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Think all burgers have to be grilled outside? Branch out from the basic burger with this Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger. These juicy burgers feature caramelized onions, a secret sauce, and are cooked over a skillet or griddle.
Juicy, easy to make, and delicious, the key to these sweet burgers is the onions. All you need to make these burgers is a skillet or a hot griddle and a few simple ingredients.
Sometimes the easiest things to cook are the tastiest, and the ones your family will request the most. When you typically think of burgers you probably think of barbecues, summertime, and standing over a grill. Not these burgers! Enjoy your burgers year-round with this recipe.
Don’t forget the secret ingredient burger sauce. Not only can you put the sauce on your burger, but it also tastes great as a dip for your fries. Serve your burgers with french fries, tater tots, fried pickles, coleslaw, or corn on the cob.
Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger Ingredients
- Ground beef - ground chuck, or another ground meat such as ground venison
- Yellow onion - sliced into thin cut half-moon shapes
- Cheese - sliced American Cheese
- Oil - vegetable oil
- Pepper - ground black pepper
- Bacon - cooked bacon, optional
- Pickles - pickle chips, optional
- Hamburger Buns - toasted or un-toasted
- Garlic powder
- Ground red pepper
- Mustard - yellow mustard
- Pickle juice - dill pickle juice
There are generally three different types of ground beef, from basic ground beef which has the highest percentage of fat, to ground sirloin with the lowest. Right in the middle is ground chuck, which is tender, juicy, has great flavor and is perfect for this recipe. If you prefer not to use ground beef you could use other ground meats instead, such as ground turkey.
What’s a burger without toppings? Top your burger with American cheese, cheddar cheese, or whatever sliced cheese you prefer. Cooked bacon is a delicious addition to any burgers, as are dill pickles. You could also serve pickle spears on the side. If you want to toast your hamburger buns, butter the buns and toast them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Remember to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
The recipe calls for yellow onions, but you could use other varieties as well. Yellow onions are a good all-around onion and they work well for caramelizing. White onions are slightly sweeter than yellow onions and a bit milder. Red onions can have a spicy to mild flavor and their color will fade when cooked.
How to Make Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger
FIRST STEP: In a small bowl combine all Secret Ingredient Sauce ingredients. Use a small whisk to combine. Set aside.
SECOND STEP: In a large skillet over medium heat add vegetable oil and onions. Stir to coat onions in oil.
THIRD STEP: Divide ground beef into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a ball and then use your hands to flatten it into a patty. Season both sides of hamburger patties with salt and pepper.
FOURTH STEP: Place the hamburger patties directly on top of the onions. Push down with your spatula to press the hamburgers and onions together.
FIFTH STEP: Let cook until browned on one side. Flip over and let cook until browned on the other side.
SIXTH STEP: Remove the hamburger and onions from the skillet and place them on the bottom buns.
SEVENTH STEP: Add a slice of American cheese, and spread the Secret Ingredient Sauce on the top bun. Add optional bacon and pickles if using them.
EIGHTH STEP: Serve and enjoy!
Do I have to use yellow onions?
You can use yellow, white, red, or any other type of onion. Yellow onions work well for caramelizing and are a good all-around onion. White onions are a bit milder than yellow onions and they are also slightly sweeter. Red onions can have a spicy to mild flavor.
How do you toast hamburger buns?
Butter the buns and toast them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on the hamburger buns to make sure they don’t burn.
Can I freeze Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers?
Cooked burgers freeze well. Wrap cooked hamburger patties in foil or plastic wrap and place them into an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to three months.
Storing Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers
IN THE REFRIGERATOR: Keep leftover burger patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Reheat your burger thoroughly before serving on a fresh hamburger bun.
IN THE FREEZER: Leftover hamburger patties can be wrapped in foil or plastic wrap and placed in an airtight container. Burger patties can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Defrost in the refrigerator before reheating and serving.
Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger
For the hamburger
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 yellow onion sliced into thin cut half moon shapes
- american cheese sliced
- ½ tbsp vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- bacon cooked optional
- pickle chips optional
- hamburger buns
For the secret ingredients burger sauce
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ⅛ cup ketchup
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp ground red pepper
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp yellow mustard
- ½ tsp dill pickle juice
- ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
- In a small bowl combine all secret ingredient burger sauce ingredients. Use a small whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat add vegetable oil and onions. Stir to coat onions in oil.
- Divide ground beef into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a ball and then use your hands to flatten into a patty. Season both sides of hamburger patties with salt and pepper.
- Place the hamburger patties directly on top of the onions. Push down with your spatula to press the hamburgers and onions together.
- Let cook until browned on one side. Flip over and let cook until browned on the other side.
- Remove the hamburger and onions from the skillet and place on the bottom buns.
- Add a slice of american cheese, and spread the secret ingredient burger sauce on the top bun. Add optional bacon and pickles if using them.
- Serve and enjoy!