Oh, what a beautiful Mornin', Oh, what a beautiful day. I've got a beautiful feelin', these Oklahoma Onion Burgers are comin’ my way! These Onion burgers are served up hot and ready, and sure to make a Midwesterner reminisce on simpler times.
Oklahoma-Style Onion burgers have their origins in the 1920s, 1926 to be exact. Our story begins in El Reno, a small town USA that was fortunate enough to have the Main Street of America run straight through it, aka route 66. Ross Davis opened the Hamburger Inn alongside Route 66 around this time. Now this was during the great depression, and hamburger meat was expensive but onions were cheap. Davis began smashing onions into the patties with the back of his spatula and called them “Depression Burgers”, smashing half an onion into a five-cent burger.
Rather quickly, the onion burger caught on with word spreading across not just El Reno, but Route 66 as well. Other establishments began to follow suit, and it became a tradition. The Oklahoma Onion Burger is often regarded as an American classic and one of the “perfect” burgers of the world.
The secret to an effective onion burger is to steam the buns softly with some of that sweet onion vapors. Doing this helps give the buns a nice soft, onion flavor and helps complete the experience. Remember, smelling is half of tasting! So grab your griddle, get your spatula, and get ready to make an American classic!