Outback Steakhouse Adds Bloomin' Onion-Inspired Items To The Menu

The cult-favorite Bloomin' Onion has been an Outback Steakhouse staple since the restaurant first opened in 1988. At 1,950 calories a pop, the massive, fried appetizer is an absolute gut bomb — and reader, people love it. Last time this bad boy got a makeover it was piled sky-high with cheese fries and ribs. Now, the Australian-themed chain is relaunching a loaded version of the original and a few other items inspired it.

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In 2016, Outback first launched the Loaded Bloomin' Onion topped with fries, melted cheese, chopped bacon, spicy bloom sauce and spicy ranch dressing. It costs $12.99, though prices may vary by market. The Loaded Bloomin' Onion has 2,960 calories — but who dines out to eat healthy? Can't relate.

In good, gluttonous fashion, Outback has also introduced four new "bloom-ified" dishes including a Bloom-Crusted Center-Cut Sirloin and Bloom-Crusted Fillet. Both are topped with a crust made from horseradish, butter, sweet onion, Bloomin' Onion seasoning and a drizzle of spicy bloom sauce. Prices vary by cut and weight. If you don't want a sirloin or fillet, you can add the topping to any steak on the menu like rib-eye, strip, prime rib and so on.

If you're in the market for fried chicken, there's a bloom-ified version of that too. The new Bloomin' Fried Chicken is a sizable, boneless chicken breast hand-battered in Bloomin' Onion seasoning, fried until golden brown and finished off with bloom sauce. It's served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables for a grand total of $16.99.

Last but not least are new tangy barbecue Aussie Twisted Ribs. They don't get the crust-like topping, but they do get a drizzle of the bloom sauce and a size of spicy house-made pickles. A small order is priced at $10.49 and a regular-sized rack rings in at $13.49. Hungry yet? These freaky fried bloom-ified dishes are available now for a limited time only, and will certainly not go down in history as the healthiest menu items at Outback Steakhouse.