Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers Recipe

The Oklahoma onion burger is one of America’s best regional burgers. This classic diner fare is made from a hamburger patty with a whole lot of sliced onion smashed into the meat. As it cooks, the onions infuse into the meat and the meat juices coat the onions to create one amazing patty of oniony deliciousness!

Our secret ingredient burger sauce makes the perfect addition to these fried onion burgers. It also tastes great as a dip for your fries. We like to serve this Oklahoma fried onion burger recipe with Home Fries and Grilled Corn on the Cob.


For the hamburger

1 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion sliced into thin cut half moon shapes
american cheese sliced
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
salt and pepper
bacon cooked (optional)
pickle chips optional
hamburger buns

For the secret ingredients burger sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp dill pickle juice
1/8 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!