Baked BBQ Onion Rings

This recipe has been featured in a how-to post on The Recipe Girl blog: Baked Barbecue Onion Rings. You can make these onion rings as gluten-free- please see tips below the recipe…

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Baked BBQ Onion Rings

My family loves this very flavorful and lower fat, baked version of the onion ring.


1 cup barbecue sauce
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups panko bread crumbs
2 large sweet onions, sliced into 1/2-inch rings

cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place two baking sheets in the oven and let those preheat too.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs and flour.

3. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl.

4. Using tongs (or your fingers) dip onion slice in the barbecue sauce mixture, shake the excess off and then dunk on all sides into the bread crumbs. Lay on a cool baking sheet. Repeat until all onion slices have been dunked.

5. Remove hot baking sheets from the oven and spray lightly with cooking spray. Move coated onions to hot baking sheets. Spray the coated onions lightly with cooking spray.

6. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until golden, then use tongs to turn each onion ring over. Spray the other side of the onions with cooking spray and bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Watch closely to make sure they crumbs are not browning too quickly or burning.

7. Remove from oven and serve immediately.


*For barbecue sauce... I prefer Sweet Baby Rays, but use your favorite.
*Panko bread crumbs can be found in your market's Asian aisle. Regular breadcrumbs may be substituted.
*This recipe is GLUTEN FREE adaptable- use a GF bbq sauce and GF flour and turn GF pretzels or bread into crumbs to coat the rings.

Source: (very loosely based on a recipe from Cooking Light's Way to Cook


  1. postedMar 22, 2016 3:16 PM

    These were GREAT! I made them with what I had: red onions, regular wheat bread crumbs, and no egg, but they were still awesome! Will try egg next time as they’ll probably hold together a tad better, but totally works without if you want to make them vegan. Anyhow, they were the perfect late-night-I-want-junk-food-but-not-guilt snack! (I also used the Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ πŸ™‚

  2. postedJan 30, 2014 12:12 PM

    Makes me wish I had eggs so I could make them tonight

  3. postedSep 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    SCORE!!!!! Made these tonight along side fried cod fish and zucchini….my SUPER PICKY 16 month old son gobbled them up!!! I will add this to the very short list of things he will eat again!

  4. postedFeb 3, 2012 10:19 AM

    I made these the other night and wrote about them. In my opinion they are better than the classic breaded deep fried onion ring. They weren’t greasy and you don’t get that string of onion that comes out when you bite into it and are left with the mushy breading part. I hate that!

    We’ll be making these again for sure.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!!

  5. postedAug 1, 2011 5:57 PM

    I just made these for my family tonight and they were AMAZING. Thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚

  6. postedSep 19, 2010 7:02 PM

    Made them tonight to go with our grilled steak sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob, and tomato/cucumber/red onion salad. They were DELICIOUS! And so easy! πŸ™‚

  7. postedSep 17, 2010 12:37 PM

    These sound so tasty, and I too love that they are baked. Totally going to have to give them a try! πŸ™‚

  8. postedSep 17, 2010 11:47 AM

    YUMMY..i am going to try these out tonight..:)

    thanks so much for that they are not fried!!!

    Melissa from Naches, WA

  9. postedSep 16, 2010 5:07 AM

    Just genius!! Love these & love that they are not fried!

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