Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Based on a recipe from Taste of Home


  • 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


  • 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.