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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatball Onion Bombs | The Best Camping Food Ever

Last Updated: September 11, 2022

Camping is a chance to practice your meal preparation skills with scrumptious food. The BBQ bacon-wrapped onion meatball embodies one of the greatest foods to have and bite into when camping.

Accompanied by the smoky flavors from the campfire, this is bacon-wrapped goodness you want to have on every camping trip.

I make these the night before leaving for our camping destination. Next, I wrap them individually in foil and set them inside an airtight plastic container. Then, under the stars with the dying embers of an evening fire, I just pop them onto the embers on another layer of foil. Let them sizzle and pop for about 10 minutes or so, and then take them out with tongs. Finally, I serve them to my family on our camping plates with a baked potato.

Camping recipes are meant to be portable and easy to cook. With minimal steps in prepped food, travel to and from your campsite is quick, simple, and efficient.

When in doubt simply wrap it in bacon!

The quick and easy recipe for BBQ Bacon Onion Wrapped Meatball Bombs is below, along with two other great ways to use bacon for camping food.

Cheap, quick, and easy to cook, these bacon-wrapped recipes can be saved, adapted, and changed to suit whatever you and your family like eating.

BBQ Bacon Onion Wrapped Meatball Bombs

This really is one of those recipes that make camping and meal prep so enjoyable. It’s a recipe people try and it becomes a dish your family makes and enjoys time and time again.

However, this recipe truly shines with the smokey flavors that come from a campfire. The preparation and cooking are quick and easy in under an hour.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Meatballs with a Campfire

This recipe can be adapted to processes involving an oven, deep-frying, a frying pan, a skillet, a wok, or even a lukewarm meatball from a microwave.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Meatball
Cuisine American
Servings 10 meatballs


  • 1 campfire
  • 1 roll of aluminum foil
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 plastic container
  • 1 pair of tongs
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 chef or camp knife


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 pack sliced bacon
  • 3 onions, fresh, large
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 dashes cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp mixed herbs, italian oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, majoram,
  • 1 egg, large


  • Peel your onions and slice them in half. The number of onion halves large enough to "house" your future meatball is the number of your meatballs. Set these halves aside on your cutting board.
  • Whatever smaller onion halves you have left, dice. Put two handfuls into your mixing bowl.
  • Crack your egg and add it to the mixing bowl. This will help your meatballs with in shaping.
  • Add your uncooked ground beef to the mixing bowl.
  • Dice your stick of celery and add dice celery to the mixing bowl.
  • Add all spices to the mixing bowl evenly and while mixing everything with your hand or fork.
  • Mix thoroughly until a claylike consistency is achieved. Once you're satisfied everything is mixed evenly, start shaping your meatballs into balls that would fit into your onion halves.
  • Prepare yor bacon for wrapping. — remove your bacon from its packaging and separate each slice. Stretch out each slice over the meatball without tearing the bacon. Depending on the size of the bacon slices, 2-3 slices should cover the entire meatball. Repeat wrapping with all of your meatballs.
  • Once your meatballs are bacon-wrapped, firmly press in each side of your onion halves to each meatball.
  • Wrap each meatball individually in foil, and then place them inside of your plastic container. You're now ready for transit and preparation is complete.
  • Once you've set up a campfire, you can choose to cook your meatballs-in-foil around the fire or directly on the dying embers of the fire. Note that in the first option, you can begin cooking right away, and in the second, cooking would take place after the fire has died down a few hours.
  • If you want to cook the meatballs right away, then make sure there is a ring of stones around your campfire or a clear edge where the hottest flames cannot reach. Otherwise, you risk burning your recipe.
    As nearest to the edge of ash you can get to, place your meatballs-in-foil with your tongs. Cooking should take between 10-30 minutes depending on how strong your fire is, and where you have placed your meatballs.
    To check your meatball, decide wisely, for opening one too early may result in a less tasty meatball. Open the foil, slice into the center of the meatball and check that there is little to no pink coloring (or you can use a meat thermometer ~160° F).
  • If you want to cook on the dying embers of your fire, this is one of the best recommended ways to get the best flavoring through your campfire. If you're chosen wood that's aromatic (smells good), it'll enchance your meatball significantly.
    Place one layer of aluminum foil directly on the embers of your fire (you can forego this step if you're confident no juices will leak from your original foil wrapping).
    Place your bacon-wrapped onion meatballs-in-foil on the foil to cook in the campfire.
    Cook for 10-20 minutes depending on the level of intensity of your fire. On checking your meatball, see the step above.
Keyword bacon, meatball, wrapped

Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob

One of the easiest ways to salt and “butter” your corn on the cob, this recipe is simply taking your corn on the cob and wrapping it with a few bacon strips.

With such a quick and easy recipe, feel free to shred some cheddar on top when they are finished.

Crunchy, sweet, and cheesy.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Cheddar Poppers

When you bite into a crispy layer of bacon, into the soft jalapeno, and then into the cream cheese, you’ll know you made the right decision with this recipe.

Slice jalapenos, stuff them with cream cheese, and wrap ’em in bacon. Done.

It’s Better Wrapped in Bacon

Bacon. That smell of it cooking is unmistakable. Whatever sweet or savory camping food you like to grill over the fire, wrap it in bacon, it’s betta’.

“Always Be Ready” Max

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