Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers



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 garnishing

4 toasted hamburger buns


In a bowl, mix the onion slices with 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Transfer the onions onto a clean dish towel. Bundle the towel and squeeze out as much moisture from the onions as possible. This might yield a lot of liquid, so it's advisable to do it over a sink or bowl.

Lay the dehydrated onions into 4 separate mounds on a baking sheet.

Shape the beef into 4 loosely packed balls. Position these balls atop the onion mounds. Press down on the beef firmly using your palm, ensuring the onions stick to the beef, forming patties of about 4 inches in diameter. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.

In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter and vegetable oil over medium heat.

Carefully transfer the patties to the skillet with the onion side facing down. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the onions achieve a rich golden brown color and start to crisp on the edges.

Flip the burgers over. Turn up the heat to high and cook the other side until it gets a nice brown color, roughly around 2 minutes.

Lay 1 or 2 slices of cheese on each burger and let it melt.

To assemble, spread mayo, mustard, and pickles on the upper half of the toasted buns. Place the burgers on the bottom half of the buns and cap them with the top half.

Serve hot and enjoy your Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers!