Sid’s Onion Burger

  • Serves

    makes 6 BURGERS


For these addictively tasty burgers, ground beef is pressed onto the griddle with paper-thin slices of onion and seared until crisp around the edges. The recipe comes from Sid's Diner, a restaurant in El Reno, Oklahoma, and was featured in our special Burger issue (August/September 2009).


  • 4 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef, gently formed into 6 balls
  • 2 medium yellow onions, very thinly sliced with a mandoline or a sharp knife and divided into 6 equal portions
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted


Step 1

Working in 2 batches, heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12" cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 beef balls and, using the back of a spatula, press down on them until they're thin; cook for 1 minute. Top each patty with a portion of the onions; season with salt. Press onions into the meat and cook for 1 minute more.

Step 2

Flip burgers; flatten with the spatula. Place a cheese slice on each patty and let melt while onions and meat brown. Serve on buns.

Pairing Note This burger benefits from a dark, sweet beer, like St. Peter's Old-Style Porter ($38 for 12 bottles), from a brewery in Suffolk, England. —Ania Zawieja

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