Thick, crunchy and bursting with flavor, these air fryer onion rings can’t be beat! Serve them alongside your favorite burger for a crowd-pleasing meal!
If you’re familiar with my blog, you are well aware that I am completely smitten with my air fryer. It’s probably the best appliance I’ve ever purchased… and yes, I use it on the daily. In addition to burgers, these perfectly golden onion rings would taste great with my Lusty Reuben Sandwich, these Veggie Packed Lavash Wraps or my Pepper Jack Beef Pot Roast Sliders.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER ONION RINGS:
I’m a huge fan of double-dredging my onion rings. The combination of seasoned flour with Panko breadcrumbs is to die for. They truly remind me of the classic rings you’d find at the state fair.
- Start by slicing a medium-sized sweet onion into 1/2-inch rings. Pop out the center of each slice and separate the outer layers into rings. I normally save the smaller middle pieces to use in other recipes (like my Pizza Bianca with Beer Braised Onions), but that’s totally your call if you’d rather use them here.
- Arrange three bowls: one is for your seasoned flour, another is for the mayo-egg mixture and the last is for the Panko breadcrumbs. To make the mayo-egg mixture, simply whisk together the mayonnaise, pickle juice and egg. Alternatively, you could also use a mix of buttermilk and egg for the wet dredge. Either mixture will do the trick!
- Dip each ring in the wet dredge, then the seasoned flour, back into the wet dredge and then the Panko breadcrumbs. After you’re finished double-dredging, place each ring on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375F. Then arrange the onion rings in a single layer, divided evenly among the two baking sheets. If you are using a basket air fryer, you may have to cook these in batches.
- Air fry the onion rings for 5 minutes, swap the baking sheets, and air fry for an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately with fresh parsley and your favorite dipping sauce.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE CONDIMENTS:
Trust me, these bad boys are super flavorful and taste amazing on their own. However, I’m a saucy person so might as well kick things up a notch with a condiment or two!
Quick and Easy Irish Beer Cheese Dip: If you want to make something warm and comforting on game day, look no further than this Irish Beer Cheese Dip. We also enjoy this dip with pretzel bites, veggies and chips!
Homemade In-N-Out Burger Sauce: When it comes to the most addicting burger sauce on the planet, In-N-Out has mastered the recipe. It’s tangy, savory, perfect with fries and tastes awesome!
Aji Verde (Spicy Peruvian Green Magic): Aji Verde is a bright green sauce that’s full of heat and flavor. Enjoy it as an alternative to salad dressing, as a dip with fries and so much more!
Tangy Alabama White Sauce: Alabama White Sauce is a creamy BBQ sauce that’s delicious with smoked meats, veggies and potatoes. This versatile recipe is a must-make for any home cook.
Chipotle Garlic Aioli: Make this versatile dip. Perfect for fries, sandwiches and so much more. Trust me, serve this at your next party and you’ll be asked for the recipe over and over again.
OTHER AIR FRYER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
As I mentioned earlier, I’m just tickled-pink with my Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer. It has double-layer capacity, which allows me to cook items in larger batches. It’s also a dehydrator, toaster, rotisserie, and bakes / broils.
- 1 Sweet Yellow Onion, sliced into ½-inch rings and separated
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp. Seasonings (Old Bay, Paprika, Garlic Powder, etc)
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. Pickle Juice
- 1 tbsp. Powdered Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 cups Seasoned Panko Breadcrumbs
- Peel the onion and cut into ½-inch slices and separate into rings.
- Grab three bowls and mix together the flour and seasonings in the first bowl. Then whisk together the mayonnaise, pickle juice, powdered sugar and egg in the second bowl. Lastly, pour the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs into the last bowl.
- Dip each ring into the wet dredge, then the flour mixture, back into the wet dredge and then into the panko bread crumbs. Place each ring on a parchment-lined baking sheet until you've completed coating all the rings.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375F. Evenly divide the rings, in a single layer, among the two baking sheets. Air fry for 5 minutes, alternate baking sheets, and air fry for an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with your favorite condiments.
NOTES ON THIS RECIPE:
- Temperature and times may vary, depending on the type of air fryer you are using. Make sure to check, periodically, so they don’t burn.
- Use one hand for the wet dredge, one hand for the dry. This will prevent your hands from getting extra sticky. You’re going to get sticky hands, regardless, but this helps a little. I also like to wash my hands about halfway through.
- If the onion rings get cold, you can reheat them on the bottom rack of the air fryer for a few minutes. They also reheat great in the oven when you have larger batches.