Gluten Free Beer-Battered Onion Rings

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!

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
5 from 11 votes

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 Sizzling Mess


  • 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


  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.



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23 responses to “Gluten Free Beer-Battered Onion Rings”

  1. Kelly Anthony Avatar

    5 stars
    This a great gluten free option. I can’t wait to make these for my best friend who has Celiac.

  2. Jenni LeBaron Avatar

    5 stars
    These onion rings look perfectly crisp and scrumptious! I love that they are gluten-free and the little kick of cayenne in them sounds wonderful!

  3. Colleen Avatar

    5 stars
    What?! I don’t have to give up onion rings? This is amazing, and I think you could use this batter recipe for all kinds of other deep fried goodies, too. So glad I found this recipe. Thank you!

    1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
      Sizzling Mess

      You definitely could! Fish and chips comes to mind!

  4. Stine Mari Avatar

    You officially got me craving onion rings now! And I think it’s great that you’ve made this recipe gluten free, so that most people can enjoy it.

    1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
      Sizzling Mess

      I have Celiac Disease, so all of the recipes on the blog are gluten free! :).

  5. Amanda Avatar

    5 stars
    These onion rings are great! I love that crispy beer batter. The beer really adds a nice flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jeannette (Jay Joy) Avatar

    5 stars
    I really don’t think I can get gluten free flour blend without xanthan gum where I live. I really wish I could get these types of things here.

    1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
      Sizzling Mess

      You can always order online! I always use Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten after flour in the red bag, but King Arthur Flour makes a blend without xantham gum too that you could try! Or you could try a blend with a gum, but I can only guarantee results with a blend I’ve tried.

    2. Maman de sara Avatar

      5 stars
      These onion rings look crunchy, I wonder how they will taste if made with alcohol free beer!

      1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
        Sizzling Mess

        I’m not sure, but you could always experiment and see! I don’t know of any gluten free alcohol free beer though, if that’s a concern for you.

  7. Jacqueline Debono Avatar

    5 stars
    Your onion rings look great. I love onion rings but have never made them myself. I’m not sure I can find the right ingredients here in Italy to make them gluten free like yours but I’ll do some research!

    1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
      Sizzling Mess

      The gluten free flour blend I use can be bought on Amazon!

  8. April Avatar

    5 stars
    Onion rings are never enough – fantastic and delicious appetizer that can save any party!

  9. Lathiya Avatar

    5 stars
    This reminds me of our own Onion Pakoda recipe except for the beer added to the batter..This is so tempting snack

  10. Christina Mackey Avatar
    Christina Mackey

    I’m making these this weekend for the football games! I can’t wait to see how they turn out! I’ll post an update and pictures later! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
      Sizzling Mess

      I hope you enjoyed them!!

  11. Don Avatar

    How do you whisk a (I assume beaten) egg into all those dry ingredients? Doesn’t it just turn into lumps? Also can’t I use all beer and omit the club soda? Thanks.

    1. Sizzling Mess Avatar
      Sizzling Mess

      It starts as more of a very thick batter texture once the egg is in. Then gets thinner as you pour in the liquid. I’ve never tried all beer, I think it would be a heavier batter, but you could always give it a go and see how it turns out!

  12. Jody Avatar

    Great recipe! I made half a recipe (more than enough for 3 of us!) and used all soda water and it was fantastic. Next time I will try it with some GF beer. It’s amazing how far 1 onion will go!

  13. Natasha Gomej Avatar

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious. I love onion rings. I am always looking for new gluten free recipes to try. I will be sharing this yummy recipe with my friends.

  14. Nicole Avatar

    5 stars
    Used regular Bob’s with xanthan gum and all beer and they came out wonderfully crisp and delicious.

    Looking forward to making beer battered cheese curds next

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