Copycat Krystal Burgers

Does the name “Krystal” ring a bell?

Krystal Copycat Burger
If you grew up in the South, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you didn’t you sooo missed out.

These little things served up in small cardboard boxes were a very welcome sight for you about 1 am after way too many Miller Genuine Drafts.

Or it could have been some sort of booze concoction in a fish bowl made by your teenage friends. That made you violently vomit while your friends held your hair.

But, no matter what you still wanted these damn things afterwards. Don’t lie.

Krystal Copycat Burger
At which point you proceeded to throw up, and you subsequently showed up at Krystal’s looking like a damn train wreck. Wanting tiny burgers. I mean, I’m not judging or anything.

These little bastards were definitely a staple, and as nasty as anybody wants to say they are – they’re absolutely delicious.

And you know it.

Krystal Copycat Burger
Greasy little tiny ass onions and all.

I’ve found the secret – it’s NO seasoning. Like, seriously, nothing except salt and pepper. I tried splashing some Worcestershire on a batch of them and it ruined the entire Krystal taste. Y’all, I’m not even exaggerating.

You start by spreading ground beef out very thin using a rolling pin in between wax paper. Salt and pepper it, slice it into squares and throw it in the freezer. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be.

I used my counter top grill, and it worked perfectly. Another quirky little thing about this is adding the diced onions on the raw side of the burger and then flipping it over and adding the bun on top for a minute.

It works. Don’t forget the pickle.

Here’s your printable –

Copycat Krystal Burgers

Copycat Krystal Burgers


  • 1 lb. ground chuck or round
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup white onions, finely diced
  • American cheese slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Mustard
  • 1 package square slider buns


  • Roll ground beef out flat on wax or parchment paper, almost paper thin and transfer to baking sheet on wax paper; cut into 2"x2" squares.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in freezer for at least 30 minutes, but no more than overnight.
  • Melt butter on a flattop griddle or large frying pan over medium high heat and add onions, saute until translucent, about 3-5 minutes; remove from heat.
  • Add burgers straight from the freezer, a few at a time, to griddle.
  • Sear each for 1-2 minutes, then flip, add a spoonful of onions on top, top with bottom part of bun, then top that with top part of bun. Let them grill for about 1 minute.
  • Remove from pan; remove top part of bun, flip over and add slice of cheese, a squeeze of mustard and pickle slice.
  • Top with top part of bun.
  • Serve.

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  1. avatar
    Krystal Connoisseur

    This is the first recipe I’ve seen, that actually looks spot on. So many other recipes have thicker patties- true Krystal’s have patties that are VERY thin.

  2. I did’t grow up in the South, and I really believe I’ve missed out because of that… But I love my Midwest like crazy, and will happily serve these babies up anytime!!
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  3. I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it! … Just one question: It says “1/2 white onions” … does that mean 1/2 cup white onions or 1/2 of a white onion … or is it just as many chopped onions as you feel like you need? Personally I would go with the latter, but I wanted to ask.
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  4. Wow how awesome you recreated one of the tastiest hamburgers on the planet and they look fabulous!
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  5. Just give me this entire plate…want all three…and I love love classic yellow mustard…I mean why mess up a burger w/so many accessories!! I want the burger experience…pickles, onions, mustard, lettuce and ‘mater! xo
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  6. Back in the day we had a Coral Castle in Miami.

  7. I’d love a big plate of these sliders right now… They look SO good! We don’t have Krystal here in the Midwest, but I know we’re going to enjoy your Copycat Krystal Burgers very soon!
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  8. Love how you do this. We don’t have Crystal’s here but I can dream!
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  9. We don’t have a Krystal’s here, but I have made a version of this and it was a HUGE hit! Love it!

  10. These look so easy and so good…and I love the pickle slice! 🙂
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  11. I know you’re excited about this. I think my wife is also excited (since Krystal and White Castle are basically the same thing). All I have to say is, y’all are some drunk sumbitches to be eating this stuff. Still, I understand, and this recipe is spot on.
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