Baked BBQ Onion Rings

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Baked BBQ Onion Rings have barbecue sauce baked right into them!  They’re coated with crispy panko bread crumbs too.

Baked BBQ Onion Rings

While secretly flipping through a cookbook at my son’s soccer game last weekend, I came across a recipe for onion rings. In between whistle blowing and down-the-field dribbles, I started doctoring up these onion rings in my head. And I thought they might be good for an after-soccer weekend lunch… complete with Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Baked BBQ Onion Rings is what I had come up with.

How to Make Baked BBQ Onion Rings - cut sweet onions into rings

How to make Baked BBQ Onion Rings:

First things first.  You need a couple of big onions.  I like to use sweet Vidalia onions because I think they taste better.  But if you can’t locate those, just get regular onions.  You’ll slice your onions into rings.

At this point, you can get your oven heating.  And because you’ll be putting the onion rings onto a hot baking sheet, go ahead and put a couple of baking sheets in the oven to heat up too.

How to Make Baked Barbecue Onion Rings - dip the onion rings in barbecue sauce

Each onion ring is dipped in a mixture of barbecue sauce, eggs and flour.  I like to use Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce since that’s my family’s favorite.

How to Make Baked BBQ Onion Rings - dip onion rings in bbq sauce and shake off excess

Dip the onions rings right on in there and then shake off the excess sauce.

How to Make Baked BBQ Onion Rings - Dip sauced onion rings in panko

Dip the sauced onion in Panko breadcrumbs.  Panko breadcrumbs are a flakier version of breadcrumbs that you can find in your market’s Asian aisle.

How to Make Baked BBQ Onion Rings - Coat sauced onion rings with panko

Get it coated on all sides.

How to Make Baked BBQ Onion Rings - ready for the oven

I like to organize mine on a (cold) baking sheet so they’ll be ready for transfer once they’ve all been dipped.  When you have them all coated and ready to bake, you’ll transfer them to one of those piping hot baking sheets that has been pre-heated along with the oven. Spray the onion rings lightly with a little bit of cooking spray (that’ll help give them the crisp you’re looking for.)

How to Make Baked BBQ Onion Rings - Bake on a hot baking sheet

These Baked BBQ Onion Rings take a total of about 15 minutes to bake, turning to get all sides golden and crispy.

Baked BBQ Onion Rings

Even avid ketchup eaters will agree, you don’t need any of that stuff to dunk your onion rings into… the bbq sauce provides plenty of flavor, with the sauce already “built-in” to the ring.

I have to say– we think these Baked BBQ Onion Rings are awesome. They are lightly crisp with a great smoky/spicy flavor and they are not deep fried (yay!) And just for the record, I’m not recommending that you take your cookbooks to soccer games. You should be watching your kids play soccer ?

If you’re looking for more recipes that you can make to serve with a sandwich or burger, you might also enjoy my Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad or this All American Potato SaladBaked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges, Creamy Buttermilk Cole Slaw and Baked Sweet Potato Fries are delicious choices too!

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Baked BBQ Onion Rings

In this onion ring recipe, the onions are dipped in barbecue sauce and coated with panko bread crumbs.  The barbecue sauce bakes right into the rings, and no ketchup is needed!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 276kcal
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, onion rings


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


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place two baking sheets in the oven and let those preheat too.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs and flour.  Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.


  • *Panko bread crumbs can be found in your market's Asian aisle. Regular breadcrumbs may be substituted.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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  • Trena Woodberry wrote:

    How many rings are in a serving? Thank you very much

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      That’s tough to pinpoint. The entire recipe is 6 servings, so you can divide all of the onion rings into 6 servings and then you’ll get your number!

  • Fay wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Kim wrote:

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

  • Shavon wrote:

    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!

  • mrsblocko wrote:

    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!!!!!

  • Arlene wrote:

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

  • Allison wrote:

    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! 🙂

  • Aimee wrote:

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

  • Melissa wrote:

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

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

    Melissa from Naches, WA

  • marla wrote:

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