Oklahoma fried onion burgers


In the land where the wind dances through the wheat fields and the sunsets paint the sky in a vibrant canvas of oranges and purples, there exists a culinary masterpiece born from the heart of Oklahoma – the Fried Onion Burger. This humble yet extraordinary creation embodies the spirit of the Great Plains, combining simple ingredients with a dash of ingenuity. It’s a burger that tells a story, a tale of hardworking folks, community, and a love for hearty, flavorful food. So, let’s embark on a culinary journey to craft this Oklahoma classic, where the crispy allure of fried onions meets the juicy embrace of a perfectly seasoned beef patty. Prepare your apron, for we’re about to create a burger that’ll make your taste buds sing and your soul dance.

Ingredients: For the Beef Patty:

  1. 1 pound of ground beef (80% lean)
  2. Salt and pepper to taste
  3. 4 slices of American cheese
  4. 4 hamburger buns

For the Fried Onions:

  1. 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 teaspoon paprika
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Vegetable oil for frying

Step by Step:

  1. Prep the Onions: Begin by slicing the onions into thin rings. Separate the rings and set them aside.
  2. Season the Beef: Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty, about 1/4-inch thick. Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
  3. Create the Onion Coating: In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, paprika, salt, and pepper. Toss the sliced onions in this mixture until they’re well coated.
  4. Fry the Onions: In a deep skillet or frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Test the oil’s readiness by dropping a small piece of onion into the oil – if it sizzles, it’s ready. Carefully add the coated onion rings to the hot oil, frying them until they’re golden brown and crispy. Remove the fried onions and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  5. Cook the Patties: In the same pan, with a bit of the remaining oil, cook the beef patties. Depending on your preference, cook them to your desired level of doneness – whether it’s medium-rare, medium, or well-done.
  6. Melt the Cheese: Once the beef patties are cooked to your liking, top each patty with a slice of American cheese. Let the cheese melt slightly by covering the pan for a minute.
  7. Assemble the Burger: Toast the hamburger buns until they’re slightly crispy. Place a cheese-covered patty on the bottom half of each bun. Generously heap the fried onions on top of the patty. Close the burger with the top half of the bun.


And there you have it – a masterpiece that encapsulates the heart and soul of Oklahoma, a Fried Onion Burger that’s as delicious as it is unique. The crispy, golden-brown onions add a delightful crunch, while the juicy beef patty, seasoned to perfection, creates a harmony of flavors that will transport you straight to the heart of this remarkable state. This burger isn’t just food; it’s a celebration of tradition, innovation, and the shared joy of savoring a fantastic meal. So, take a bite, savor the moment, and raise your burger high to salute the ingenuity of the Great Plains.

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