Beer Battered Onion Rings

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You’ve got to try our beer battered onion rings the next time your craving bar grub! They’re crunchy, savory, and go great with ranch dip or spicy mustard.

Lately, Kim and I have been craving bar food. There’s just something about that style of cooking that we love.

When we first got together, we spent a lot of time eating late night dinners at bars and restaurants.

Which, shouldn’t be surprising since we met while working together at a local restaurant. Ask any cook or server, your night usually doesn’t end once you finish closing duties.

In fact, for most of us, that’s only mid-day and the night is still young, so to speak. Simply put, it’s more than a job, it’s a lifestyle.

A delicious, tasty lifestyle. Speaking of which, how about we get started on these beer battered onion rings?

A serving of beer battered onion rings, in a basket, with ranch.

Beer Battered Onion Rings Instructions:

First, to get started, you need to cut the onions into rings. Kim recommends cutting them into circles that are half an inch (1/2) thick.

After that, put them into a bowl and toss them with the buttermilk.

The onions have been sliced and tossed with buttermilk to coat them.

Now, pour enough frying oil into a deep saucepan so it fills it up to the halfway point.

Furthermore, you want to give the oil room to expand as it heats without the risk of it spilling over the sides of your pot.

At this point, the oil is heating over medium heat, so grab a baking sheet and wire rack. Line the pan with foil and place the rack on top of it.

This way, your beer battered onion rings will be placed on the rack once they’re done cooking.

The ale being added to the dry ingredients to create the batter.

Onward, to the batter. In large mixing bowl combine half the flour with the garlic powder, seasoned salt, and beer. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients.

Instructions Continued:

The reserve flour should be kept in a smaller mixing bowl to dip the onions in, to create a dry coating. Speaking of which, let’s get to dipping.

An onion ring being dredged in flour to make the first coat.

First, grab an onion ring from the bowl and shake off any excess buttermilk.

Next, dip it into the flour and make sure it gets evenly coated. Shake off any excess flour.

The floured ring being dipped into the wet beer batter.

Afterward, dip the dry onion ring into the beer batter and let the extra wet coating drip off. Then, transfer it to the hot oil and let it cook until it’s golden brown.

Additionally, you might need to flip it halfway through the frying process to ensure your beer battered onions cook evenly.

Work in small batches, being careful not to overload the saucepan. Last, once the rings are cooked, move them to the cooling rack to drain away any excess grease.

A prepared wire rack with foil holding the fried onion rings.

That’s it, your beer battered onion rings are done! I recommend pairing them with a stone ground mustard or cheese dip.

Kim and I hope you enjoy this recipe and wish you all the best 🙂

Kimberly dipping an onion ring into the ramekin of ranch dressing.

Beer Battered Onion Rings Tips:

The onions are soaked in buttermilk to soften them a bit and take out some of the bite. They can be soaked for several hours if needed.

Don’t overcrowd the onion rings in the pan. They’ll stick together and won’t cook properly. It will also bring down the temperature of the oil.

The onion rings can be reheated by placing them in the oven on baking sheet with a wire rack to be heated at 350 degrees F. for seven (7) to ten (10) minutes.

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Kimberly dipping an onion ring into the ramekin of ranch dressing.

Beer Battered Onion Rings

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • ½ pound sweet onions, cut into ½ inch thick rings
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 ounces beer, your choice
  • Oil, for frying


  • Cut the onions into ½ inch thick rings, and place them in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the buttermilk over the onions rings, and toss to coat. Set aside while you work on the beer batter.
    ½ pound sweet onions
    1 cup buttermilk
  • Heat about ½ quart to 1 quart of cooking oil over medium heat (The exact amount needed will vary depending the size of pan being used). The oil should come up about 3 inches in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack on top. Set aside.
  • While the oil heats, place the ½ cup flour, garlic powder, and seasoned salt in a large bowl. (Reserve the other ½ cup of flour in a smaller bowl for dredging.) Whisk together the ingredients, then slowly add the beer. Whisk again to combine. The batter should resemble thin pancake batter.
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
    6 ounces beer
  • Remove an onion ring from the buttermilk and allow any excess buttermilk to drip off. Next, place it in the flour mixture and coat all sides and center evenly. Shake off any excess flour.
  • Working in batches, dip in the the beer batter, and make sure to evenly coat. Place the battered onion ring into the hot oil, and fry until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes per side). The onion ring may need to be flipped halfway through to ensure even cooking. Remove to the prepared wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining onion rings. Serve hot.

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The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of about two (2) ounces of fried onion rings. The calorie count does NOT include the ranch dipping sauce seen in the photos or the oil used for frying. Actual calories will vary. The onion rings can be stored in a sealed container in your fridge for up to three (3) days.


Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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