Buttermilk Walla Walla Onion Rings

Ryan and I don’t eat fast food very often , but offer me Burgerville and I suddenly forget that a burger and fry combo is not number one on my list of things I should eat in any given day. But today I’m not talking about burgers and fries, I’m talking onion rings, crispy delicious, Walla Walla sweet onion rings to be exact. About this time every year Burgerville starts selling these little devils and every one goes a little nutty over them, OK maybe not everyone, but I certainly do.  Just the thought of their crispy, salty, sweet goodness makes me giddy and sad at the same time. Sad because there are people lining up to get their hands on these treasures but the closest Burgerville to me is eighty-five miles away. Tragic. So what is a girl to do? Make a version at home of course.  And as a bonus I don’t have to worry about looking silly as I scarf them down a little faster than I probably should.

Note: You will want to plan ahead when making these as they need to marinate in the buttermilk mixture for 2 hours.

I served these with three different dips, the yogurt-dill sauce from my chicken sandwiches, ketchup the Cajun dip for a little spice.

Buttermilk Walla Walla Onion Rings Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 large Walla Walla onion cut into 1/4 inch slices, separated into rings
  • 1-1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 -1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • canola oil for frying

Quick Cajun Dip

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning



In a bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper. Add onion rings, make sure they are covered with buttermilk mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


In a freezer bag combine flour, bread crumbs and seasoning salt.


Heat 1 inch of oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.


Place several of the marinated onion rings in the bag. Seal. Shake bag to coat. Shake each onion ring to remove excess flour and bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining onions adding more panko or flour as needed.


Sprinkle a bit of flour into the oil, if it sizzles the oil is ready. Fry the onion rings in batches until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to over crowd the pan. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt, if desired.


To make the quick Cajun dip, whisk all ingredients together.


Serve onion rings hot with quick Cajun dip.



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    March 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Going to try this recipe tonight. My wife and I have Burgerville O-Ring withdrawals year round! I’ve been looking for a recipe that is similar…

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    November 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    These were soooo good!! We loved them and ended our Thanksgiving “splurge” weekend with a bang!! Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes!! I have been trying so many and you never seem to let me down!

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      November 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm

      Tiffany- I love the sound of a “splurge” weekend I think I need to have a couple of those! I’m honored that you included these as part of your Thanksgiving celebrations and even happier that you enjoyed them :)

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    natasha ur little sis:)
    September 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Debbie made those union rings today and mm-mm-mm they were delicous!

    • Reply
      September 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm

      Natasha, yay! I am glad that you guys liked them. Too bad I wasn’t around to help you guys eat them :)

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    September 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE BURGERVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! will surely try to replicate:)

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    The Purple Foodie
    September 1, 2009 at 9:10 am

    hey those look really nice! I have been thinking of onions rings in the past week and now you’re pushing me to make them even more.

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    September 1, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Hmmmm, onion rings is the one fried food I don’t think twice before eating it. These look delicious!

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    BAKING is my ZeN
    August 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Looks so appetizing. Anything with panko breadcrumbs…I’m in!!! Great photo!

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    August 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    mmm, these look good. I did onion rings in a batter of flour, water, cumin, salt, pepper and a little chili powder for some spice the other day. I’ll have to try this breading technique1

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    August 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I haven’t ever had the ones you mentioned, but yours looks scrumptious!! We love onion rings.

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    Mrs. L
    August 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    We love onion rings! I keep saying I need to make my own one day. These look perfect!

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    Jessica Lee Binder
    August 31, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I can’t let my husband, the onion ring lover, see this. He needs to be on a diet.

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    August 31, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    You had me at Walla Walla. We are growing some of these in our garden this year. Cannot wait to try your recipe!

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    August 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Buttermilk and Panko what could be better?

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