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Cheesy Onion Beer Bread

It’s bread made with BEER! This beer bread is soft on the inside with a nice crunchy crust. Add a little onion and some cheese and you have a perfect loaf of bread for any occasion.

Beer bread with cheese and green onions on a wooden cutting board with several slices cut.

Beer bread is one of those items I used to buy from specialty food stores. We ate it often, too! I couldn’t resist that mild yeast flavor and all the good things that would come baked inside it.

Cheese and onion beer bread was always my favorite. We ordered it so often that I googled the recipe out of curiosity.

Scanning the simple ingredients list I realized just how easy it would be to make it home . . .for WAY less money! 

What is Beer Bread 

This is one of my all time favorite ways to make bread. I love my Homemade White Bread, too, but sometimes I want something a little with a little extra flavor.

This is also a much heartier bread that I like pairing with soups and stews

Beer Bread is Made Without Yeast

If you can’t find yeast but do have a can or two of beer in the fridge, beer bread is the answer! The yeast in the beer gives the bread dough a “rise”, no proofing required. 

It puffs up nicely while it cooks and a slice of this spread with butter is the highlight of the day anytime I make it! 

The first time I made this bread, I used a can of beer we’d had in the fridge for months after a party. If you’re not a fan of beer or don’t keep it in the house, it’s definitely worth picking up a can or bottle to make this.

A can of beer being poured into a bowl of ingredients to make beer bread.

It doesn’t have to be the nice fancy craft beer either. 

Any cheap beer from the convenience store will do! If you end up with beer in the fridge that you don’t love to drink, make this bread with it instead. (Then pour yourself a glass of something you like to go with it!) 

In a pinch, you can also use a can of Sprite, but the bread WILL be a little more dense.

No Knead Bread Recipe

Another thing to love about beer bread? You don’t have to knead the dough or wait hours for it to rise! 

Impatient bakers of the world rejoice. With a good beer bread recipe you can have fresh bread in  just about an hour from start to finish. That’s right, NO KNEADING and NO RISE TIME! Woo hoo! 

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One more thing: 

The bread won’t taste like beer, but it will give it a distinct mildly malty flavor that my husband and I enjoy.

With a little sugar in the dough, it has a slight sweetness to it as well (but it’s not a sweet bread, especially with the savory additions of cheese and onion).

I usually make my beer bread plain without any mix-ins or extras and it’s always delicious.

Add cheese and onions

This time though we kicked things up a notch with some cheddar cheese and green onion added to the mix. Oh my. These flavors were the perfect addition!

So much better than the cheddar cheese beer bread I used to buy all those years ago. 

Now that I’ve had success with Cheese and Green Onion Beer Bread, I’m envisioning other great flavors as well. . . stay tuned and, in the mean time, make yourself a loaf or two of this amazing bread! 

Step by step photo collage showing how to make beer bread.

What you’ll Need

Here’s what you need to make this Cheesy Beer Bread:

{Ingredients at a glance; scroll down for amounts and full recipe}

  • Beer
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onion
  • Melted butter

How to Make Beer Bread 

STEP 1. In large mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cheese and green onions. Using as few strokes as possible, mix in the beer until moistened.

STEP 2. Pour thick batter into a greased loaf pan. Drizzle melted butter over the top.

STEP 3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 50 minutes. Remove and cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

Beer bread tastes delicious plain OR spread with a little warm butter. 

Sliced beer bread on a wooden cutting board slathered in butter.

Variations 

This bread recipe is the ideal starting point for so many delicious spins on beer bread. Here are a couple to get you started: 

  • Jalapeno Cheese beer bread: omit the green onion and replace with 2 seeded and diced jalapenos. Delicious with chili!
  • Garlic Herb Beer Bread: Omit the onion and add a teaspoon each of Italian seasonings and garlic powder to the bread batter! 
  • 7-Up Bread:  Don’t have beer or prefer not to use it? I’ve occasionally substituted 7-Up soda with decent results! It is much denser since it doesn’t “rise” the same way bread with beer will since there’s no yeast but it still tastes good! If using 7-up, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe by 2 tablespoons. 
Bread with cheese and onions in a metal bread pan cooling on a wire rack.

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Yield: 10 servings

Cheesy Onion Beer Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

It's bread made with BEER! This beer bread is soft on the inside with a nice crunchy crust. Add a little onion and some cheese and you have a perfect loaf of bread for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 12 oz beer
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. In large mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cheese and green onions. Using as few strokes as possible, mix in the beer until moistened.
  2. Pour thick batter into a greased loaf pan. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 50 minutes. Remove and cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 592mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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You’re going to love this recipe! Skip the yeast, the kneading and the rising of most homemade breads and enjoy a slice of this cheesy onion beer bread in less than an hour.

Aimee

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Posted on May 17, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hello Aimee,
    I enjoyed using this recipe today, though I did make some changes. Firstly, I am not into beer, AT ALL, so I used the same measurement of tonic water. Next, I used more cheese, about 2 cups. And lastly, to jazz things up a bit, I added more sugar (1 tbsp), black pepper (1/2 tsp.) and cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp.) to the flour. The bread was ABSOLUTELY scrumptious! Will definitely be using this recipe again!
    Appreciate the sharing!!!

  2. My house smells heavenly, as we wait to take this bread out of the oven! I paired it with a beef barley soup!
    OMG!!!!!!! I just took my first bite and am in heaven!!! So easy to make and it tastes amazing!!!! Thank you for the recipes!!!!!!

  3. This recipe is really good. I subbed pepper jack cheese to spice things up a bit. I followed the directions, cooking time and everything came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. How much is 12oz beer in liquid measure. I’m not American. Can you put this in millilitres or fluid ounces? Your measurements are different to mine. Thanks.

  5. Normally I do not learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so!

  6. I tried this today without the onions and it was delicious! I was a faithful TS Beer Bread buyer but this was so simple, cheap and easy. I will never have to wait again. Thank you very much.

    1. Don’t tell the Tastefully Simple consultants!! Actually one of my good friends is a TS seller and she knows already! Glad you enjoyed the bread.

  7. Yummy! And really simple to make, a fun idea which I’m going to try and make next weekend for a little get together.

  8. As for the kind of beer to use, I usually use an amber or light variety. I haven’t used anything dark, but you could certainly try.

  9. Does it matter what kind of beer you use? I have stone IPA at the house right now.. Not sure if that has too strong of a taste. What do you think?

  10. This looks delicious and simple to make. Two important factors in my book! 🙂 I pinned this on my recipes to try board.

  11. yum! looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    -Nikki
    Chef in Training
    http://www.chef-in-training.com

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