Gluten free onion rings are totally possible and they’re amazing. Just like their gluten-y counterparts at sports bars, these GF beer battered onion rings are here for all of your snacking needs!

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know I have an obsession with chicken wings that borders on unhealthy. And you also probably know that I used to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings regularly before going gluten free.

WELL, in addition to wings, I loved to get their onion rings. They were so good! So after going gluten free and living without onion rings for a horrifying amount of time, I decided I needed to make my own. Next I’ll have to figure out how to make the southwest ranch that they serve them with.

You will have to do a little bit of adjusting with the batter to make it the right consistency. I gave you the proportions I used, but there are so many factors that go into gluten free flour, so you’ll just have to adjust the flour and carbonated water accordingly.

Also, if you don’t consume alcohol or you can’t find a gluten free beer, unfortunately this recipe might not be suitable for you. I haven’t tried testing it with all carbonated water instead of some beer, so I don’t know if it works or how it tastes.

Gluten Free Beer-Battered Onion Rings dipped in ranch

Ready to give it a try? Here’s the recipe!

I served them with ranch – I used Hidden Valley mix following their directions and then added some sour cream in.

Gluten Free Beer-Battered Onion Rings
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Gluten Free Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Gluten free onion rings are totally possible and they’re amazing. Just like their gluten-y counterparts at sports bars, these GF beer battered onion rings are here for all of your snacking needs!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Sam Harbison

Ingredients

  • Neutral oil, such as peanut for frying
  • 2 yellow onions large
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend without xanthan gum divided, see notes
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt I used Morton’s
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup gluten free beer see notes
  • 1 cup club soda

Instructions

  1. Slice the onions crosswise and then separate them into rings. Add them to a large bowl and then toss them with 1/2 cup of the gluten free flour, and let sit for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven to 350 degrees F. You’ll need at least 2-3 inches of oil.

  3. Whisk together all of the remaining dry ingredients. Then slowly whisk in the egg, followed by the gluten free beer. Once fully combined, slowly pour in the club soda, stopping once the batter is a similar thickness to pancake batter (when you dip an onion in, some batter should run off, but the onion ring will stay thickly coated). You can add more gluten free flour if it’s too thin, or more club soda if it’s too thick.

  4. Working in batches, add the onion rings to the hot oil one at a time, and fry until golden brown and crispy. Set on a wire cooling rack lined with paper towels to cool.

  5. Serve alone or with ranch. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour, in the red bag. You can use a different brand, but not all gluten free flours are created equal or have the same ingredients so I can only guarantee the same results if you use the same brand I did.

I used Red Bridge brand gluten free beer. It is made from sorghum and contains no gluten ingredients. If you are gluten free for medical reasons you need to be careful with the beer you choose because “Gluten Reduced” beers like Omission are not truly gluten free and are not safe for people with Celiac Disease. Use your best judgement.

Gluten Free Beer-Battered Onion Rings