Solid Gold Battered Onion Rings Recipe

Our Culinary Director, Justin Golinski, is at it again with his latest hit: Solid Gold Battered Onion Rings. Not only do they represent all four food groups (beer, onions, oil, batter) they’re also dang delicious! Grab the recipe below and don’t forget to share with us on social media tagged with #brewedforus!

Solid Gold Battered Onion Rings


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1½ (or more) cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • ¾ cup chilled club soda
  • 1 cup chilled Solid Gold
  • 8 cups vegetable oil (for frying)

Special Equipment:

A candy or deep-fry thermometer


Slice the onion into ½”-thick rounds and separate it into individual rings. Place the rings in a large bowl and pour in buttermilk so they are submerged. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Combine cornmeal, baking powder, smoked paprika, ¾ cup flour, and 1 ½ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add the club soda and Solid Gold.  The mixture should be similar to the consistency of thin pancake batter…whisk in more beer or flour as needed, all the while, being careful not to overmix.

Place the remaining ¾ cup flour in a shallow bowl.  Fit a large pot with the thermometer and pour in oil to come up about 2″. Set the burner to medium-high until the thermometer registers 375°.

Remove the onion rings from buttermilk, and let the excess drip back into the bowl. Dredge in flour, then dip the rings into the Solid Gold batter, letting some of the excess drip back into bowl.  Work in small batches as to not overcrowd the pot. Fry, and turn the rings occasionally with a slotted spoon, until the crust is puffed and golden brown–about 2 minutes.

Transfer the onion rings onto a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet, and season immediately with salt. Serve hot, alongside your favorite dipping sauce and, of course, a can of Solid Gold!

Can of Founders Solid Gold with onion rings

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