5 Lip-Smackin' Diner Faves

From onion rings to patty melts, these 5 diner classics are the ultimate in comfort food.

  • Beer-Battered Onion Rings

    Beer-Battered Onion Rings

    Instead of hitting your local diner for a heaping order of fries or a juicy burger, make these comfort-food favorites at home.Onion rings will also curb your fast-food craving. Dip fresh sliced onions in a beer batter, and then fry in oil until golden brown. Once you've tasted these crispy, hot, and flavoring rings, you'll think twice about ordering out!
  • Spicy Steak Fries

    Spicy Steak Fries

    These fries cut out much of the fat of greasy diner fries without skimping on flavor. Cut baking potatoes into thick wedges and toss with vegetable oil, a spicy seasoning blend, and salt, then bake at 400 degrees until tender.
  • Mini-Cheeseburgers
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson


    Satisfying your urge for cheeseburgers with these Krystal-inspired minis. Split party rolls for the buns, and shape the patties in tablespoon portions. Freeze leftovers for a midweek lunch.
  • Southwestern Smothered Fries

    Southwestern Smothered Fries

    Prepare frozen steak or waffle-cut fries and top, nacho-style, with a Southwestern flavor explosion: spices, black beans, shredded Mexican-style cheese, salsa, sour cream, scallions, and avocado.
  • Country-Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley

    Country-Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy

    Dress up cubed steak by dredging in a milk mixture, coating in seasoned flour, and pan-frying in a skillet. Top with homemade mushroom gravy and serve with mashed potatoes for a down-home dinner favorite.

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