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Patty Melt

A patty melt is a type of sandwich consisting of a beef patty topped with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese on rye bread. A variant of the traditional cheeseburger, it’s unclear when the patty melt was invented; however, its existence has been documented since the 1940s. The patty melt resembles a cross between a hamburger and grilled cheese sandwich as it is made with a cheese-covered beef patty on bread and prepared much like a grilled cheese sandwich. Variations of the traditional patty melt include using different types of bread such as sourdough or Texas toast as well as different kinds of cheese.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the sliced onions and cook slowly for about 20–25 minutes or until the onions are golden brown and soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the onions from the heat and set aside.
  4. Divide and shape the ground beef into four patties.
  5. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add two of the beef patties to the hot skillet.
  7. Season each patty with garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Cook the patties on one side for about 5 minutes or until browned before flipping and cooking them for another 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer the cooked patties from the skillet to a plate.
  10. Repeat steps six through nine with the two remaining patties.
  11. Wipe the skillet clean using paper towel and place it back over medium-low heat.
  12. Spread butter onto one side of each of the slices of bread and place two slices into the skillet butter side down.
  13. Top each of the slices of bread with a ¼ of the caramelized onions followed by a slice of swiss cheese, then a cooked beef patty, and lastly a slice of cheddar cheese. Place a slice of bread over each of the cheese-covered patties with the butter side facing up.
  14. Cook the sandwiches for about 2–3 minutes or until the bottom slice of bread turns a golden-brown.
  15. Flip the sandwiches over and cook, covered, for another 2–3 minutes or until the bottom slice of bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
  16. Remove the sandwiches from the heat and repeat the process using the remaining ingredients.

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