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
FOR THE SPECIAL SAUCE:
– 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.