An Oklahoma favorite is the onion burger. It was featured on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel and has been featured in “foodie” magazines. There is the famous Sid’s Burger in El Reno, a well known restaurant in Oklahoma City and even a little place, Al’s Onion Burgers in Holdenville. They all have their versions. This is mine.
- 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- 1 pound lean ground Beef or Bison
- 1 large clove Garlic, peeled and pressed
- Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 medium Onions, thin sliced (I use a mandolin to get them sliced thin)
- Sliced or shredded Cheese of your choice (I like to use Jarlsberg or Gruyère)
- 4 Hamburger Buns, toasted
Mix together the meat, garlic, salt and pepper. Divide the mix into 4 patties. Heat 2 tablespoons EVOO in a cast iron skillet and saute onions until golden brown and slightly crispy. In another cast iron skillet heat the remaining EVOO over medium high heat, place 2 patties in the skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Top the burgers with onions and press them into the meat with a heavy spatula. (Sid’s uses custom made cement trowels as theirs.) Cook an additional 1 minute. Flip burgers, top with cheese and let it melt. Serve on toasted hamburger buns. So goooood.