Bunny’s Onion Burgers: the great OKC onion burger tour, part three

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After eating lunch here last weekend, I had to take two showers, wash all of my clothes, and put a deodorizer in my car. Yep, all that just to erase the onion power clinging to me and everything I owned. Moral of the story — don’t eat lunch here if you have a blind date for dinner that night.  However, if you’re a regular Okie lookin’ for a great onion burger on a Saturday afternoon, this is your place.

I’ve never had an onion burger piled this high with onions. It was simply delicious. In contrast to most other onion burger places, Bunny’s doesn’t smash the onions into the meat. They’re grilled first, then piled high on top.  Mom and I had a discussion today as to whether adding cheese helps keep the onions in place.  She thought cheese made the onions more slippery, and she had trouble keeping her onions on her burger.  I actually thought the cheese acted as a coagulant to help keep the onions in place.  You, too, can have a fascinating discussion like this as you dine in onion heaven.  As usual, my husband — the plain man — had meat and bread only. No onions.  It just kills me.

Anyway, as if we didn’t have enough onions on our burgers, Mom and I also ordered onion rings. They had to be the softest onion rings I’ve ever had, and they were great piled high with ketchup. The husband had the “peels on” fries, which were also tasty.

Burgers here are priced according to how many toppings you order. A basic onion and pickle burger is $3.75, with a basket at $6. Burgers are also available with double meat, but take note — the onion burgers here are larger than the ones at the Yukon and El Reno places. My husband, the carnivore, ordered double meat and even he said it was too much. He even de-meated part of his burger (a first).  Now, that being said, these burgers are not as big as the ones at Nic’s Grill. And rightly so as, in my opinion, onion burgers are supposed to be smaller, yet packed with more taste.

It doesn’t seem that new owners Bobby Hawkins and Bill Burnett have changed the place much since they purchased it on September 20, 2008. And that’s good. Previous owner Bunny Biggers had a good thing going since she took the place over in 1990 (for a complete history on the building and location, see their website).  Bobby did tell me they are planning to become a chain by opening another location at NW 23 and Hudson in about two months.  This new store will operate the same hours as the current location.

We happened to be in the restaurant eating lunch on the day of the big Bedlam football game, and Bobby said they can gauge business on game days according to who’s playing, if it’s a home game, and whether or not it’s on TV.  He said in about ten minutes, they would have another rush right before closing, and sure enough, the place filled up as we were leaving.

It had been several years since I had been to Bunny’s, and I was glad to see several chicken dishes on the menu (around $7), along with a dinner salad ($2.75).  Hot dogs ($2) and conies ($2.25) are also an option, as is homemade chili ($3.25).  A kid’s menu is listed for $3.75.

I’m glad to see that Bunny’s will continue as a part of the OKC onion burger landscape under the new management.  They’ve got a good thing going, so try ‘em out and let me know what ya think in the comments!

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  • isaac says:
    December 4th, 2008 at 9:13 am   

    This is my favorite burgre place, besides it being just down the street, but because they are simply good onion burgers. I think it winds hands down to Little Mikes anyday.

  • Tim says:
    December 4th, 2008 at 9:32 am   

    Bunny’s has long been my favorite onion burger inside the city limits, but I didn’t know about the change in ownership until I was editing Sarah’s review last night, so I had to run over there and grab a burger to see if anything had changed.

    Seems to me to be very much the same. And, I never realized that they didn’t smash the onions into the meat, but you’re right. I watched them start with the onions on top of the patty, then when they flip it, the onions end up underneath, right on the griddle, to really get that charred carmelization, but they never smash them in. Who knew! But it works because I think they’re still one of the best.

    I also like the fact that Bunny’s burgers have a little more meat on them so a guy like me can just eat one and be satisfied. I’m still partial to the El Reno places, but when I don’t want to make the drive, it’s always Bunny’s.

  • Chris J. says:
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:58 am   

    I really love Bunny’s too, and I’m really torn between Nic’s and Bunny’s. They are both so amazing! Thanks for the review!

  • ballerinatoes says:
    December 4th, 2008 at 9:01 pm   

    sweet…will have to try…I like the onions not smashed into the meat.

  • Kevin says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 6:17 am   

    Although I am a confirmed fergitabout da onions guy myself, I’m thinking any burger that has someone thinking ‘that’s just too much meat’ has got to be worth a try, even if walking into an onion cloud equates to needing a shower.

    Maybe the new one will include a drive-through lane.

  • Katie says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 4:07 pm   

    Bunny’s is the bomb! My husband and I love it – it’s the best if you can get a seat! My husband and I have wondered why they don’t get a bigger place. Every time we go people are waiting on tables..and yes, we go back to work smelling pretty doggone bad…everyone should try them!

  • Sue Ellen Ferguson says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:22 pm   

    Are there others like me who first check the decor, the cleanliness of the surrounding area, the friendliness of the staff and the owner and convenient parking? Yep, that is what moms do. This one was very pleased with our visit to Bunny’s. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly and I loved eating my stack of onions while staring into the face of James Dean. Wow, what a feast for the eyes and the tummy!

  • Andrew says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:43 pm   

    I usually end up at Bunny’s once a month or so. I hate going back to work smelling like onions because in reality, it smells like BO. Oh, and yeah, it’s a pretty good burger in OKC, but it pales in comparison to Nic’s. Nic’s doesn’t even have a close second.

  • David H. says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 1:39 am   

    Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been occasionally craving onion burgers since Super Onion Burger closed. Wasn’t there a Bunny’s in Edmond on Danforth? Is it still there?

  • Sarah says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:05 pm   

    Yes, David, the location on Danforth is still open.

  • Gary says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 10:26 pm   

    Been a fan of onion burgers for a long time Bunny’s is the best.The flavor of the onions and the meat are a great combo.Hint, eat the fries first to give the burger time to cool.Looking forward to the opening on 23rd. Good luck to the new owners and don’t change anything.

  • Carol Baker says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 11:13 am   

    I’m a Big fan of Bunnys! Love the onion rings too.
    FYI.. was told that the Edmond location was sold last year & is now some “Al’s Cafe”or something.

  • Sarah says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 7:06 pm   

    OK, correction here – their website says the Edmond location IS open, but I just called the OKC location, and they said the Edmond location is NOT open anymore. So if there is another restaurant at the former Danforth location, it is not a Bunny’s. Thanks, everyone, for helping me to get this straightened out!

  • Katie says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 11:18 am   

    Where is Nics? I must try it…

  • Sarah says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 6:34 pm   

    Nic’s is located at 1201 N Penn. They are only open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. See the review here: http://www.eataroundokc.com/nics-grill-possibly-the-best-burger-joint-in-oklahoma-city/

  • barbara Immenschuh says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 10:05 pm   

    Bunny’s is the best place to sit and roll up your sleeves and eat a onion burger I eat one like it is my last meal. It’s like and old fashion onion buger when I was a kid even better than the one in El Reno which I didn’t think could happen but it did. Every Friday in our office is Bunny’s ONION Buger COKE Day known in our office as the BOBC day we hope to see you there. The girl’s from Mercy.

  • Sheri Calabrisi says:
    December 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm   

    Bunny’s Burgers makes the best onion burgers I have ever eaten. I have traveled all over the U.S. and Bunny’s beats them all. In OKC I have been to Nic’s, Little Mike’s, and others and Bunny’s tops them all. My family eats there at least twice per week. Each time we have company from out of town, Bunny’s is a regular stop. They all agree Bunny’s onion burger is the best.

  • lisa says:
    December 14th, 2008 at 2:01 pm   

    Best bugers in town, the fries are great, the service is the best, it is a nice clean, friendly
    place to eat, it is well worth the wait when it is packed,and the new one on 23rd will be just as
    great, if you have not tryed it you are missing out on the best bugers in town, once you go you will keep going back, to the owner and staff keep up the great work, it is the best.

  • Tim says:
    December 18th, 2008 at 10:34 pm   

    Ok, I just tried getting Bunny’s to go and found that on the way back to the office, the bun got really soggy. My opinion — dine in for the best experience.

  • RRB says:
    February 6th, 2009 at 4:05 pm   

    Pretty decent onion burger, but no Nic’s.

  • Carolynn says:
    February 9th, 2009 at 11:12 am   

    We wanted to go to Nic’s based on reviews but since they have such limited hours (M-F 7am-1:30pm) and it was a weekend we went to Bunny’s. We were not disappointed. Great greasy onion burger! The staff was excellent – in fact they sent our onion rings back on their own since they thought they looked too well done – and brought us another basket fresh from the oil! It was great…. only drawback is that my hands smelled of onions all day!

  • Mikey says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 1:12 pm   

    Barry’s old Fashioned Burger – It’s Shady and delicious!

  • Andrew says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm   

    Mikey, I agree. It’s in the queue believe it or not.

  • tasha says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm   

    I’ve been in okc for about a year now, never had an onion burger. A friend brought me one the other day from Bunny’s. Got to say it was a good burger. greasy and loaded with onions. I don’t have anything to compare it to yet, but from what people say i’m gonna try Nicks next.

  • Andrew says:
    May 9th, 2009 at 9:12 pm   

    I ate at the new Bunny’s. Underwhelming. That grill must need to get broken in or something. Until then, it’s time to break out some Kosher salt and a pepper grinder.

  • kathi pinkston says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 am   

    Although I adore their onion burgers, I don’t think the restaurant is as clean as it should be.

  • Donald says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:27 pm   

    I ate at Bunnys on s. Meridian, very good burger nice clean place good service right up there with Roberts and Irmas!

  • Wimpy says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 9:15 pm   

    Has everyone heard the bad news by now about the fire at the Bunny’s on N.W. 50th and meridian?
    I E-mailed Bill Burnett,he said there’s a bit more damage than was reported in the paper I told him I hoped he would be up and running soon in the mean time we’ll have to go to the S. location

  • Tim says:
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:44 pm   

    I hadn’t heard but I drove by there the other day and noticed they were closed and something unusual was amiss. Thanks for sharing the news. That is too bad and I too hope that they are back up and running soon.

  • Sarah says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 3:34 pm   

    I’m happy to report that Bunny’s is now back open with a new, clean re-model. Burgers as delicious as ever!

  • gina says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 8:48 pm   

    Does anyone know what happend to Super Onion Burger (SOB’s) on Memorial? I moved away for several years and had not been in contact with the the family that owned it while away and now they are closed; can’t get in touch with them. Anyone know?

  • Jennifer says:
    October 24th, 2010 at 10:50 pm   

    Bunny’s is good, but my OKC fave is HD’s at 122nd & Rockwell, the cook learned from the El Reno guys that practically invented Oklahoma onion burgers. Plus when you want to switch it up, the new owners now offer gyros, and you can watch them hand pour the gyro bread on the griddle!

  • Lesa says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 4:43 pm   

    We haven eaten at bunny’s twice now and both times we have gotten it to go and eaten in the car. We love the smell. lol We think these are the best onions burgers and are very filling.

  • sharon says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:20 pm   

    I thought it was delicious. My husband and my son both love their burgers. So, I bought the deal and now I love them too!!

  • wimpy says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 8:15 pm   

    I was in the area today and stopped in at the 50th & Meridian location although it was well past lunch, (2:30) the place was still busy and for good reason, the burgers are among the best you’ll find anywhere.
    A very energetic young lady, (Emily) took my order as well as everyone elses in a very friendly, efficient manner, the crew is eager to fill your order, so if you are pressed for time it won’t be a problem here as they handle customers quickly, and always very friendly, also they have very good fries and onion rings which go great with an onion burger !

  • Craig H. says:
    February 11th, 2011 at 9:46 am   

    I too went to Bunny’s (to take advantage of the meal deal i purchaced) in the middle of January. i too found the burgers very good, the onion rings were ok, but like wimpy i found the service (Emily) outstanding, Energetic was an understatement.
    By the time i left, i know she was a cheerleader at PCO (thats Putnam City the Original), she knew Xavier (Henry), she had worked there in High School and was back (hopefully for good) and by the time i left she was yelling my name across the restaurant asking questions. And through all of that the place was packed my glass was never dry and my lunch mate and i were very well served! GREAT JOB!

  • Andrea says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 7:02 am   

    This has been my favorite onion burger place for a very long time. The original location is close to where I went to high school. Every once in a while we would take a little longer lunch break to eat there. My mom & dad both love this place & I have introduced it to my husband who now goes to the newest location regularly for lunch.

  • Sharon says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 7:46 am   

    Had Bunny’s on Friday for lunch. Delish as always.

  • Jason says:
    March 16th, 2011 at 7:48 am   

    Had bunnys for lunch recently. Good onion burger, not the best. Need better fries. Hamburger meat seemed to be lacking some flavor. JMO. Dan’s ol Time Diner on South Western is far better…

  • dom says:
    February 14th, 2012 at 9:23 pm   

    This has always been a favorite, but recently, it seems, well, different. It seems they don’t pile as many onions on, and like Jason said, the meat’s not as flavorful as I remember. I haven’t been to the 50th location in a long time, maybe I need to hit that one and see if it’s the same story.

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