Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Cheeseburger Onion Ring Bites Recipe

Total Time:  30 minutes
Yield:  10-12


  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pickle, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 10-12 cubes cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Ketchup and mustard for serving (optional)


  • Preheat oil to 350℉ in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot fitted with an oil thermometer.
  • Slice onions crosswise into 1-inch rounds, discard centers and peels, separate rings and lay them flat on a cutting board.
  • In a medium bowl, add beef, pickle, salt, and pepper; mix with your hands until just combined. Press beef into each onion ring, filling them halfway. Stick a cube of cheese in the center of each ring, fill the rest of the way with more beef. Level them off so the sides are flat.
  • Place flour in one shallow bowl, eggs in another, and panko in another. Dredge patties in the flour, then eggs, then panko, coating thoroughly.
  • Fry 2-3 at a time for 4 minutes, flipping them halfway. Transfer to a wire rack to drain. Serve immediately with ketchup and mustard.