Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Dive into the flavors of Oklahoma with our traditional Fried Onion Burger recipe! An irresistible blend of beef and thinly sliced onions, this burger is a must-try for those seeking the authentic Oklahoma culinary experience.


  • 2 large Vidalia onions, thinly sliced (White onions can also be used)
  • 1 pound of 80/20 certified angus beef, divided into 4 portions
  • Salt, to taste
  • Kerrygold butter, for frying
  • 4 burger buns
  • Cheese slices (optional)
  • Special Sauce: A mix of French onion dip, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce


  1. Prep Your Onions: After thinly slicing your onions, place them in a colander. Sprinkle salt generously over them. This helps in drawing out the moisture. Let them sit for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Dry the Onions: Transfer the salted onions onto a clean towel to absorb any remaining moisture. Set aside.
  3. Shape Your Beef: Divide your beef into roughly 4 equal portions. Shape each into balls that are about the size of a small baseball. Keep aside.
  4. Heat Up Your Skillet: Place a large skillet (a 20-inch skillet if you have one) on the stove and heat it up. Drop in a generous amount of Kerrygold butter and let it melt, coating the skillet.
  5. Cook the Beef: Once the skillet is hot, carefully place your beef balls onto the skillet. Press down on the beef balls to flatten them using a burger press or the back of a spatula. Fry them for about 30-40 seconds on one side.
  6. Layer Onions: Now, layer the thinly sliced onions over the beef patties. The aim is to cover the beef with onions generously. Let the beef and onions cook together for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Flip and Cook: Carefully place your spatula under the beef (grabbing some onions with it) and flip the beef so that the onions are now on the bottom side. Press down slightly to ensure the onions and beef meld together. Let this side cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the onions are caramelized and the beef is cooked to your liking.
  8. Steamed Bun Magic: Place the bottom half of your burger buns on top of the cooking patties, ensuring the inside of the bun faces the beef. This allows the bun to soak in the wonderful juices and flavors from the onion and beef. After a minute, remove the buns and set them aside.
  9. Final Touches: If you’re using cheese, now’s the time to place a slice on each patty. Let it melt slightly.
  10. Assemble the Burger: Spread a generous amount of your special sauce on the bottom bun, then place your beef-onion patty (with the onions on the bottom). Top with the other half of the bun.
  11. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your Fried Onion Burger hot, preferably with a side of crispy fries or a fresh salad.

Pro Tip: The key to a great Fried Onion Burger is ensuring your onions are sliced paper-thin and removing as much moisture as possible. This provides a wonderful texture and flavor to the burger.

Enjoy a taste of Oklahoma in the comfort of your home with this Fried Onion Burger. It’s more than just a meal; it’s an experience!

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