EXCLUSIVE: Outback Is Upgrading the Bloomin’ Onion in a Major Way

06/14/2016 at 10:00 AM ET

Bloomin'
Outback Steakhouse

Do you ever find yourself eating something delicious, but then wishing there were french fries, cheese and bacon loaded on top of it?

If you have, you’ll find this news thrilling: Outback Steakhouse is upgrading their iconic Bloomin’ Onion — a giant deep-fried glob of seasoned onion goodness — by topping it with their Aussie Cheese Fries, bacon and spicy ranch dressing. The new menu item, called the Loaded Bloom clocks in at a whopping 2,360 calories — which is not in the least bit surprising.

RELATED: How to Make Your Own Bloomin’ Onion

The Loaded Bloom will hit restaurants on June 21st and, we should warn you, it’s meant for sharing, so make sure to bring a large group of friends (or your whole building.)

We’re sure Chrissy Teigen — a longtime fan of the appetizer — is going to freak out about it. She’s even Insta’d it, with the all-caps cation: “AT OUTBACK.”

AT OUTBACK

A photo posted by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on

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“The new Aussie-tizer was inspired by Outback’s upcoming, limited time ‘Big Australia’ menu which features bigger, Aussie-sized portions,” an Outback rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Let the countdown until June 21st begin.

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Liz on

No thanks–that makes me nauseous just looking at it.

Mrs. B on

I love their Bloomin’ onion, but it’s something I eat about once a year because it’s not healthy. There’s no way that this already fattening food needs more fat piled on top of it. Adding bacon (which I hate anyway) would overpower the onion flavor.

Peachy on

I don’t need Outback…I have the recipe for blooming onion.

Nimi on

Eat a sauteed vegetable with some part cheese. Lay off the fried stuff. Americans are stupid and a slave to the fried fat!

Ann on

Another heart attack waiting to happen.

Jesse on

I lived in Australia for a year and “Aussie-sized portions” are more reasonable than the most American ones…

Julie C on

Im Australuan and this is not something you would find in any restaurant here. We also don’t have cheese fries.

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I reviewed the Loaded Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse on my YouTube Food Review Channel. Feel free to watch the review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vwQTpjDxfE

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