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Bill Miller’s Onion Copycat Recipe

Bill Miller’s Onion Recipe

Bill Miller’s onion rings are legendary, a perfect blend of crispy, golden-brown goodness that leaves you craving more. This recipe is a closely guarded secret, passed down through generations of the Miller family.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes



  • 4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 large onions sliced into rings
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper


  • Heat a pot of vegetable oil on medium-high heat, making sure there’s enough oil to cover the onion rings.
  • Slice the onions thinly and separate them into individual rings while the oil is heating.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. Gradually add buttermilk and stir until a thick batter forms.
  • Dip each onion ring into the batter, ensuring it’s completely coated on all sides.
  • Carefully place the battered onion rings into the hot oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown.
  • Once cooked, remove the onion rings from the oil using tongs or a slotted spoon, and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  • Serve immediately while still warm and crisp.


  • For extra crispy onion rings, you can double-dip them in the batter before frying.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by mixing 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using it in the recipe.
  • To add a bit of heat to the onion rings, you can mix some cayenne pepper into the batter.
  • If you want a thicker coating on your onion rings, add 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour mixture.
  • If you have leftover batter, you can use it to make other fried goodies like chicken strips or pickles. Just adjust the frying time accordingly.
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