J & W Grill

Hamburgers | Small Town Café
Worth driving from anywhere!

The fried onion burger capital of Oklahoma, therefore the world, is the tiny town of El Reno. But onion burgers are a popular item throughout this burger-crazy state. The best we have found is at J & W Grill in Chickasha.

A small, striking, red and white building on busy West Choctaw Avenue, open 24 hours a day, J & W Grill has only 16 counter seats. We were fortunate enough to grab a couple of stools in front of the grill, so we could watch the cook in action. The man doing the cooking was owner Darren Cook, who told us how he used to have a paper route that took him past the restaurant before starting to work here at age 12.

Even though it was only 9:00AM and there were tempting plates of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and thick, grilled ham being sent out to customers, we were here to try the onion burger. We watched Mr. Cook pile a mountain of sliced onions on top of the patty on the grill. Soon after, the buns were gently laid on top of the beef for a few minutes to be steamed.

Delivered to us, this burger is beautiful. I’ve never seen so many onions on a burger (onion hangs out from underneath the bun on all sides), and the onions, rather than simply resting on top, have infused themselves deep into the meat. The beef develops a nice outside char and, along with the mess of caramelized onions, you have just about achieved onion-burger perfection!

What to Eat
J & W Grill, Fried Onion Burger
Fried Onion Burger
An irresistable combination of cooked beef and fried onions
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday6am - 2pm
Tuesday6am - 2pm
Wednesday6am - 2pm
Thursday6am - 8pm
Friday6am - 8pm
Saturday6am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 227 MILES | 3 hr 43 min

No state has more -- and more interesting -- different styles of hamburger than Oklahoma. El Reno, just west of Oklahoma City , is legendary for its onion-fried burgers; Tulsa is a burger Mecca, too. We're not talking about fancy-pants, overpriced burgers or silly-thick pub burgers, and we certainly don't mean chain restaurant burgers. Each…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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