Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers are a classic regional specialty known for their flavorful combination of onions and ground beef. Here’s a simple recipe for you to make these delicious burgers at home:


For the burger patties:

  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean is a good choice)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the onion mixture:

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Additional ingredients:

  • American cheese slices
  • Burger buns
  • Mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise (optional, for serving)


  1. Prepare the Onion Mixture:
  • Thinly slice the onions and place them in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle salt over the sliced onions and let them sit for about 15-20 minutes. The salt will help draw out excess moisture from the onions.
  1. Cook the Onions:
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Squeeze out excess moisture from the salted onions and add them to the hot skillet. Cook the onions until they are caramelized and golden brown. This may take about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  1. Prepare the Burger Patties:
  • Divide the ground beef into equal portions and form them into thin patties. Season each patty with salt and pepper.
  1. Assemble the Burgers:
  • Place a portion of the caramelized onions on top of each patty while it’s cooking on the first side.
  • Once the first side is cooked, flip the patty so that the onions are now on the bottom and cook until the burger is done to your liking.
  1. Add Cheese:
  • Place a slice of American cheese on each patty and allow it to melt.
  1. Serve:
  • Toast the burger buns and assemble the burgers. Optionally, add mustard, ketchup, or mayonnaise according to your preference.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Serve the Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers hot, and enjoy the flavorful combination of caramelized onions and juicy beef.

These burgers are known for their unique cooking method, where the onions are pressed into the meat to create a deliciously crispy exterior. Feel free to customize the toppings to suit your taste.

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