Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

The tastiest burgers are cooked on a flat-top griddle or in a hot skillet. Unlike a grill, the fat doesn’t drip down into the fire below. Instead, it stays on the burger, keeping it moist. And the added plus of a griddle is that you get that wonderful char. These Oklahoma fried onion burgers would be your standard fantastic griddle burgers, but they have a very tasty twist: onions that are griddled into the patties. The result is divine.
Oklahoma Fried Onion BurgersI use a griddle insert that fits into my Weber charcoal and gas grills to griddle burgers like Oklahoma fried onion burgers. It not only gets super hot, it gets hot consistently across the entire griddle. This ensures that I get nice evenly cooked burgers no matter how many I am cooking at once.

Also try my super-cheesy queso burgers.

Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion peeled, halved, sliced thin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Prepared yellow mustard
  • Pickle slices
  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions

  • Place the onion slices in a large bowl.
  • Toss with 1 teaspoon of salt and let rest for 30 minutes to extract as much liquid out of the onions as possible.
  • Transfer the onions to a towel or a few sheets of paper towels, roll up tightly and squeeze to remove as much liquid as you can.
  • Divide the onion slices into 4 equal piles on a cutting board or flat surface.
  • Divide the beef into 4 patties and form into balls.
  • Place beef on top of the onions and, using the palm of your hand or the bottom of a small skillet, flatten the beef into patties. The onions will stick to the bottom of the patties. That's what you want.
  • Season patties with salt and pepper.
  • Heat up a griddle or cast iron skillet on your stove top or grill over medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter and swirl it around to coat the griddle or skillet.
  • Add the patties, onion side down, and cook for 6-8 minutes. You'll see the onions starting to turn golden brown and get crispy around the sides.
  • Flip and continue cooking until the burgers are done, about 2 more minutes.
  • Top with cheese and remove.
  • Toast the buns, if desired.
  • Add the patties, mayonnaise, mustard, and pickles.

Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These Sriracha bacon onion rings that I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy give new meaning to kicked-up goodness. I mean, come on, what could be better than Sriracha and bacon? Now, these rings don’t get all super crispy like they’ve been deep-fried, but they more than make up for that with flavor. You can’t possibly make enough of these to satisfy your guests.
Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can serve the rings ‘as-is’, or do as I did and mix a few squirts of Sriracha and Ranch dressing together and use that as a dipping sauce. The cool Ranch helps cool off the spicy goodness, but it doesn’t hide it. Heck, I added Sriracha to it so it’s not like it’s wimpy.

You can’t fit a whole bunch of Sriracha bacon onion rings on the standard basket that comes with your Big Easy. To really make a batch, you’ll need the Big Easy cooking rack available from Char-Broil. It adds a lot of cooking room. You can read my evaluation of the rack by clicking here.

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Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

In order to cook the full recipe amount below you'll need the Big Easy cooking rack. Otherwise, you'll have to divide the recipe up. Or at least use a Big Easy Bunk Bed basket to double the amount you can cook at once.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 -16 rings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large Vidalia onions
  • Sriracha sauce
  • 8 slices good bacon

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Slice the onion into thick 'steaks' about 1/2" thick.
  • Push out the inner rings (save for another use), leaving the last two outer rings still together as one. Do not separate them. Note: If the rings are particularly thick then you can separate them as cook them as single rings.
  • Squeeze some Sriracha into a bowl that's just big enough to fit an onion ring.
  • Place the ring into the sauce. Using your fingers, spread the sauce all over the ring. Flip the onion and repeat. Get it coated, but not drenched.
  • Wrap bacon around the rings. Don't wrap too tightly since the bacon will shrink. Don't wrap it too loose or it'll fall off.
  • Brush (or just use your fingers) more Sriracha on the outside of the bacon.
  • Place the rings on your Big Easy rack and lower into the Big Easy.
  • Cook the rings until the bacon just starts to crisp. Gently flip them and cook another 10-15 minutes. Remove to a baking sheet and let firm up a bit.

Jersey City Hot Dog

I love a good hot dog. Easy to make, fun to eat. Stuff has to fall off while you’re eating it. That’s the sign of a great hot dog (actually, it’s the sign of good food, period). This Jersey City hot dog combines some of the best things you can have: spicy BBQ sauce, smoked bacon, onion, and of course… cheese. A little crunch and a little kick. Perfect!

Jersey City Hot DogI used some of my homemade applewood-smoked maple bacon on these Jersey City dogs. Wow, what a great combination of flavors. Don’t skimp on the bacon. Life’s too short for tasteless cheap bacon. I didn’t go wimpy on the BBQ sauce. Nope, I used my favorite Bayou BBQ Cajun sauce from Frog Bone. It’s a nice thin sauce with great spice and kick.

Also try my Memphis-style BBQ hot dogs.

Jersey City Hot Dog

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Spicy BBQ Sauce I used Frog Bone Bayou BBQ Cajun Sauce
  • Shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • White onion chopped
  • Cooked bacon crumbled or chopped

Instructions

  • Cook or grill your dogs as desired.
  • Warm buns.
  • Add dogs to buns and top with BBQ sauce and cheese. Place under broiler just long enough to melt the cheese.
  • Add the onion and bacon and serve.