a zip lock baggie full of cool fresh water.
  • Place already cut, or leftover onions in the water.
  • Zip the bag shut, making sure the onions are completely covered by the water; this is very important.
  • Store in the refrigerator in the vegetable crisper or on a low shelf in the refrigerator—set bag inside a bowl in case of leaks—and use within a couple of days.

Safety Tips When Making This Recipe Ahead Of Time

You can make the stuffed onions up to 24-hours ahead of time, storing the raw stuffed product in the refrigerator (or ice-chest when camping). Just make sure they are wrapped in the foil and then stored in a sealed container and kept very, very cool the entire time the product is raw. When you are ready to prepare the dish, make certain to cook the meat stuffing completely-through at the campsite or at home.

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What You Think Really Does Matter

An Unusual Meatloaf Recipe

My family has been making this fun and very tasty hamburger and onion recipe for more than 20 years. It is very popular when the family heads out to camp and fish. When prepped ahead of time and properly stored, this is the perfect "first night of camping" meal. Toss the foil wrapped onion meatloaf into the coals and just relax fireside. Even at home when the schedules get out of hand, having these handy foil wrapped packages waiting in the refrigerator as we stagger in at different times, makes getting everyone fed a very simple task. I hope you enjoy the recipe and give it try whether at home or on the camping trail, or even on the backyard BBQ! Be sure to have a napkin ready, they come out pretty darn juicy!

Serve your Meatloaf Stuffed Onions with chilled fresh diced tomatoes and a green vegetable, or right out of the foil bag fireside!

Serve your Meatloaf Stuffed Onions with chilled fresh diced tomatoes and a green vegetable, or right out of the foil bag fireside!

Comments for "Meatloaf Stuffed Onion Recipe"

Amber Harding from London on July 07, 2015:

Looks quite delicious!

Ashley on June 20, 2015:

We had these at summer camp, they were delicious. glad i found a recipie.

Jelena from Florida on June 12, 2015:

Just wow it amazes me what people can do with food. Some don't think cooking is art but it truly is. This recipe is so inventive that it blows my mind. I will most defiantly be trying this out soon.

poetryman6969 on March 23, 2015:

Definitely want to try this. Vote up for sheer uniqueness.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on August 02, 2014:

This is the first time I have heard of meatloaf stuffed onions, but they sound good. I'll have to pass the recipe along to house chef Hubby. Thanks for sharing!

Daddy Paul from Michigan on October 03, 2013:

This looks goo.

Debby Pobst from Mountain Home, ID on June 14, 2013:

Yes I definitely have to try this, I am only cooking for me and could make up and freeze a couple of these! Great article love the pictures!

Keely Deuschle from Florida on June 08, 2013:

What a great idea! It sounds absolutely delicious! We will definitely have to try this on our next camping trip. Voted up, shared, and pinned!

Anita Coleman from virginia beach on May 21, 2013:

Looks wonderful. I will have to give this a try, Thanks.

idigwebsites from United States on May 10, 2013:

I haven't tried that recipe before... I could imagine how delicious this recipe is. I love onions, I love big big onions in particular. Thanks for posting! :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 25, 2012:

@Gordon Hamilton~ So nice to find you in the comments here (my secret HubPages crush)! I'll bet your brother grows some amazing onions. Glad this recipe idea may give him another idea to try. I am a little jealous that you have access to such abundant fresh onions! They are so darn good for us. Thank you so much for stopping by, I am overjoyed that you did.

Big HubHugs~

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on September 24, 2012:

Hello, K9! Hope you are well.

I always love your Hubs and this one is especially relevant to me. My brother had a bumper crop of onions this year in his garden and he is struggling to give them all away. I am using as many as he thinks I can but was running out of original ideas. I'm definitely going to call him tomorrow re this one! (He doesn't do computers - so no option that way! :) )

Thanks for the latest inspiration!


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 30, 2012:

Whalefeather2~ Cool user name! Thanks for commenting.


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 30, 2012:

iguidenetwork~ I am a big onion fan as well! This stuffed onion is one of my all-time favorite family treasures. It reminds me of younger days when my mom would make them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!


iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 30, 2012:

I love onions, either the sweet white or the pungent red. Thanks for the great hub, I've finally found another idea on how to jazz up my onions. :D

whalefeather2 on August 30, 2012:

Looks and sounds really great!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 29, 2012:

This is a neat recipe. I like the way you created unique photos too. Well put together hub. I vote up and useful too.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 29, 2012:

@TToombs08~ We make these yummy stuffed onions regularly, and primarily when our schedules conflict. They are easy to make ahead of time, and they store well in the fridge until we each come scrambling in at different hours with a big appetite! Pop one in the oven and in about half of an hour you have a nice dinner! Thank you for your comments!


@ChitrangadaSharan~ So glad this is a new recipe for you! It is Really easy, and even better, really tasty! Thanks for commenting!


@thelyricwriter~ Thanks so much! I love having this onion and beef dish in my kitchen arsenal! I appreciate your remarks and votes!


@Victoria Lynn~ Grateful for your support and that you enjoyed the hub! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


@Sally's Trove~ I am with you! No pans, easy to cook meal, and you get to throw away the plate! Perfection! I like that you call them a"personal meatloaf" it is so appropriate! Thank you for finding time to stop by and comment.


@Sunshine625~ HA! I love it! No camping unless it's 4 stars, I totally get what you're saying. I felt the same until about 4 years ago when I had no option but to stay in my cousin's tent during a family camping trip. Nothing was around for miles...literally. To this day, I would choose that hotel room over the tent every time...but, don't tell the family! ;) Thanks for making it by for a read, I am honored that you did.


@mary615~ Doesn't it just look cute!? I am so glad you approve pf the recipe, Mary. I am also thankful for your votes. I hope you and my favorite online Schnauzer--Baby-- are doing magnificent! (and avoiding those deadly frogs!) Thank you for the shout out about the photos, I ready do enjoy creating them!

Big K9 HubHugs~

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 29, 2012:

Whoever would have thought of stuffing an onion with meatloaf?? Good idea. I'll try it. Your photos are outstanding, by the way.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 29, 2012:

I don't camp unless it's in a 4 star hotel, but I like this idea of Stuffed Onions! I'm on it! Thanks India!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 29, 2012:

What a fascinating dish! I love the idea of making and cooking those foil-wrapped balls. No pan to wash, no loaf to crumble when it's cut, just a personal meatloaf. 5 stars and up and all that jazz. And shared.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 28, 2012:

This looks amazing! I love meatloaf AND onions. What a great way to make onions. Maybe I'll try it on the grill! Yum!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 21, 2012:

Up, useful, and awesome. This would be an awesome meal K9. Great idea and great on every aspect of this article. ALso voted 5 stars, very well done my friend.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 15, 2012:

OMG, this looks SOOOO good! I am going to HAVE to make this and not just for camping! Love it and pinned it. Numers numers!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 15, 2012:

Something I have not tried or seen before. Sounds delicious. Great hub, thanks for sharing.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 14, 2012:

@dinkan53~ I am so glad you like the recipe photos, it sounds like they have done their job! I hope you enjoy the ease and great flavor of this recipe should you decide to give it a go. I appreciate that you shared your thoughts here! Thank you for stopping by today.


@sen.sush23~ You make a really great point, the onion does kind of steam the meatloaf inside so it comes out very silky and moist. The flavor and texture of this meatloaf is better than any I have tried. I hope you get a chance to make this recipe and enjoy the luscious outcome as much as we do! Thank you for your kind remarks, they are appreciated.


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 14, 2012:

Minnetonka Twin~ You are right, cooking the meatloaf inside the onion REALLY gives the meat a fantastic flavor, and an almost silky texture. Yes! You can use ground-turkey in the recipe, just add a tablespoon of yogurt to the meat mix for moisture. I have also used a combination of 1/2 beef and 1/2 turkey meat with very good results. Also, if using turkey, I would add some sage or poultry seasoning to help bring out the complimentary flavors of the fowl.

The already cooked stuffed onions make supper good lunches for heating up in the microwave (just remove the foil first! ;) I am so glad you really like this meatloaf recipe.

Overjoyed to find you in the comments! You have made my day!

Super big HubHugs, my friend~

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on August 14, 2012:

K9-my mouth is seriously watering right now. This is the coolest idea for a meatloaf recipe. I just made meatloaf last night, so I'll try this in a couple weeks. What a great family recipe-I just love that idea of the burger cooking inside the onion, which I would think greatly enhances the flavor. You can use ground turkey, can't you? I sometime use turkey instead for a change. Great recipe my friend. I hit all buttons but funny because there is nothing funny about a great recipe. LOL

dinkan53 from India on August 13, 2012:

Sounds and looks great, never had this before. Would love to try. The pictures are really awesome, which made my mouth watery. Thanks for providing this recipe to us. Up and awesome.

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on August 13, 2012:

Oh my! I can't imagine just how luscious and tasty this will be! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Even the thought of it makes me want to go off camping and bonfire and then this feast. Voted up awesome and sharing.

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