Bunny’s Onion Burgers
5020 N. Meridian Ave.
An Oklahoma City mainstay for more than 20 years, Bunny’s has perfected the onion burger and offers numerous variations on the homespun classic, all in an old-school cafe atmosphere. Saddle on up to the bar and order a #24 basket ($9.75), a double-patty onion burger stuffed with fixings and a generous side of fresh-cut fries. If you happen to be on the south side of town, Bunny’s newest location is at 1023 S. Meridian Ave.
Bell Street Onion Burgers
117 N. Bell Ave., Shawnee
Bell Street Onion Burgers is the latest addition to Shawnee’s ever-growing historic downtown district, capturing the small-town friendliness and flavor of a classic burger stand with an eye for big-city invention and flair. The local fave is the Juicy Lucy ($7.99), a double patty onion burger filled with American cheese and butter. Yes, butter. If you’re the health-conscious sort, adding a side of fried green beans ($3.99) is probably the menu’s best bet.
HD’s Onion Burger
12417 N. Rockwell Ave.
A family-owned eatery, HD’s has all the greasy-spoon edibles that one could want — hot dogs, gyros, hamburger steak, chili and so on — but what really draws the crowds are the fat and juicy onion burgers at great prices. A cheeseburger, for example, is only $3.35. You might as well throw down another buck and get that burger topped with tangy house slaw, providing an unexpected kick. And don’t miss the (non-onion) selection of homemade cakes.
15924 SE 29th St., Choctaw
Located in an unassuming white house with the words “Tasty Burger” politely drawn across the top, this Choctaw joint is about as no-frills as it comes, except for the menu, of course. Offering numerous specialties, the onion-fried double cheeseburger ($6.38) featuring crispy, caramelized onions is worth the drive out of OKC, as are the homemade, hand-cut ultimate chips loaded with chili, cheese, guacamole and jalapeño chiles ($4.99).
15th Street Grill
1204 E. Lockheed Drive, Midwest City
With a Harley-Davidson theme that’ll rev anyone’s engine, 15th Street Grill is bound to be the next big onion burger destination. With patties of meat and slices of onions that literally spill out of the sandwich, the popular Tinker special features the aforementioned burger, chili cheese fries and a drink for only $7.79. For the fat boy in each of us, add an order of fried pickles ($3.49) to take home and munch on later.
The Cow Calf-Hay
3409 Wynn Drive, Edmond
The Cow’s fried onion cheeseburger ($8.99) is Certified Angus Beef smothered in onions as well as melted American cheese and your choice of dressing. For an extra 79 cents, top it with a fried egg to add a singularly unique flavor. Don’t forget the criss-cut sweet potato fries ($4.99) either. For a real gut-buster, try the Six-Shooter Challenge; if you eat a cheeseburger with six beef patties and all the fixings, as well as a side order in 45 minutes, it’s free.
3124 N. May Ave.
Driving down N. May Avenue, it’s impossible to miss the Barry’s Grill sign from the road. The large green sign is adorned with a photo of a large hamburger and the words “Old- Fashioned.” The old-fashioned onion burger ($3.78) is your granddad’s burger, and that’s a good thing. Pair it with zesty, hand-cut onion rings ($2.29) to make it even more delicious. Also try the hand-cut fries, another speciality of the house.