One of my favorite meals to create is a simple onion ring burger, but I have been experimenting with different types of onion rings, and I discovered that cheeseburger onion rings are an amazing addition to this classic meal. Intrigued? Well, let’s take a look at how you can make these delightful onion rings.

Cheeseburger Onion Rings Recipe

For this recipe, you will need:

  • One pound of ground beef
  • A teaspoon of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • A teaspoon of onion powder
  • One cup of cheddar cheese (I prefer sharp cheddar cheese in this recipe)
  • One large onion
  • One cup of flour
  • Five beaten eggs
  • Three cups of breadcrumbs (I prefer panko)
  • Enough oil for frying

Start by heating the oil in a medium frying pan to a temperature of 350 degrees. You can use a deep fryer for this if you prefer, just make sure that you have enough oil for your machine. Then, combine the ground beef, the salt, the pepper, and the onion powder in a bowl and set it aside. Slice the onion into rings that are about ½ of an inch in diameter.

Separate the rings, and place about a spoonful of meat into each one. Press the beef into the onion, and then top it with a square of cheese. Place another spoonful of meat on top of the cheese to seal it and keep it from oozing out when it’s fried.

Set up a dipping station with the flour, the eggs, and the breadcrumbs in three separate dishes. Dip each onion ring in the flour. Then, dip them into the egg and the breadcrumbs. Fry the rings for about five minutes, and then drain them on a paper towel to remove excess grease before you enjoy them.

Baked Cheeseburger Onion Rings

For a healthier alternative, you can actually bake the onion rings in your oven instead of deep-frying them. This will minimize the oil that you will have in your meal, and the onion rings will taste just as good with your meal. Typically, I set my oven to about 375 degrees to cook the meat, and then, I turn it up to about 400 degrees so that I can get a nice golden brown on the outside of the onion rings. You can also keep the temperature at 375, but it may take a bit more time to brown.

More Cheeseburger Dinner Ideas

Cheeseburger onion rings are tasty as a side, but this same concept can be used to make some great meal combinations that your entire family will love. Some of the dinner ideas that I frequently make for my family include:

Mini Cheeseburger Bites

You will need:

  • Two onions
  • One pound of ground beef
  • One pickle (I prefer dill)
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • ½ of a teaspoon of pepper
  • About 10 cubes of cheddar cheese
  • Two cups of flour
  • Four beaten eggs
  • Four cups of panko (any breadcrumbs will work in this recipe)
  • Oil for frying

Start by preheating the oil to a temperature of about 350 degrees. Dice the onions. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, the onions, the chopped pickle, the salt, and the pepper. Take a cube of cheese and push it into the center of a tablespoon of the burger mixture. Make sure that the burger is sealed so that the cheese does not ooze out of the burger bite while it is cooking. Dip the burger in flour, egg, and then panko so that they are coated evenly. Fry the bites for about four minutes, and then allow them to drain before eating them. These taste great dipped in mustard.

Onion Ring Burgers

For this burger, you will need:

  • One pound of ground beef
  • 1/3 of a cup of diced onions
  • ½ of a teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • Five to six slices of cooked bacon
  • 1/3 of a cup of barbecue sauce (I will include my homemade recipe)
  • Four slices of American cheese
  • Four eggs
  • Onion rings (use the cheeseburger onion ring recipe above if you’d like)
  • Four rolls

Start by making four patties out of the burger, the onions, and the liquid smoke. When the burger is almost done, brush barbecue sauce over the meat. While the burger is cooking, you will want to preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place four onion rings on a baking sheet, and crack an egg in the center of each one.

You can do more if you’d like, but typically, you only want one egg filled onion ring for each burger. Once the egg is cooked, you can remove it the ring from the oven and set it aside until the burger is done. When the burger is cooked to your liking, melt the cheese on the burgers. Serve the burger with the onion ring on top, and don’t forget to add some more barbeque sauce before you close the bun.

For the barbecue sauce, you will need:

  • Two cups of ketchup
  • One cup of water
  • ½ of a cup of apple cider vinegar
  • A tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • A tablespoon of lemon juice
  • A teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
  • ½ of a tablespoon of onion powder
  • ½ of a tablespoon of ground mustard
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Five tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Five tablespoons of sugar

Simple mix all of the ingredients together and bring the mixture to a boil. When the sauce starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer it for an hour. This is also a very tasty sauce to simply dip your cheeseburger onion rings in, so if you are making them as a side dish, make sure that you make plenty of this barbecue sauce for everyone to use.

You can add more sweetness to this barbecue sauce by increasing the amount of sugar that you add to the recipe, or if you prefer something with a little more kick, you can add more Tabasco sauce to the mixture. When I make this sauce for kids, I simply leave out the Tabasco sauce, and it tends to go over quite well, especially when it can be used as a dipping sauce for fries.

Cheeseburger Soup

For this recipe, you will need:

  • ½ of a pound of ground beef
  • Four tablespoons of butter
  • ¾ of a cup of chopped onion
  • ¾ of a cup of shredded carrots
  • ¾ of a cup of diced onions
  • A teaspoon of basil
  • A teaspoon of parsley
  • Four cups of peeled and diced potatoes
  • Three cups of chicken broth
  • ¼ of a cup of flour
  • Three to four cups of Velveeta cheese
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • ¼ of a cup of sour cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Start by cooking the ground beef in the bottom of a large saucepan. When it’s fully cooked, drain the meat and set it aside. In the same pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and sauté the onion, the carrots, and the celery until they are tender. This should take about 10 minutes. Mix in the basil and the parsley. Then, add the potatoes, the ground beef, and the broth to the pot. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Once the soup is boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Simmer it for about 12 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when poked with a fork.

In another small pan, melt the remaining three tablespoons of butter. Slowly stir in the flour. Continue to stir for about five minutes so that the flour mixture begins to thicken. Then, add the flour mixture to the soup, and bring it to a boil. After two minutes at a full boil, reduce the heat to low and add in the cheese, the milk, the salt, and the pepper.

Once the cheese melts, remove the soup from the heat and mix in the sour cream. Do not add the sour cream to the soup before you remove it from the heat because it will likely curdle easily. If you are lacking time, you can use frozen hash brown potatoes instead of fresh ones.

Bacon Cheeseburger Bake

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Two pounds of ground beef
  • One large onion
  • One 15-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • Eight ounces of Velveeta cheese
  • One tablespoon of ground mustard
  • One tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Two cups of cheddar cheese
  • 12 pieces of cooked bacon
  • A 32-ounce package of tater tots (you can use the cheeseburger onion ring recipe instead)
  • One cup of diced grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 of a cup of chopped dill pickles

To start, you will need to preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is preheating, cook the ground beef and about one cup of the diced onion in a large skillet. Over medium heat, it should take about six to eight minutes.

Drain the meat mixture, and then stir in the tomato sauce, the Velveeta, the mustard, and the Worcestershire sauce. Cook for another five minutes. Once the cheese is melted, transfer the meat and cheese mixture to a baking dish. Make sure to grease the dish so that the meat mixture does not stick to the dish. You can use one that is 13×9 inches or any dish that holds 3 ½ quarts without an issue.

Spread the meat and cheese mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top of the meat. You can purchase pre-shredded cheese, but I prefer to shred my cheese because there are more flavors available. Sharp Vermont cheddar works well in this recipe, but you can use your favorite type of cheddar cheese in this recipe if you’d like. Crumble the bacon, and then spread it evenly across the baking dish.

The last thing that you will be adding to the dish before baking it is the tater tots, but if you prefer fries or onion rings, feel free to change the recipe to your liking. Bake the dish for about 40 minutes. When it is done, the top will be browned, and the cheese will be bubbly. Remove it from the oven, and top the dish with the remaining onions, the tomatoes, and the pickles. When you serve the dish, offer a squirt of ketchup or mustard to complete the classic cheeseburger taste.

Final Thoughts

If you like cheeseburgers and onion rings, then you will love my recipe for cheeseburger onion rings. It combines the flavors of two great recipes into one amazing snack, and the best part is that you can put them on top of a burger or simply eat them as a side with your favorite meal. Don’t forget to try some of the other great cheeseburger recipes that I have included above.


Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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