Air Fried Brew City Beer Battered Onion Rings Thick Cut

Onion rings have been a popular pub food in the United States since the early 20th century. The first recorded recipe for beer battered onion rings was published in a cookbook in 1933. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that onion rings became a staple on menus across the country. In recent years, air fryers have become a popular kitchen appliance for making healthier versions of fried foods, including onion rings.

Air Fryer Brew City Beer Battered Onion Rings

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: AppetizerCuisine: American
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Crispy, golden brown onion rings made with thick cut onions and a flavorful beer batter. Cooked to perfection in an air fryer for a healthier twist on a classic pub food.


  • 2 large onions, cut into thick slices

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 cup beer

  • 1 egg

  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  • In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the beer and egg.
  • Dip each onion slice into the flour mixture, then into the beer batter, and then back into the flour mixture. Make sure the onion is fully coated.
  • Place the coated onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Spray the onion rings with cooking spray to help them crisp up.
  • Cook the onion rings for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Make sure to use thick cut onions for a more substantial onion ring.
  • For a gluten-free option, use a gluten-free beer and substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or ketchup.
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