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Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

A Symphony of Beef and Onion: The Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger

This recipe isn't your ordinary burger. It's an Oklahoma staple, a flavor explosion waiting to happen in every bite. Imagine a juicy ground beef patty infused with the caramelized sweetness of thinly sliced onions. This recipe unlocks the secret to this delicious burger, as featured in Cooks Country!

The Secret Ingredient:

The key to this burger's magic lies in the onions. Thinly sliced onions are not just added on top; they are strategically smashed into the ground beef before cooking. This creates a beautiful intermingling of flavors and textures. As the burger cooks, the onions caramelize, adding a touch of sweetness and a delightful crunch to the juicy patty.

Easy Does It:

Despite its impressive flavor, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make. With a handful of ingredients and a simple technique, you can create restaurant-worthy burgers in your own kitchen.


  • The Onion Star:

    • 1 Large Onion - Thinly sliced, these onions are the secret weapon of this burger.
  • The Beef Base:

    • 1 Lb Ground Beef - Choose a good quality ground beef for the best flavor and texture.
  • The Cooking Companions:

    • 1 Tbsp Butter - Adds richness to the cooking process and helps caramelize the onions.
    • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil - Provides a higher smoke point for cooking the burgers.
  • The Classic Toppings:

    • 4-8 Slices American Cheese - Classic American cheese melts beautifully and adds a creamy richness to the burger. Feel free to experiment with other cheeses if desired.
    • Mayo, Mustard, and Pickles (for serving) - These classic burger toppings allow for customization to your taste preferences.
  • The Buns:

    • 4 Hamburger Buns - Toasted hamburger buns provide the perfect base for your delicious creation.

Step-by-Step Guide to Burger Bliss:

  1. Taming the Onions: Begin by thinly slicing your large onion. In a bowl, toss the onions with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let the onions sit for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. This helps draw out some of the moisture, preventing the burgers from becoming soggy.

  2. Squeezing Out the Excess: After 30 minutes, transfer the onions to a clean dish towel. Gather the edges of the towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the onions. Discard the released liquid.

  3. Building the Burger Foundation: Divide the softened onions into 4 equal mounds on a baking sheet. Form the ground beef into 4 loosely packed balls. Gently press each beef ball onto a mound of onions.

  4. Flattening for Flavor: Using your palm, firmly flatten the beef patties, ensuring the onions adhere evenly to the meat. The patties should measure about 4 inches in diameter. Season the flattened patties generously with salt and pepper.

  5. Melting Magic: In a large skillet, melt the butter with vegetable oil over medium heat. Carefully transfer the patties to the skillet, onion side down.

  6. Caramelizing to Perfection: Cook the burgers for 6-8 minutes, allowing the onions to caramelize and turn a deep golden brown with crispy edges.

  7. The Flip Side: Once the onions are beautifully caramelized, use a large spatula to carefully flip the burgers. Increase the heat to high and cook for an additional 2 minutes to brown the other side.

  8. Cheese Heaven (Optional): Add your desired amount of cheese to each burger and let it melt for a few seconds.

  9. Building Your Masterpiece: While the cheese melts, spread your favorite condiments (mayo, mustard, pickles) on the toasted buns.

  10. The Grand Finale: Carefully transfer the cooked burgers to the bottom buns, top them with the cheese-covered tops, and devour your delicious creation!