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Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

close up shot of Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers with melted cheese on a plate
These Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers consists of a juicy burger patty and caramelized onions combine to create a taste sensation that’s made extra special by the addition of the secret recipe burger sauce.
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  1. INGREDIENTS FOR OKLAHOMA FRIED ONION BURGERS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS OKLAHOMA FRIED ONION BURGERS RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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The Oklahoma onion burger is one of America’s best regional burgers. This classic diner fare is made from a hamburger patty with a whole lot of sliced onion smashed into the meat. As it cooks, the onions infuse into the meat and the meat juices coat the onions to create one amazing patty of oniony deliciousness!

Our secret ingredient burger sauce makes the perfect addition to these fried onion burgers. It also tastes great as a dip for your fries. We like to serve this Oklahoma fried onion burger recipe with Home Fries and Grilled Corn on the Cob.

close up shot of Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers with melted cheese on a plate

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INGREDIENTS FOR OKLAHOMA FRIED ONION BURGERS

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You will need:

FOR THE HAMBURGER

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into thin cut half-moon shapes
  • Sliced American cheese
  • ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooked bacon, optional
  • Pickle chips, optional
  • Hamburger buns

FOR THE SECRET INGREDIENT BURGER SAUCE

  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • ⅛ cup of ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground red pepper 
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon of dill pickle juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground black pepper

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GROUND BEEF: Other ground meats such as lamb or venison could be used instead of beef if you prefer

SLICED AMERICAN CHEESE: Don’t like American cheese?Try cheddar cheese slices instead

BACON: Fried bacon goes well with almost all burgers and the Oklahoma burger is no exception

DILL PICKLES: Add a few dill pickles to each burger for an extra tangy taste. Or don’t. Pickles aren’t for everyone.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS OKLAHOMA FRIED ONION BURGERS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Make the burger sauce by whisking together all the secret burger sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers process shot of sauce ingredients being whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and sliced onion. Stir.

STEP THREE: Divide the ground beef into four equal parts. Roll each part into a ball and then use your hands to flatten it into a patty. Season both sides of hamburger patties with salt and pepper.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers process shot of beef balls flattened into burgers and seasoned on a plate

STEP FOUR: Place the hamburger patties directly on top of the onions in the skillet. Apply pressure with your spatula to press the hamburgers and onions together.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers process shot of raw burgers laid on top of onions on a skillet

STEP FIVE: Cook the burgers until browned on one side, then flip and cook until brown on the other side. Remove from the skillet.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers process shot after burgers are cooked in a skillet

STEP SIX: Build the burgers with the bottom bun, burger and onions, cheese, secret sauce and finally the top bun.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers process shot of bun being assembled on a plate

STEP SEVEN: Add optional bacon and pickles if using them.

STEP EIGHT: Serve and enjoy!

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Oklahoma onion burger patties can be refrigerated and eaten up to 24 hours after cooking. Be sure to heat your burger thoroughly before placing it into a fresh bun.

IN THE FREEZER: Cooked Oklahoma onion burger patties freeze well, maintaining their flavor for up to three months. Wrap carefully in foil or Saran wrap, before placing into an airtight container. Defrost in the refrigerator before reheating.

close up shot of Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers raw and laid on top of onions on a skillet

Some of the most famous fried onion burgers come from Sid’s Diner in El Reno, Oklahoma. But before you jump in the car and for an epic road trip, be sure to give this homemade Oklahoma burger recipe a try. We’re sure that you won’t be disappointed.

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close up shot of Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers with melted cheese on a plate

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

5 from 3 votes
These Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers consists of a juicy burger patty and caramelized onions combine to create a taste sensation that’s made extra special by the addition of the secret recipe burger sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the hamburger

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion sliced into thin cut half moon shapes
  • american cheese sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • bacon cooked (optional)
  • pickle chips optional
  • hamburger buns

For the secret ingredients burger sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dill pickle juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl combine all secret ingredient burger sauce ingredients. Use a small whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add vegetable oil and onions. Stir to coat onions in oil.
  • Divide ground beef into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a ball and then use your hands to flatten into a patty. Season both sides of hamburger patties with salt and pepper.
  • Place the hamburger patties directly on top of the onions. Push down with your spatula to press the hamburgers and onions together.
  • Let cook until browned on one side. Flip over and let cook until browned on the other side.
  • Remove the hamburger and onions from the skillet and place on the bottom buns.
  • Add a slice of american cheese, and spread the secret ingredient burger sauce on the top bun. Add optional bacon and pickles if using them.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Fantastic, easy recipe. My husband and I devoured the two we made and wished we had made more! Great recipe!

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