Patty Melt

Patty Melt

7 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 86% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Some say that the patty melt,a griddled sandwich of ground beef, caramelized onions, cheese, and rye bread isn't technically a burger, because it has no bun. We love it just the same.


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
Kosher salt
ground black pepper
5 tbsp. Canola oil
2 yellow onions; halved and thinly sliced
12 slices rye bread
12 cheddar, swiss or american cheese; thin slices
8 tbsp. unsalted butter; softened

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



1. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Divide meat into six 1/4"-thick patties that are slightly wider and longer than the bread.

2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12" cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl; wipe out skillet. Working in 3 batches, heat 1 tbsp. oil in skillet over high heat. Add 2 burger patties; cook, flipping once, until well browned, about 4 minutes total. Transfer patties to a plate.

3. Top each of 6 bread slices with some of the onions, a cheese slice, and a burger patty. Top each burger with a cheese slice and a piece of bread. Using a table knife, spread butter over the top and bottom of each sandwich.

4. Heat a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in 3 batches, cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and hot, about 6 minutes.

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My husband really liked this sandwich!
brettnleosmom 2y ago

Great recipe... I'd really like a sauce to go with this, though, any good ideas? :)
Kalaborative 2y ago

Wonderful sandwich! Quick and simple to make yet very tasty! I threw in some fresh chopped garlic with the onions during carmelization and turned out great!
1horse4me 2y ago

Easy to make, my family loved it!
bdunman 3y ago

Simple and delicious! I used grass-fed beef, Boars Head cheddar, yellow onion, and Onion/Dill/Rye loaf. Perfect! So decadent, 1/2 sandwich is plenty with fresh fruit or celery/carrot sticks.
Jengerhardt96 3y ago

Great sandwich! We made no changes to the recipe but did use our own fresh ground sirloin, Vidalia onions, Tillamook cheddar and a homemade dark Russian rye. We also served thousand island dressing on the side. The patty melts were near perfect representations of comfort food—rich, juicy burger patties trapped between crisp, buttery, toasted bread, sweet caramelized onions and ooey-gooey, molten cheese. Mouth-watering, melt-in-your mouth delicious!
sgrishka 4y ago

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mraguirre22 6y ago

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