Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger

“My Mommy used to make this all the time but I haven’t had it in years!! I still love it as much as I used to. Will definitely be serving this again!”

1 large onion peeled, halved, and 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


Prepping the Onions: In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced onion and 1 teaspoon of salt. Toss the mixture thoroughly. Transfer the seasoned onions into a colander and let them sit for about 30 minutes, occasionally tossing. After the wait, place the onions onto a clean dish towel. Gather the edges of the towel, and over a sink or a large bowl, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Expect a good amount of liquid to be released.
Preparing the Patties: On a rimmed baking sheet, separate the squeezed onions into 4 distinct mounds. Take the ground beef and divide it into 4 lightly packed balls. Place each ball on top of the onion mounds. Firmly flatten the beef using the palm of your hand ensuring that the onions adhere to the beef, producing patties about 4 inches in diameter. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper.
Cooking: In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter with the vegetable oil over medium heat. Once hot, use a large spatula to carefully transfer the beef patties into the skillet, making sure the onion side faces down. Let them cook for 6-8 minutes or until the onions take on a deep golden brown hue and display a slight crispiness around the edges. Flip the burgers to cook the other side. Now, crank up the heat to high and let the burgers cook for about 2 more minutes, until they are well browned.
Final Touch: Add 1 or 2 slices of American cheese to each burger, allowing the cheese to melt smoothly over the meat. While the cheese melts, spread mayo, mustard, and pickles on the top halves of your toasted buns.
Serving: Once ready, place each burger with its melted cheese on the bottom half of a bun. Cap it with the top half, ensuring the spread and pickles sandwich the burger. Serve hot and enjoy your Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers!
Tip: Pair with a side of crispy fries or a fresh salad for a complete meal.