Oklahoma-Style S’mack Burgers with Ranch-Flavored Tater Tots

Prep Time
30 min
4 servings

Why go out when you can have a great burger at home in 30 minutes or less? Smashing slices of Vidalia onions into burger patties makes them juicy and delicious, while the simple sauce makes them the best version of your favorite fast food burger. Easy ranch-flavored tater tots take a frozen favorite up a notch using powdered buttermilk, dried herbs and spices.




cup sour cream
cup ketchup, Sir Kensington's preferred brand
tbsp relish, Wickle's preferred brand
About 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, Lea and Perrins preferred brand


large or 2 medium onions, Vidalia when in season or yellow
1 ½
lb(s) ground beef, 80/20
Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
About 1 tbsp canola, peanut or other neutral oil
slice American cheese
large soft rolls, Big Marty's plain and sesame preferred brand
Sliced dill/gherkin pickles
Chopped iceberg lettuce
Ranch-Flavored Tater Tots, for serving, recipe follows

Ranch Flavored Tater Tots

About 1/2 cup powdered buttermilk (see Cook's Note)
tbsp (scant palm full) dried chives
tbsp dried dill
tbsp granulated garlic
tbsp granulated onion
tbsp dried parsley
tbsp fine sea salt or kosher salt
tsp black pepper
large bag extra-crispy tater tots, Ore-Ida preferred brand



Cook’s NoteStore powdered buttermilk (available on baking aisle) in fridge after opening. This same homemade ranch seasoning blend can be used on hot popcorn and of course mixed into a dip with sour cream, or a dressing with sour cream, a splash of buttermilk or cream and lemon juice.

Step 1

Gather your ingredients.

Step 2

Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl.

Step 3

Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.

Step 4

Peel onions and use a mandoline or large slicing blade of a box grater to shave the onions as thin as possible.

Step 5

Place beef in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and score to separate into 4 portions. Roll beef into balls.

Step 6

Drizzle oil in pan or over balls and place the meat into pan with 3 inches separating each portion. Top each ball with 1/4 of the onions and press meat into flat patties, bonding onions into meat. Cook beef 3 to 4 minutes, flip, cook and press 2 minutes. Add cheese, 2 slices per burger, and cook 2 minutes more, 7 to 8 minutes total between both sides. Put on patty bun bottoms.

Step 7

Serve with sauce, pickles, lettuce and patty bun tops with Ranch Flavored Tater Tots alongside.

Step 8

Preheat oven to 425ºF.

Step 9

Whisk up spices in a bowl. Store in the refrigerator in airtight plastic container.

Step 10

Bake tots to very crisp, 25 minutes. Top with ranch seasoning to your taste. Makes 3/4 cup seasoning and 6 portions of tots.

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