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10+ Onion Recipes (where onions are the star)

Onions are usually a part of building flavor for a dish, but they don’t always shine. So, for all the onion lovers, we put together this list of Onion Recipes where onions are the star. None of them would be the same if you skipped the onions.

For more ideas of what to cook, check out all of our recipes.

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I like onions. I would add them to every meal if I could because, even though they cook down and get lost in your dish, I feel like I have a hidden vegetable in dinner. And the more veggies the better.

There are tons of ways to hide your onions in a meal. But, if you would rather let them shine, this list of Onion Recipes is for you. It’s filled with recipes where onions are a main ingredient.

Sure, you could scroll through all of our onion recipes (we have nearly 100), but that’s too overwhelming. So we kept this list to onion-heavy recipes. The amount of onions in the recipes below really vary, but they’re all recipes where, if you skip the onion, it would really be missed.

We’re including all members of the onion family in this list: white and red onions, green onions, French fried onions, etc. just to give you a variety of ideas.

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If you like adding green onions to your meals, you’ll be excited to know that they’re one of the easiest things to grow at home. Find out how in our How To Regrow Green Onions From Scraps post.

10+ Onion Recipes (where onions are the star)

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As we add more onion recipes to the blog, we’ll be sure to update this post. So be sure to save it (bookmark it, pin it, however you save posts), then come back to it next time you buy a bag of onions to see what new recipes we’ve added.

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French Onion Soup

Classic French Onion Soup is one of my favorite soups. The toasty bread, the melty cheese, and, of course, the soft onions that soak up all the beef broth just disappear in your mouth without even needing to be chewed. It’s so good.

​Yellow onions are the classic way to make this soup, but you could use white onions if that’s what you have handy too.

Looking for a new summer recipe? Check out these grilled turkey burgers with onions.

Grilled Turkey Burgers With Onions

Turkey burgers can get a little dry, but these Grilled Turkey Burgers With Onions don’t because the sliced onions on top add such great moisture to the burgers. There’s a good chance this will be the juiciest turkey burger you’ve ever had.

The patties are made using a silicone burger press, then topped with slices of yellow onion, and grilled to perfection.

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Grilled Sausage Kabobs

Onions are such a great filler on these Grilled Sausage Kabobs. Onions are more budget-friendly than meat, so adding them helps to stretch your budget.

These kabobs use red onion, which add such a pretty purple color to your kabobs. And everyone knows you eat with your eyes first. And your eyes and mouth will want to eat these, for sure.

Brussels sprouts, cooked onions, and prosciutto pieces in a blue bowl with the words "Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Onions And Prosciutto" digitally written on top.

Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Onions And Prosciutto

The caramelized onions are the star of this Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Onions And Prosciutto recipe.

The onions are cooked until they’re a beautiful golden brown. Cooked Brussels sprouts and prosciutto are added to the onion until cooked until the Brussels sprouts are brown. Make sure to get the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, to add an extra layer of flavor to this savory side dish.

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Chicken Burrito Bowl

Two medium yellow onions are cooked in the same pan as seasoned chicken to make a delicious component of this Chicken Burrito Bowl.

The onions, along with the creamed corn, add such a sweet taste to this dish, giving it a really nice balance of flavors.

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Mango Salsa

The sweetness of mango is enhanced by red onion slices in this Mango Salsa recipe.

The salsa is so easy to make in only a matter of minutes. That’s great because it means you have the rest of your time to spend on the main course.

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7 Layer Salad

This 7 Layer Salad has seven layers … and one of them is a layer of raw onions.

Growing up, having this salad at a barbecue was a family tradition. So, of course, this salad is my absolute favorite to make when we’re hosting a party. It’s easy to make the night before, right in the 6-in-1 serving dish, which leaves you the next day to work on everything else for the party.

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Vegetable Curry

This Vegetable Curry is a really hearty and easy weeknight dinner.

The onions in this really stand out against the bold flavors of carrots, diced tomatoes, and peas.

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Homemade Chunky Guacamole

Once you make this Homemade Chunky Guacamole, you’ll never go back to blended, store bought guacamole. You largely dice onion, avocado, tomato, and garlic cloves, then season and serve.

I was taught by a woman in Florida that chunky is the only way to really make guacamole, and I’ve never looked back.

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One Pan Chicken And Veggies

This One Pan Chicken And Veggies meal uses onions two ways. First, there are onion slices mixed in with green beans, then there are crispy fried onions laid on top of the entire dish.

The best part about this recipe, honestly, is that you can change up the vegetables in it. We show green beans in the post, but I’ve done it with broccoli and carrots too.

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Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Be the hero of your summer barbecues with this Grilled Shrimp Kabobs recipe.

Chicken, orange and red bell pepper, shrimp, and, of course, onion are layered on a skewer. A little olive oil is drizzled on top and then the skewers are grilled until the vegetables are roasted and the shrimp is cooked through. It’s a great combination, made even better with the sweetness from the onion.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is one of the easiest weeknight dinners. Get the recipe at

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Potatoes, onions, and carrots simmer in the slow cooker and make this great Slow Cooker Chicken Curry recipe.

The onions get soft and tender and really absorb a bunch of the curry flavor, making them stand out in this recipe.

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Bacon Tomato Jam

Bacon, tomatoes, and onions cook down to make this jam, which is a great topping for chicken.

You absolutely can’t skip the onions in this. They cut through the acidity of the tomatoes, giving you a sweet and savory jam.

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Super Spicy Weight Watchers Salsa

Boil onion along with tomatoes and jalapeño peppers to make this salsa.

​This has a really intense flavor from the jalapeño peppers, so you can skip those to make a more mild salsa. But don’t skip the onions.

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Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

A really fun summer recipe are these Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs, made with marinated chicken, zucchini, red bell pepper, pineapple, and onions layered on a skewer.

You really need the onion to balance out the rest of the kabob.

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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad has three main ingredients and one of them is a small or medium red onion. The others are broccoli and bacon.

You add those to an airtight container with a homemade dressing, then store it in the fridge overnight. The next day, you have a really flavorful side dish that your whole family will enjoy.

Which of these onion recipes do you think will be your new favorite way to prepare onions? Let us know in the comments.