Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Who doesn’t love onion rings or bacon?  These Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings are a fun Father’s Day side dish that combines both for a flavor sensation that will knock dad’s socks off. Then just to kick it up a notch, glaze the bacon with maple syrup!  Insanely good! 

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Platter of glazed bacon wrapped onion rings arranged around a bowl of creamy, ranch dressing.

Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

I could not believe my eyes the first time I saw bacon-wrapped onion rings. I was at a tailgating event in Louisiana and a group was serving them as appetizers. Well one bite, and I was hooked. The combination of the sweet, soft onion, the savory breading, and then crispy bacon wrapped all around it was incredible. Come on! The flavor combination was insane!

So when I made them the first time at home, I wanted to use frozen onion rings, because I’m kinda lazy, and frozen onion rings are delicious. I also wanted to glaze the outside, which got me thinking, “What’s easier than maple syrup?”  It also goes great with bacon!

Ingredients Needed

  • Frozen onion rings – I like the breaded rather than batter-dipped. I found that the batter-dipped onion rings got slimy beneath the bacon. Any kind of frozen onion rings will work.
  • Bacon – Use a regular cut or thin cut. Thick-cut bacon doesn’t get crispy enough in the oven.
  • Maple syrup – Use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup. You could also use honey as a glaze. For a spicy kick, the hot honey would be delicious.

Plack plate of glazed bacon wrapped onion rings.

Tips For Making This Fun Father’s Day Side Dish

  • Use the big onion rings in the bag. Buy two bags if you need to. The smaller onion rings or the thick ones are harder to wrap with the bacon.
  • Use regular sliced bacon or even thin sliced bacon. You want the outside to get beautifully crisp.
  • A silicone pastry brush is the best way to get a thin, even coating of the syrup on the bacon.
  • For a crunchy, salty bite, lightly sprinkle the glazed onion rings with coarse sea salt before baking them. Don’t use too much salt because the bacon is salty as well.

Black plate of glazed bacon wrapped onion rings.

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These Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings make a fun Father’s Day side dish with all of the flavors and textures that Dad loves – sweet, salty, crunchy, savory.  It makes a great side dish or appetizer.



1 (16-ounce) package frozen onion rings

1 pound bacon

½ cup maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

Wrap 2 slices of bacon through the middle of each onion ring and wrap around the onion ring.

Place on the baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining onion rings and bacon.

Pour the maple syrup into a small bowl.  Set aside.

Bake in the preheated oven until the bacon is almost fully cooked – about 20 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven.  Using a pastry brush, carefully brush each onion ring with maple syrup.  Use tongs to flip each onion ring and glaze the other side.  

Return to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes until the glaze is dried and shiny.

Serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fun Father's Day side dish, onion ring recipe, appetizers, Game day recipes, side dish, glazed bacon wrapped onion rings

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