Oklahoma Onion Burgers recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Oklahoma Onion Burgers

Serves 4
Cuisine: American
Category: Burgers
Smashing a beef patty into onions results in golden caramelized onions embedded in a perfectly cooked, juicy burger.
Prep Time
10 mins
Other Time
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
  • 1 pound Certified Angus Beef ® ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut in half and sliced super thin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, beef fat or bacon fat
  • 4 soft burger buns
  • 4 slices American cheese (optional)
  • Yellow mustard to taste (optional)
  1. Combine salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne to create a signature burger seasoning. Portion ground beef evenly into 4 loosely packed balls.
  2. Preheat griddle or cast iron skillet to medium high.
  3. Working with one or two burgers at a time works best. Add oil or fat to cooking surface and spread evenly. When oil begins to smoke, add 1/4 the onions; sear 1 minute and top with one ball of beef. Smash burger ball into onion with back of metal spatula with no holes to make a round patty less than 1/2-inch thick on top of onions. Season burger with a sprinkling of burger seasoning.
  4. Allow onion and burger to develop a deep brown sear, 2-3 minutes. Flip. Top with more seasoning to taste, a smear of mustard (optional) and top half of bun; sear until burger is cooked through, 1-2 minutes (160°F internal temperature). Toast bottom bun half on flattop. Flip bottom bun onto a plate and stack with cheese and burger.
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