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Oklahoma Griddle Onion Burgers

Oklahoma Griddle Onion Burgers


  • 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.
  2. Portion ground beef evenly into 4 loosely packed balls.
  3. Heat griddle or cast iron pan to medium high.
  4. Working with one or two burgers at a time works best. Add oil or fat to cooking surface and spread evenly.
  5. When oil begins to smoke, add 1/4 the onions; sear for 1 minute and top with one ball of beef.
  6. 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.
  7. Season burger with a sprinkling of burger seasoning.
  8. Allow onion and burger to develop a deep brown sear, 2-3 minutes. Flip.
  9. 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 degrees F internal temperature).
  10. Toast bottom bun half on flattop.
  11. Flip bottom bun onto a plate and stack with cheese and burger.

Serves 4.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Angus Certified Beef

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