March Madness at Outback is all about piling more food onto its Bloomin' Onion

Even if you’ve never been to an Outback Steakhouse, you know about the Bloomin’ Onion. It’s like the greatest version of the onion ring ever conceived and one of the most popular appetizers (or Aussie-tizers) at Outback. It’s huge, fried, and very high in calories. And, according to Outback, it’s not big or bold enough for March Madness.

For the chain, March Madness is less about basketball and more about an unquenchable thirst to constantly pile more food on top of the Bloomin’ Onion. They are not content with mere fried onion. They need more. A lot more. That’s where the “3-Point Bloomin’ Onion” comes in.

Photo courtesy of Outback Steakhouse

The NCAA basketball tournament is in full swing, and to celebrate Outback once again released an over-the-top, heart-clogging, alternative version of the Bloomin’ Onion. This is the second year the chain has offered a ridiculous version of the dish.

Last year, during the tournament, the chain’s first “3-Point Bloomin’ Onion” featured French fries, ranch dressing, and steak. The monstrosity’s total calorie count was north of 3,000. This year, Outback has decided to amp it up by exchanging steak for four baby back ribs, giving it around 3,500 calories. But, that’s not all. The behemoth also contains “Aussie Cheese Fries” (French fries with cheddar, Monterey jack, and bacon) underneath the pork ribs.

If you didn’t figure it out already, the name is a reference to shooting a three-pointer in a game of basketball as well as the three, unique layers (fried onion, fries, and ribs) that make up this gut-busting appetizer. Yes, that’s right. This is an appetizer. It's assumed that you (and hopefully ten other people) will eat it before you enjoy a thick-cut steak. Good luck with that.