3-Ingredient Beer Battered Onion Rings

You can make our 3-ingredient beer battered onion rings in about 10 minutes for a quick and easy game day snack!

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Picture this: it’s 8pm, you just turned on the football game, and your stomach starts rumbling. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably craving something crispy and fried to pair with the beer you’ve already opened. So what do you do? You make these 10-minute, 3-ingredient beer battered onion rings and happily snack on them all night long.

You might be thinking, how can I possibly make beer battered onion rings in 10 minutes?? It’s not as crazy as it sounds – all you need is boxed pancake mix, beer, and an onion.

Beer battered onion rings on a serving board with ranch for dipping.

Beer Battered Onion Rings Ingredients

These simple homemade beer battered onion rings are made with just 3 ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need for our easy recipe:

  • Krusteaz buttermilk pancake mix
  • Beer
  • Sweet onion

Boxed pancake mix and beer make a delicious and easy two-ingredient beer batter recipe (who would have thought?). The thick batter sticks to the onions well and tastes just like our favorite restaurant style onion rings.

If you’re wondering what kind of beer is best for battered onion rings, here’s the easy answer: use your favorite beer! You’ll notice the flavor of the beer in these 3-ingredient onion rings, so use one you genuinely enjoy. However, here are some general guidelines to get you started:

  • If you want a more plain, everyday onion ring, opt for a light lager. 
  • If you’re looking for bolder flavors, try something dark like Guinness. 
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different kinds of beer each time you make this recipe!

Note: You’ll also need vegetable oil for frying, as our beer battered onion rings aren’t made in the air fryer. 

A serving board of homemade beer battered onion rings with ranch.

How To Make Crispy Beer Battered Onion Rings At Home

We recommend deep frying for the best beer battered onion rings. This tried-and-true method is quick, easy, and provides flavor that reminds us the most of classic pub style onion rings.

Grab some vegetable oil, a cast iron frying pan, and your 3 ingredients and you’ll be enjoying these homemade beer battered onion rings in 10 minutes or less! Here’s how to make our beer battered onion rings:

  1. Slice a sweet onion into half-inch thick rings and separate.
  2. Whisk together the dry pancake mix and beer in a bowl that’s big enough to dip the onion rings into. In the meantime, heat about three-quarters of an inch to an inch of vegetable oil in a deep cast iron frying pan over medium to medium-high heat.
  3. Once the oil is plenty hot, coat the onion rings one by one in the batter and transfer them carefully to the pan. You don’t need a ton of batter on each onion ring, as it will puff up while frying – let any excess batter gently drip off before the rings go in the pan! Work in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan.
  4. Once the onion rings are in the oil, gently agitate the oil with a utensil (we like to use a metal fork) to help solidify the batter all around. After about 30 seconds to 1 minute, gently flip the onion rings over and cook until both sides are a deep golden brown, about 15 to 30 seconds more.
  5. Transfer the onion rings to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Tips For Success

You’ll need to work quickly while making these beer battered onion rings. Frying them in oil is a fast process, and if you’re not careful they could end up burnt! Here are a few tips to help you succeed:

  • Work in small batches of 3 to 5 onion rings at a time so you don’t feel rushed.
  • Have your workstation set up before you start cooking. Set up an assembly line of raw onion and batter next to your stove, then make sure you have a paper towel lined plate ready for the cooked onion rings. Also make sure you have all the necessary utensils within reach.
  • If you flip the onion rings too early, the batter will break and fall off the onion. Agitating the oil as they cook should help the batter solidify all around – look for signs of this before flipping!
  • Lower the heat if the onion rings start to crisp too quickly – the onions need time to soften. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a crispy coating and raw onion inside.

Troubleshooting & FAQs

In case you run into any issues while frying your beer battered onion rings, here are some helpful answers to some FAQs:

How do you keep the batter from falling off while frying?

The easiest method we’ve found to help the batter stick to the onion rings while frying is to gently agitate the oil at the start of cooking and avoid flipping the onion rings too soon. As they fry, the onion rings will float at the top of the oil, so the very top surface will be exposed to air. But if you gently agitate the oil around the onion rings, the extra heat should help solidify the outside surface of the batter all the way around – even on top where the onion rings aren’t actually submerged in oil. Once the outside layer of batter is solidified, then you can carefully flip the onion rings without worrying about losing batter.

We also recommend using a fork to gently flip the onion rings. Other utensils that require you to squeeze or pick up the onion rings, like metal tongs, will break the outer layers of solidified batter and cause it to fall off.

Why are my onion rings soggy?

This could be one of two things: the excess oil isn’t draining properly off the cooked onion rings, or you coated them in too much batter.

If you’re ending up with soggy onion rings after draining them on a paper towel lined plate, try draining them on a cooling rack positioned over paper towels instead. This should improve the airflow around the onion rings to help keep them crispy.

To avoid soggy onion rings due to excess batter, make sure to only coat them in a thin layer before frying. It’s better to have too little batter on the onion rings than too much (less is more, in this case!). Since our beer batter puffs up while the onion rings fry, you’ll have plenty of crispy goodness to crunch into, even if it doesn’t seem that way while you’re coating them.

Onion rings made with a pancake mix beer batter on a serving tray.

Beer Battered Onion Rings Serving Suggestions

Homemade beer battered onion rings are perfect for game day parties, cookouts, and burger nights! You can serve them as an appetizer, snack, or side dish for any occasion – because who doesn’t love onion rings?

These beer battered onion rings are best served immediately, so we recommend only making as many as will get eaten in one sitting. (One small onion makes about 25 to 30 onion rings, which is a good amount for 4 people). 

If you want to prepare them ahead of time for a party, you can simply leave them at room temperature for up to an hour and reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes. And in case you do end up with leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheat in the air fryer the same way!

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3-Ingredient Beer Battered Onion Rings

You can make our 3-ingredient beer battered onion rings in about 10 minutes for a quick and easy game day snack!
Servings 30 onion rings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes




  • First, peel the onion, slice into half-inch thick rings, and separate.
  • Next, whisk pancake mix and beer together in a small bowl until well-combined. In the meantime, heat about three-quarters inch to an inch of vegetable oil in a deep cast iron frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is very hot, start working in batches of 3 to 5 onion rings. One by one, coat the onion rings in a thin layer of batter, letting the excess drip off before it goes in the pan. Once the pan is full (make sure not to overcrowd it), gently agitate the oil with a fork to help the batter solidify all around the onion rings. After about 30 seconds to 1 minute, once the bottoms of the onion rings are slightly golden, flip them gently with a fork. Continue frying for another 15 to 30 seconds or so, until the onion rings are a deep golden-brown all the way around.
  • Transfer the cooked onion rings to a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Continue working in batches until all the onion rings are fried. Let cool at least 5 minutes before serving.


What kind of beer to use: The beer flavor comes through in these onion rings, so choose a beer you love! You can use a light lager for a more traditional onion ring, or a darker option like Guinness for a sweeter, more flavorful onion ring.
Tips for frying onion rings: Agitating the oil right away helps the top layer of batter solidify on the onion rings so that it doesn’t come off when you flip them. Since the onion rings will float in the oil, the tops won’t be submerged in oil right away, so this step really helps!
We also recommend working quickly, which is why we like to fry these in batches of 3 to 5 onion rings at a time. Frying is fast, and if you’re not careful you could end up with burnt onion rings. To help make sure you can work efficiently, set up your workstation ahead of time with all the necessary tools and equipment easily within reach.
Prep ahead: If you want to make these onion rings for a party, you can make them up to an hour in advance and they’ll still taste super fresh! Just leave them out at room temperature and reheat in an air fryer at 350 degrees F for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Serving suggestions: Beer battered onion rings are a great game day snack served with your favorite dips! Pair them with ketchup, ranch, chipotle mayo, or even BBQ sauce for a tasty treat. Or, serve them as a side dish with your favorite burger.
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 47kcal
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers, Side Dish, Sides, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer, cast iron, frying pan, game day, pancake mix, super bowl, sweet onion, vegetable oil


Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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