Why is America Obsessed With Oklahoma Onion Burgers?

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Let’s call it a burger’s onion ode, this classic Oklahoman onion burger. Unlike its burger siblings, where onions play an accessory role, here, they are the show-stoppers. They’re thinly sliced, sweated down, and caramelize as they become one with the sizzling beef patty. Add some melted cheese and you’ve got a symphony of flavors that hits all the right notes. 🍔

Tip Top Ingredients

In the making of an Oklahoma onion burger, every ingredient wears the hat of importance. The beef has to be juicy and flavorful, the onions need to be fresh, and the cheese, well, let’s say it’s the binding agent of this delicious mess. The right pick of the bun can elevate this burger to new heights. 🧀🍞

Tip: Use fresh onions and thinly slice them for a better flavor profile.

Process is King

The unique part of this recipe is the process of cooking the beef and onions together. Instead of cooking them separately, they are cooked together, allowing the flavors to meld. The result is an intense flavor punch with every bite. 🥊

Tip: Flatten your beef patty and pile on the onions. They will cook together, creating a flavor-packed patty.

Assembly is not just a gathering of the ingredients. It’s the final step in creating this masterpiece. But beware, once assembled, these burgers tend to disappear in a flash! 🚀

Tip: Go simple on the toppings. Let the onions be the star.

Oklahoma Onion Burger

Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: American


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A classic Oklahoman treat where onions take center stage.


  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced

  • 4 slices of American cheese

  • 4 hamburger buns

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Divide the ground beef into four equal parts and form into thin patties.
  • Season each patty with salt and pepper.
  • Place a handful of thinly sliced onions on each patty and press them into the meat.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the patties onion side down until the onions are caramelized.
  • Flip the patties and cook the other side until done.
  • Place a slice of cheese on each patty and let it melt.
  • Serve on a bun with your favorite condiments.


  • If you like a little crunch in your burger, you can add some lettuce or pickles.
  • For a spicy kick, add some jalapenos.
  • Don’t overcook the patties as they may become dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese?

A: While American cheese is the traditional choice due to its excellent melting properties, you can definitely experiment with other types of cheese. Cheddar or Monterey Jack would be great substitutes.

Q: Can I add other toppings to my burger?

A: Absolutely! While the classic Oklahoma Onion Burger is all about the onion and the beef, feel free to add lettuce, pickles, or any other toppings you prefer. Just remember to let the onions shine.

Q: Can I make this vegetarian?

A: Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of the Oklahoma Onion Burger. Substitute the beef patty with a plant-based patty and follow the rest of the recipe as is. You might also want to check if the cheese you’re using is vegetarian.

Q: Can I freeze the patties for later use?

A: Yes, you can make the patties ahead of time and freeze them. Just make sure to thaw them properly before you start cooking.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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