Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

How to make Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers


– 1 large white onion, halved and sliced as thin as possible

– 12 oz 80% lean ground beef

– 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

– 4 slices American cheese

– 4 brioche hamburger buns, buttered and lightly toasted


– 1/2 cup mayo

– 3 tablespoon ketchup

– 2 tablespoons mustard

– Salt, to taste

– 1/4 cup dill pickles, diced

– 1 shallot, diced

– 1 tablespoon pickle juice

– Dash of hot sauce


– Using a paper towel, brush vegetable oil onto a large cast iron skillet or griddle. Heat over high heat until smoking lightly.

– Form beef into four 3 oz balls. Press balls of beef down into skillet or griddle with an offset spatula, using the flat-edge of a second spatula to press the first spatula down until you can flatten meat no more. Season beef liberally with salt and pepper. (If using a skillet, work in batches and cook only 2 patties at a time.)

– Working quickly, arrange onions evenly over patties and press down with spatula to embed onions in meat. Let cook undisturbed until burgers are well-browned, about 2 minutes.

– Carefully flip burgers over so onions are now on the bottom and let cook until onions start to soften, about 1 minute.

– Top with cheese and top bun. Place bottom bun upside-down on the top bun so it can steam in the onion flavor.

– Once buns have softened, transfer bottom buns to a plate. Lift onions, burger, and top bun together and transfer to bottom bun. Serve with special sauce and enjoy!

– To make special sauce, stir together all sauce ingredients and chill 30 minutes.

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