Onion Patties – Vegan and Gluten Free

Onion Patties
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If you like crispy onion rings, (and who doesn’t?) but you don’t like deep frying, these Onion Patties are just the thing.

Let me start by saying, you really must try these, they are SO good. They are crisp, full of caramelised onion flavour and they are shallow fried. In addition to these wonderful characteristics, they are also suitable for people who follow a gluten-free or vegan diet.

Vegetable patties are a busy cook’s best friend.

In the simplest form, almost any vegetable can be added to a basic batter and shallow fried, producing the basis of a simple meal or a tasty side dish. To alter the flavours I sometimes add herbs and a cheese of some kind.

These Onion Patties contain just a few simple ingredients; in fact, you’ve probably got everything on hand to make a batch.

The patties are excellent served as a snack food or as a side dish to a juicy barbecued steak or a comforting roast chicken. In fact, they are also delicious served as an appetiser. Just make them bite size, top with a horseradish and sour cream dressing and pieces of smoked salmon. They are perfect for entertaining; it is simple to double or even triple the mixture for a large batch. I feel I must warn you; they are very popular and almost impossible to resist.

The most difficult aspect of making these patties is dealing with the inevitable tears which result from chopping the onions.

I, very bravely, did these by hand. πŸ™‚ You may prefer to use a food processor. It is important to chop the onions finely as large pieces will not cook properly. And if any of you have a tear-proof onion chopping method I would love to hear from you. I’ve tried many methods, but none are completely satisfactory.

And again, I encourage you to try this very easy, delicious recipe. Serve them hot from the frying pan then sit back and wait for the sounds of people enjoying their food. I have chosen to serve these with my Sweet Chilli Sauce.

Please comment below if you try them.

Xx Alex

P.S. My friend Alina included this recipe in a great roundup here.

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Onion Patties – Vegan and Gluten Free

You will love these easily made, flavourful, Onion Patties that have a light, crisp batter. Using ingredients you will likely have on hand, I am confident these patties will be popular with family and friends. (Oh, and they’re Vegan and Gluten Free!)

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword delicious, easy, friters, gluten free, onion, patties, simple, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 269 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 3/4 cup plain flour I use Orgran gluten-free
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal or polenta *
  • 2 tsp baking powder gluten-free
  • 2 tsp coarse cooking salt *
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground, or more to taste
  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 1/2 cups onions finely chopped, approximately 3 medium onions
  • 2 green/Spring onions finely sliced, white and some of the green part
  • 1/2 cup oil (for frying, approximately) grapeseed or vegetable *
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce to serve


  1. Finely chop your onions and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients to evenly distribute them.

    Add the milk and stir well. You will have a thick batter.

  3. Add the finely chopped onions and mix until well blended.

  4. Add the oil to a large frying pan, and heat the oil over medium heat. I check that the oil is ready by using a simple method. I stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If the oil is ready, it will bubble around the spoon.*

  5. Drop batter by tablespoons into the hot oil. To ensure that the patties are cooked in the centre it is important to flatten the batter with the back of a spatula or spoon.

    Cook for 2-3 minutes before turning and cooking the other side. Both sides should be golden brown and crispy.*

  6. Drain for a minute on paper towels and continue cooking the remainder.

    Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce.

Recipe Notes

*I used finely ground polenta.

*The teaspoons of salt are flat, not rounded

*The oil should be about ½” deep.

*It is important that the oil not be too hot or the patties will brown before the centre is cooked. It is also important that the oil not be too cool or the patties will absorb the oil, leaving them soggy and greasy.

*The patties must be a rich brown shade to ensure the filling is properly cooked.

Nutrition Facts
Onion Patties – Vegan and Gluten Free
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Sodium 795mg35%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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233 Comments on “Onion Patties – Vegan and Gluten Free”

  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE all the recipes you share. They’re always so full of flavor. I can’t wait to try these. I’m a huge fan of onions.

  2. We just started our gluten free journey and this sounds like a great recipe for us to try, thanks,.

    1. Not at all πŸ™‚ As long as the oil is the right temperature, your food won’t absorb it πŸ™‚ And I always drain on paper towel just to be sure πŸ™‚

  3. This is interesting since I have a blog post about onion patties. Never seen anyone make them before. Mine is easy and always a big it.

  4. These are gorgeous and look delicious! I love making fritters and patties. I just made some corn fritters, these would go perfectly with them πŸ™‚ YUM!

    1. Hello Chad πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried, but I don’t see why this would be a problem. It is only a small amount, so I think the substitute would work fine. Do let me know if you try it πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    These sound so good!! I am an onion freak. Try chewing a piece of bubblegum while you cut onions! It helps me most of the time. πŸ™‚

  6. Wow, these look so good. I love anything with fried onions, so as soon as I saw the title of your post, I knew I would love these πŸ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    I love onion and these onion patties look mouthwatering and great appetizer. My family would take this as afternoon snacks too.

  8. 5 stars
    These definitely sound like something I need to try! My kids and I love onion rings but find deep frying can be so unhealthy so try not to make them a regular treat. These look delicious.

    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, it is great to be able to avoid the deep frying – but still have something that tastes as good! Hope you will love this!

  9. These look delicious! So glad to find a much healthier version of traditional onion rings. Thanks for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    I am not a vegan but this one looks really delicious. I would love to try this and will serve it with my guest.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve never made an onion patty. They look delicious and I love that they are gluten free!

  12. This is a great idea. I never thought of using onions in my vegan patties and meatballs. Makes sense. Thanks

  13. Sounds good! I do not use added salt or oil, so I will experiment with an alternative cooking method. Vegan patties with steak?

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  15. 5 stars
    Wiping your cutting surface with Vinegar will cure the tears. Another method is to wipe oil on the blade of your cutting knife. I use olive oil or whatever I have on hand. No more tears, however, you may need to reapply if you do a lot of chopping. To be foolproof you can use both methods.

  16. These onion patties look so delicious, i’ll Be making these for our church
    Pot luck this coming weekend thank you for shearing with us,

  17. 5 stars
    Love this recipe as the onion is my favorite ingredient. I also like how you dip the onion patties with the sweet chili. May I check what brand of sweet chili are you using?

  18. Looks very delicious! I love things made from onions, it is always a joy for me to try some, its being gluten free is always a bonus as my mother is intolerant

  19. 5 stars
    ooh I’ve never really considered onion patties before. I’ve had a few vegan patties but I think this is definitely the first I’ve heard of onion patties!

  20. 5 stars
    I do like onion rings for a snack but this is a really great idea for a patty. Love to try them out!

  21. I love trying out new vegan and gluten-free recipes! I bet this is really good and it looks fairly simple to make. My only concern would be the onion taste where it is such a powerful taste.

  22. 5 stars
    Ha-ha! I felt the too-much shedding tears because of chopping the onions! But they look too yummy I would just be ready to shed the tears.

  23. Love the recipe. Also have tried it earlier, but didn’t know how to make it without deep fry. So yes, I need to do it soon.

  24. I love onions. What a great idea to turn them into a patty. I wish I had a no cry chopping method for onions, too. Even when I use a chopper, sometimes the onions are still too strong. I once grabbed my husband’s protective goggles that he uses for the gun range to protect my eyes! Some of those onions really sting!

    1. Chopping onions can be challenging Heidi. I’ve yet to discover a method that completely protects against the sting of the onion – I will try goggles next time. πŸ˜‰

  25. You lost me at chopping onions. I absolutely cannot stand it. Thats one thing I miss about my contacts lens; it served as a buffer when chopping onions.

  26. These looks awesome! As someone who’s been trying to stray away from red meat this looks great!

  27. 5 stars
    Wow, this sounds really great. I love onions. I got no problem replacing my meat with onions actually.. ?

  28. 5 stars
    Onions sounds great for patties too. Love the idea. I used to make mine too but I used shredded banana heart instead.. ?

  29. We have relatives in Italy that are gluten free, so these will go down a treat! I’ll try them out this week.

  30. I usually make them with carrots and without the polenta. I will definitely try this onion variation, looks very nice !

  31. Omg can we say yum?!! I am obsessed with all things Onion. Literally, when I was a kid they were a favorite food of mine. Must try this recipe

  32. These sound really easy to make. I love that it gives me some more vegan options, I already make a great sweet potato burger, this would go great with them

    1. Jill, a sweet potato burger sounds terrific and the onion patties would be a great side for them. Please let me know if you try them. πŸ™‚

  33. These look really good! I am not huge on onions, but it is like an onion ring patty… and I loved onion rings when I could eat gluten! lol Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to try it!

  34. These look delicious and healthy. We’re getting tired of the usual onion rings and thse onion patties would be a great change. Would to try it this weekend. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  35. 5 stars
    I have never had an onion patty but wow this looks good! I love onions so anything onion and I am in!!

  36. 5 stars
    Oh I bet this would really great for a side dish.. It looks and sounds really great. I will really try it..

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