Beer Battered Onion Rings

Last week we decided to host some family members and serve a “burger bar”. Basically the serving plates were lined with everything you would want on a burger including bacon, caramelized onions, roasted mushroom, avocado, pickles, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, as well as an array of condiments. I also wanted to provide some homemade french fries, but then as the afternoon was catching up on me, I decided to offer up some homemade beer battered onion rings.

Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe

I am typically a burger and french fry kind of guy, and rarely, if ever, do I order onion rings from a menu. However, it wasn’t long ago where I ordered the onion rings, just to change things up a bit, and wow, was I ever happy that I did order the onion rings. There was something about them that I really loved, and hence why I decided to offer my take on an onion ring, a beer battered onion ring at that.

Let’s get started.


  • 3 medium sized onion, outer skin removed, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 12 oz cold pilsner beer
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 3 cups of canola oil, heated to 350 degrees

Start by taking apart your onions by popping out the rings of each slice. If they break, don’t worry. Broken rings are just as delicious. Add the rings to a bowl, and add in the buttermilk. Set aside.

Next, add one cup of the flour to a bowl. Add in the salt, peppers, and garlic powder. Give that a good mix.

Ingredients for making beer battered onion rings

Next add the oil to a medium sized pot and bring that to a medium, to medium-high heat. Your goal is to shoot for 350 degrees.

Get another bowl ready, and toss in the remaining cup of flour. Add the cold beer, and whisk until you have a smooth batter.

Once the oil is heated, strain the onions.

Add the onions, about six or so at a time into the seasoned flour. Shake off any excess flour, then toss them into the beer batter.

Gently add them to the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd them as they will stick together.

Cook the onions until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove with your kitchen spider or slotted spoon, and set them on some paper towel to remove any excess oil. Season with a bit of salt. Repeat this process until all of the onions are cooked.

These beer battered onion rings were a huge hit. Everyone grabbed a handful, and you could just hear the crunch when they bit into them. Crispy beer batter on the exterior, and a nice and tender onion on the interior. So if you are looking to sway away from french fries during your next burger party, give these a try. Hope you enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

4 thoughts to “Beer Battered Onion Rings”

  1. Hi there,
    I use to read you and enjoy quite a lot, but still haven´t try to make any of your recipes, because some of the ingredients are strange around here. I live in Madrid, Spain.
    But now, I am really dying for your beer battered onion rings… in the pictures they look gorgeus!
    I have a question: as I dont really know what buttermilk it is nor can buy it, can I change this ingredient for any other one? Thanks a lot

    1. Hi Isabel, you could use regular milk as well. The buttermilk, or milk will help tenderize the onions, and impact a small amount of flavor. The process is also helpful when adding them to the flour to help the flour stick a bit better. Thanks for commenting from Madrid!

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