Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

These iconic Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers are a savory treat, marrying the sweetness of caramelized onions with the juiciness of beef. Topped with melty American cheese and classic condiments, they’re a must-try for any burger aficionado.


  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4-8 slices American cheese
  • Mayo, mustard, and pickles for serving
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Prepare Onions: Mix onion slices with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let them sit in a colander for 30 minutes, occasionally tossing. Then, using a clean towel, squeeze out the excess liquid.
  2. Form Patties: On a baking sheet, create 4 onion mounds. Shape beef into 4 balls and press onto the onions, making 4-inch patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook Burgers: Melt butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place patties onion side down, cooking 6-8 minutes until onions are golden. Flip, increase heat, and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Cheese and Serve: Add cheese slices to each burger, let melt. Dress buns with mayo, mustard, and pickles. Assemble burgers and serve immediately.