great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

If you want to bite into the best diner style hamburger, then here’s your Great American Diner Grilled Burger Patties & Onions!

Old School Burgers

Old school burgers are those that are cooked like we used to prepare them in the 1950s to about the 1980s or until outdoor grilling and grills became all the rage. These burgers were as one of my Italian friends called them, ‘Noni burgers’! They’re fried in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop the old fashioned ay. 

Old Fashioned Burger

This old fashioned burger is what you’d expect at a 1950s or 1960s diner. And, I ate a lot of meals in local diners back in the 60s and 70s. 

What would you serve with it? Well, that would be mashed potatoes and some kind of green. In my case, I had fresh collards that my friend, Captain Dale, had brought me that morning from his garden.

Collard Greens Nutrition

Captain Dale keeps me in full supply with winter greens, collards, mustard greens, turnips. Collard greens are full of nutrition!

If you’ve never had really home grown collards, then you’ll probably continue to think that collard green leaves are tough and as big as elephant ears. But, quite the contrary, Captain Dale’s collard greens are a grass green, soft as velvet and the leaves are light and airy, large, but not gigantic. They cook in no time at all because they’re fresh and tender!

Diner Burger Recipe

A diner burger recipe doesn’t need much at all. Everything hinges on the best ground beef you can manage then a few seasonings like you’ll see in this recipe. The real difference comes in getting that skillet screaming hot when you put the burger in to fry. This creates a crusty effect that seals in those juices. 

Easy Hamburger Recipe

There are so so many benefits to selecting grassfed beef for an easy hamburger recipe. Way too many for me to review in this post (I know you want the recipe!), so check out this article from Groom + Style on grassfed benefits!

Now, for these burgers we’re going to simply add some nice sweet onions that caramelize just a bit and still have a hint of crunch and you’re on your way to a great dinner.

Stovetop Burgers

There is nothing better than a hamburger cooked in a screamin’ hot cast iron skillet. And, this great American diner grilled burger patties and onions proves that prior statement hands down. You don’t need much seasoning when you start with a grass fed ground beef.

Grilled Burger Ideas

Instead of firing up you outdoor grill, try different grilled burger ideas. The old-fashioned burger with a bun and all the trimmings or without a bun and served as the ‘steak’ on a plate is a surfire winner. 

Served up with the burger patties and onions, of course, are kosher dills and classic yellow mustard. Sometimes we just can’t escape our roots, and that’s what I had as a kid back in the 50s. I’ve not outgrown it!

One more thing! If you’re an olive lover, like me, then let’s roast some olives to serve with this diner meal!

Best Burger Recipe

Now, I fixed this best burger recipe as a lunch for my long-time dear girlfriend, Laura, who was coming to visit. It was perfect because I could prepare everything ahead of time shortly before she arrived, then just keep it warm for plating.

And, speaking of plating, there’s nothing better than warming your plates in the oven on a very low temperature before filling them. It’s just a small touch that means you care and it does keep your food warm a little longer.

And, if you want an outrageously delicious lamb burger, then check out this recipe

great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

great american diner grilled burger patties & onions

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If you want to bite into the best diner style hamburger, then here's your Great American Diner Grilled Burger Patties & Onions!


  • 1 lb. ground beef, grass fed, organic preferred
  • 1 ½ tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp. coarse ground pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 Tbl. oil
  • 3 cups sweet onions, sliced into half moon rounds


Put the ground been in a mixing bowl. Crumble up. Blend together one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon pepper, garlic, onion, and paprika. Sprinkle on the meat and blend into it well massaging for a minute or so. Form into three to four thick (about 1 ½”) patties.

Heat a large cast iron skillet (10+”) on high. When hot, reduce heat to medium high. Add the oil. Let it get hot. Add the patties. Cover and pan sear for about 2 to 2 ½ minutes. Remove lid. Flip burger (do not cover with lid) and sear on the other side about 2 minutes.

Remove patties from the skillet to a warn plate; cover loosely with foil. Add the onions to the hot skillet. Sprinkle on remaining salt and pepper. Cover with lid and cook about 5-7 minutes tossing occasionally (scraping the bottom of the skillet and the good flavoring from the meat that cooked). Serve immediately with the meat.

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  1. Lori McLain says:

    Boy …you know old Lori clicked on the Blue Plate Special first thing ! THat’s my kind of vittles right there…I would order that again and again ! LOve it….and you know I love the rest !❤️

    1. Lori!!! Yes, it’s our GCM roots!! That blue plate special just calls our name…mashed taters, collards, and a grilled burger/onions xoxo Love you girl!!

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