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Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers.
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5 from 9 votes

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers are incredibly easy to make and insanely delicious. The key to making these mouth-watering burgers featured in Cooks Country is to smash thinly sliced onions into the ground beef before cooking. The result is golden caramelized onions embedded a perfectly cooked burger! 
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Burgers
Calories: 432kcal


  • 1 large onion, cut in half (pole to pole) and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) 93% lean ground beef (See Tip 1)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese or American cheese (See Tip 2)
  • 4 hamburger buns, lightly buttered and toasted
  • Toppings of your choice (See Tip 3)


  • Toss onions with 1 teaspoon of salt. Place in wire mesh strainer set over a bowl. Allow to drain for 30 minutes. Transfer onions to clean dish towel and squeeze dry.
  • Divide onion mixture into 4 separate piles on rimmed baking sheet. Form beef into 4 lightly packed balls; place on top of onion piles. Flatten beef firmly so the onion adheres, and the patties measure 4 inches in diameter.
  • Melt the butter with oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Using spatula, carefully transfer the patties to the skillet, onion side down. Cook until the onions are golden brown and begin to crisp around edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully flip the burgers. Increase the heat to high and cook the burgers until well browned on the second side, 2 to 3 minutes. Place 1 slice of cheese on each bottom bun. Place the burgers on buns, onion side up. Add desired toppings and serve.
  • Yield: 4 Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers.


  1. Although I used 93% lean ground beef with a 7% fat content, you can use ground beef up to 80% lean with a 20% fat content. The more fat content, the crispier the burgers will be.
  2. In general, American cheese will melt better than Cheddar cheese. However, both cheeses are delicious on this burger.
  3. I like to keep my toppings relatively simple. However, feel free to load this burger up to your liking, e.g., mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, etc.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 4.4mg