One of my favorite things to eat in the summer is a hamburger (who am I kidding, I like them year round!).  For some reason, hamburgers are even better if they are grilled in our backyard. Homemade hamburgers can be customized and I can control portion size and the quality of the meat.  I even am able to include my favorite sides with it. With summer coming to an end, I thought it was only appropriate to share one of our favorite sides. Onion rings are a special treat at our house. We only make them a couple times each year, but I thought they would make a great addition to your Labor Day celebration so I thought I would share them with you today.

This recipe was handed down to me from Jeffrey’s mom when Jeffrey and I were married (13 short years ago). She filled my recipe box with several of Jeffrey’s favorites, and this is one that we both enjoy. While I wouldn’t suggest adding them to your weekly menu, I think they make a great treat and would be a welcomed addition to your weekend festivities.

Given the part of the country we come from, we prefer using Vidalia onions.  That being said, any sweet onion will be delicious.

Onion Rings

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3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil (plus more for frying)
1 large Vidalia or sweet onion

To make the batter combine flour, baking powder, salt, egg, milk and 1 tablespoon of oil together in a medium bowl.

Slice the onion into slices 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Separate each slice into rings.

Heat 1/2 inch of oil in an electric skillet (or deep pot) to 375 degrees.

Dip onion rings into batter. Gently shake off any excess. Fry in oil until lightly golden turning halfway through frying. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.