Copycat Krystal Burgers

Craving Krystal’s Burgers? Now you can control the ingredients and make them at home. Get your Krystal burger fix anytime you’d like with these quick and easy Copycat Krystal Burgers!

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Where I live in South Carolina, there are no Krystal or White Castle burger places to be found within a few hundred miles of our home. So my husband always wants to stop at Krystal Burgers when we hit Georgia and get some lunch as we head down to Florida.

These little slider-sized burgers are incredibly easy to make at home. First, you mince some onions and scatter them on a baking sheet. After that, dot the surface with ground beef.

a tray of ground beef and onions ready to be formed.

Then, pat down the ground beef until it spreads thinly and evenly across the baking sheet covering the onions.

A tray of ground beef and onions formed into a large patty

Divide the meat into patties with a knife or pizza wheel. Then, with a drinking straw, skewer, or chopstick, poke holes into each patty. This allows steam to escape up from the onions and through the patties.

A tray of ground beef and onions formed into 24 patties and vented for steam.

Bake in the oven and viola, a stack of Homemade Krystal Burgers.

a tray of copycat krystal sliders

Add fries, pickles, and condiments and you’re done. Being able to create these tasty burgers at home is a treat for my family.

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Copy Cat Krystal Burgers

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Craving Krystal’s Burgers? Control the ingredients and make them at home. Get your Krystal burger fix anytime you’d like with these easy Copycat Krystal Burgers!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 24 sliders
Calories 99 kcal


  • 1 small onion , finely diced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef , 80/20
  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 pkgs dinner rolls , sliced in half horizontally


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 °F.
  • Spread the diced onion on a medium sized baking sheet, set aside.
  • Add ground beef, water, beef bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to a large bowl.
  • and mix thoroughly to make a paste.
  • Drop the meat mixture in even dollops on top of the onions. Carefully press the meat so that it covers the entire baking sheet.
  • Score the meat mixture, making 24 even squares with a sharp knife or pizza wheel.
  • Use a straw to make holes in each square. This allows steam to rise up through the meat.
  • Bake at 375 °F for approximately 12-15 minutes. There will be a lot of juices released as the meat cooks, drain off liquids prior to plating.
  • Serve burgers on mini slider buns, dinner rolls or Hawaiian rolls topped with pickle chips, cheese, and mustard.


Nutrition is calculated based on the recipe as written. Additions, omissions, or substitutions will change the calculated values shown. The addition, omission, or substitution of ingredients will alter the nutritional information shown. Nutrition percentages are based on a 2000-calorie diet. The FDA recommends 80 micrograms of vitamin K.


Serving: 1eachCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 9mgFolate: 3µgIron: 1mgZinc: 2mg
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33 thoughts on “Copycat Krystal Burgers”

  1. Is it possible to cook these without the onions, I know it’s an important part of the burger, but I’m the one that held the drive thru line up by asking for no onions on my Krystal burgers. Thank you

  2. We’ve made these several times and they always turn out great. In Virginia, our closest Krystal is in Georgia so we only have the real thing when we visit family in Florida. This recipe definitely satisfies the craving between visits.

  3. This looks delicious! I definitely want to try this recipe, but I’m not a huge fan of onions. Would I have to make any changes to how I follow the recipe if I omit the onions?

  4. Made them they were great… I’m from TN and miss hitting Krystal’s on the way home from downtown Nashville
    .. They where just as good… Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I can’t wait to try this next week! My husband and I live in North Carolina and are always craving krystals. We are from Florida so when we go back to visit we pig out on those delicious little burgers. I showed my husband your recipe and he was so excited.

    • Hi! I am from Florida, too, now living in South Carolina. We do the same on drives back to see my family. These are a fun treat at home in the in-between times. I hope you enjoy them. The steamed onions (and soft rolls) make the difference for me.

  6. Hello! Just a quick question. There’s water listed under the ingredients, but I don’t see it in the directions. Do I mix it into the ground beef mixture? Thank you for posting the recipe! My husband is a huge Krystal’s fan and there isn’t anything like it here in WA. He’s very excited for me to make them! :)

  7. We don’t have a Krystal burger where I live but my husband loves them. These were great! I couldn’t believe how easy they were eiether!


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