Best Ever Sweet Onion Rings on the Grill-





Introduction: Best Ever Sweet Onion Rings on the Grill-

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Onion rings are a yummy treat that complement almost any meal done on the grill.  The bummer is that until now, making a proper onion ring at home required using a messy and often dangerous deep fat fryer.  This Best Ever Sweet Onion Ring recipe is done on the grill so you do not have to work with dangerously hot oil.

Step 1: Ingredients


2-3 Sweet Onions Cleaned and Cut into about 1/2" thick rings
1 1/2 cups seasoned flour
1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
4 Eggs
1/3 cup cooking oil of your choice

Additional Ingredients (used to taste)

Sriracha Hot Sauce
Worcestershire sauce

Seasoning for Seasoned Flour: Season Liberally to Taste 
Italian Seasoning
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder

Step 2: Prepare the Onion Rings

Prepare the raw onion rings by letting them air dry in a colander in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or pat dry with a paper towel before breading.

Prepare the egg bath by putting the eggs as well as a good amount of the Worcestershire sauce and Sriracha in a blender and blend on high for 2 min.  With the blender running, drizzle in the cooking oil of your choice and let blend with the eggs and sauces for an additional min.  The egg mix will help the breading adhere to the onion, but will also promote browning.  Transfer the egg mixture to a bowl deep enough for dunking the onions.

Drop an onion ring into the seasoned flour.  Give it a good shake in the flower to coat the onion with the seasoned flower mixture.  Knock any large clumps of flour off of the onion ring.

With a fork, transfer the onion ring seasoned in flour to the egg mixture, giving it a good dunk.  Drop into the seasoned bread crumb mixture

Shake the onion with the egg mixture on it in the seasoned crumbs until it gets coated well with the crumb mixture.  Coat until it gets covered as completely as possible.

Carefully transfer to a plate or a tray taking care to prevent the coating from being knocked off

Transfer plate or tray to the freezer for 30 min

Step 3: Prepare Your Grill

Your grill should be pre heated and stabilized at about 375F.  

Create a barrier between the direct heat of the grill.  A sheet pan, or pizza pan from the dollar store works well for this.

Arrange the onion rings on the grill leaving space between them to promote even cooking

Cook for about 8 to 10 min per side until golden brown and crunchy

The less you handle the onion rings, the better chance the breading has of not falling off

Step 4: Enjoy-

I made the onion rings on the grill to be enjoyed with burgers.

The problem is that a majority of them get eaten before they even get to the plate

You may need to double the recipe if you plan on having enough of these delicious Sweet Grilled Onion Rings to share!

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number one chop-chop...double plus good....

Are the actual onions crunchy like a raw onion? Or is it softer like what you'd get in a deep fried onion ring? If crunchy, would softening it via boiling work?

They break down quite wonderfully. You have to let them cook a bit longer if you want a supple interior, but the times I have made this, it worked out well. Consider trying it both ways if you are concerned and have a taste test- Oven will work well for this as well.

Thank you so very much for the prompt reply. :) I'm very picky about my onions, as I HATE when they're raw (never understood eating them on a burger or in a salad). Next time I fire up the grill, I'll have to give this a try. :D

Sounds great! I cannot wait to give them a try...might have to make sure they get added into tomorrows dinner that I am grilling! I have a recipe that I use indoors (baking, not fried) that has Parmesan cheese (like you would put on pizza or pasta) you add into the bread crumbs. You cannot fry with it I am told because it would burn before being done, but wonder if I added if it would work on the grill. Might have to try a small batch with these. Sorry didn't mean to ramble there, but wanted to share if you want to try it. BTW got a vote from me for this!

OM-Gosh! Parmesan is a brilliant idea for a little added flavor on the onion rings. Thinking of it, I bet a sprinkle of pizza topping seasoning which often contains parmesan, garlic, and herbs may work well too.

Thanks for the idea and the vote of confidence!

OooOOOo that does sound good! A little Paresan really does make a difference, but be careful when cooking it turns to burn quicker than other things in batter. I always think oregano is good in about anything. Something about fresh oregano in something just makes my taste buds stand up.. so I think that pizza topping season would be awesome! I just need to make sure NO FENNEL for me. *shiver* have and ex that seemed to think it belonged on everything (literally) and it just turns my stomach. No problem you earned it so glad to give it. I always love a new recipe!

OooOOOo that does sound good! A little Paresan really does make a difference, but be careful when cooking it turns to burn quicker than other things in batter. I always think oregano is good in about anything.

what is Paresan?

I must say I like real ones done in a batter deep fried joy. Rings are hard so thin wedges are very acceptable(to me).

If you can't make a good batter, find a Hotel that has an all you can eat breakfast with a waffle maker system. They have a batter that is sweetened with malt and it is wonderful. Many places will sell you a bag (it won't be cheap). try them, to heck with a grill.


Paresan is a typo for me. I meant Parmesan like we had said in the previous messages. Spark Master I think you are missing the point here. If you can get a good batter that holds enough so that you can cook it on the grill it will offer a whole new level of favor to them. Yet, to each their own. If you look there are several sites that have the recipe you are wanted. It is (most times) a sweet buttermilk waffle batter. Cheaper to make your own and you can tweak it a bit to make it how you want as well. I would be willing to bet your knife is not sharp if you are having trouble cutting rings. BTW no sorry needed for me if that was meant for me.

Actually I have made them perfect and as far as knife skills I have them (I also have a mandolin, sorta). I meant the wedges fir the unskilled or those who take a long time. I used to get wedges at Nathans Famous. Better a wedge of real onion then chopped crap at other places. Eyetalian onion rings,,,,,hmmmmm I would add back down on oregano and add some fine minced flat leaf Italian parsley.

mangia qui fait grande!