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Elevate your burger game with these irresistible gluten free crispy fried onions. Golden and crunchy, they add a burst of flavor and texture to every bite, making your burger experience truly unforgettable.


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This is one of those great recipes that I reach for again and again. These gluten-free onion rings have everything you love about onion rings in a great gluten free coating.

It’s a simple recipe, but the goodness of thinly sliced sweet onions soaked in creamy buttermilk, coated in a flavorful cornmeal mixture, and fried to crispy perfection in grapeseed or canola oil is irresistible.

The exterior of these fried crispy onions adds a satisfying crunch to your favorite dishes, and they are not just for burgers!

A crispy fried onion can elevate salads, sandwiches, and even soups.

With just a handful of pantry staples, you can create restaurant-quality fried onions at home.

These gluten-free fried onions are the ultimate turkey burger companion, but also my favorite way to take organic onions and turn them into something wonderful.

The next time you need a perfect side dish, try these gluten free fried onions. Everyone will love them.


All ingredients laid out on counter for crispy fried onions


What Are Crispy Fried Onions?

Homemade crispy fried onions are thinly sliced onions soaked in buttermilk, coated in a seasoned cornmeal mixture, and fried until golden brown and crispy.

They add a flavorful crunch to various dishes, from burgers to salads.

Your favorite green bean casserole with bacon is better with these onion toppings too.


thinly sliced onions in a bowl with buttermilk being poured over the top.


What ingredients are in Gluten Free Crispy Fried Onions?

  • Sweet Onion: Adds a mild and sweet flavor profile to the dish.
  • Buttermilk: Tenderizes the french fried onions and adds a tangy flavor.
  • Cornmeal: Provides a crispy coating for the onions.
  • Salt: seasons the battered crispy onions, giving overall flavor.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a hint of heat and depth to the crispy fried onions gluten free.
  • Aleppo Pepper: Infuses a subtle and aromatic spice.
  • Grapeseed or Canola Oil: Used for frying, ensuring a crispy exterior to the crispy french fried onions.

Pro Tips:

  • Slice the onions thinly for optimal crispiness.
  • Toss onions in buttermilk for at least an hour to tenderize and infuse flavor.
  • Ensure the oil is hot enough before frying to achieve a crispy texture.


Onions soaking in buttermilk


How to Make Gluten Free Crispy Fried Onions:

  1. Soak sliced onions in buttermilk in a large bowl.
  2. Combine cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and Aleppo pepper in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a Dutch oven.
  4. Coat onion slices in cornmeal mixture.
  5. Fry coated onions in hot oil in a single layer until golden brown.
  6. Drain excess oil on paper towels.
  7. Enjoy crispy fried onions!

Pro Tips:

  • Work in batches for even frying.
  • Shake off excess coating before frying for a lighter texture.


cornmeal, salt, black pepper and aleppo pepper in a bowl mixed up with buttermilk onions being coated


Are Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions Healthy?

Yes, these gluten-free crispy fried onions can be eaten as part of a healthy diet.

Just be sure to eat them in moderation.

Choose healthier oils and pair them with nutritious dishes like salads or grilled proteins for a balanced meal.

How to Store Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions:

Store cooked non gluten crispy fried onions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the oven for a crispy texture.


hand holding a coated onion ring


Can You Freeze Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions?

Yes, you can freeze crispy fried onions in a sealed freezer bag for up to 2 months.

Reheat in the oven until crispy before serving.

How to Use Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions:

You can use fried onions in so many different ways!

I like to use them on turkey burgers, backyard burger recipe, and chicken burger with avocado

Also try them on salads like blueberry salad, simple strawberry spinach salad, beet arugula goat cheese salad and avocado chicken salad.

Adding fried onions to a sandwich like this Cottage Cheese Chicken Salad

They also make a tasty garnish for casseroles or dips.

Use these homemade french fried onions instead of store bought on your traditional green bean casserole; they will quickly become your favorite thanksgiving food on your holiday table!


Coated onions being fried in hot oil


What to Serve with Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions:

Serve these french fried onions with burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, or veggie wraps.

They make a great side dish and a perfect topping for your sandwich for a deliciously satisfying meal.

Can I Make Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can adapt this gluten free fried onions recipe for the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer, coat the onions in the cornmeal mixture, and air fry until crispy and golden brown.


tongs pulling out 2 crispy fried onions from hot oil


Can I Bake Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions?

While gluten free crispy onions are traditionally fried, you can bake them in an oven at a high temperature until crispy.

However, the texture may differ slightly from the fried version.

Pro Tip: Use your convection oven to more closely mimic an air fryer. Then you can bake a lot at once and have that great crispy texture.


zoomed out image of fried onion rings on paper towels


Can Dogs Eat Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Onions?

No, do not feed these fried onions to dogs as onions can be harmful to their health.

Onions contain compounds that can be toxic to dogs when consumed in large quantities.


gluten free fried onions on top of a hamburger


Additional Onion Recipes You’ll Love…


Whether you are looking for gluten-free recipes or just ways to make your own favorite recipes even better, these gluten free crispy fried onions are fast, easy, delicious, and so addicting!

Better than store bought onions, these are the perfect topping, side dish, and treat any time of year!


crispy fried onions stacked high on a paper plate

Gluten Free Crispy Fried Onions

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

These irresistible gluten free crispy fried onions are golden and crunchy. They add a burst of flavor and texture to every bite.


  1. Place onions in a shallow dish and cover with buttermilk.
  2. Let soak about an hour.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, black pepper and Aleppo pepper. Then divide that mixture in half into two separate bowls for dipping onion (further explanation in post if needed.)
  4. Pour oil into your dutch oven until it reaches about a ½ inch up the sides. Heat oil until water sprinkled on top sizzles immediately.
  5. Dip a portion of buttermilk onions into the cornmeal coating. Coat well, shaking off excess, and fry it in the oil until light golden brown. It doesn't take long but go by color, not time.
  6. Drain on paper towel.
  7. Continue in batches until all your onions are fried.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g



Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

I love how thin the onions are with this recipe! SO yummy


Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

So glad I found this recipe! I made it yesterday and it turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

These were my new must have burger topping! The crispy coating and flavorful onions made them irresistible! Planning to fry more onions!


Tuesday 21st of May 2024

Yummo! I love the simplicity of this recipe. I'm already seeing this on my green bean casserole and bacon cheeseburger!

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