Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers


  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Butter, for toasting the buns
  • Pickles, for serving (optional)
  • Mustard, for serving (optional)


  1. Prepare the Onions:
    • Thinly slice the onion using a mandoline or a sharp knife. The slices should be very thin, almost translucent.

  1. Form the Burger Patties:
    • Divide the ground beef into four equal portions (about 4 ounces each). Roll each portion into a ball.
    • Place the balls of beef on a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap, then flatten them into thin patties using your hands or a burger press.
  2. Cook the Onions and Patties:
    • Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat until it’s very hot.
    • Season the patties with salt and pepper on one side.
    • Place a small mound of sliced onions on the hot skillet, then immediately place a beef patty on top of the onions, seasoned side down. Use a spatula to press the beef patty down firmly so it adheres to the onions.
    • Season the top side of the patties with salt and pepper.
    • Cook the patties for about 2-3 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the onions are caramelized.
  3. Flip and Add Cheese:
    • Carefully flip the patties over so that the onions are now on top.
    • Place a slice of American cheese on each patty and let it melt, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Toast the Buns:
    • While the burgers are cooking, butter the hamburger buns and toast them in a separate skillet or on the griddle until golden brown.

  1. Assemble the Burgers:
    • Place each patty with onions and melted cheese on the bottom half of a toasted bun.
    • Add pickles and mustard, if desired.
    • Top with the other half of the bun.
  2. Serve:
    • Serve the Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers hot with your favorite sides.


  • Thinly slicing the onions is key to getting the right texture and flavor. They should be almost paper-thin.
  • Pressing the beef into the onions helps the flavors meld together and ensures the onions stay attached to the patty.
  • Using a cast-iron skillet provides the best results for a nice, even sear and caramelization.

Enjoy your homemade Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers!

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