The hyper-regional Oklahoma fried onion burger has become the stuff of legend. From tutorials flooding your social feeds, to pop-ups in far-flung places like Brazil and Argentina, the onion burger is seemingly everywhere, thanks in no small part to Burger Scholar George Motz. But before it became a global phenomenon, it all started in a small, quiet Midwestern town.
So it’s only fitting that Motz and chef Alvin Cailan go on a quest to visit the birthplace of the ORIGINAL fried onion burger in El Reno, Oklahoma, where the tradition of smashing onions into burgers has been going on for nearly 100 years. The verdict? LIFE-CHANGING.
That’s right. Motz and Alvin are embarking on an epic road trip in the ‘Burger RV’ to survey Oklahoma’s best hyper-regional burgers. Stop #1 is the Meer’s Store, a remote burger joint situated in a defunct gold-mining outpost that specializes in giant long-horn smashburgers. Stop #2 is at Johnnie’s in Oklahoma City, where they make two VERY unique styles: the Theta burger and the Caesar burger. Finally, at Stop #3, they visit the fried-onion burger capital of the world, El Reno— specifically Sid’s Diner, where owner Marty Hall has been perfecting the ‘Okie’ burger for decades.
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