These patty melts are a homemade take on a diner food favorite: a juicy beef patty topped with caramelized onions and melted cheese between hearty slices of bread and pressed. It’s a like a mix of a reuben, grilled cheese, and a burger, can’t get any better!
This lady who guest-starred on an episode of The Kitchen on the Food Network sold me on the patty melt as a comfort food: caramelized onions, thick slices of bread, many slices of gooey cheese, and a burger patty that is encased in it all.
Oh, and butter. Butter that’s spread from crust to crust on each slice of bread.
Crust to crust is, apparently, a must.
And I definitely agree: the butter helps the make the bread so crispy and delicious when you press it. You can cook these on a griddle or pan with a weight (like a cast iron skillet) on top; use a panini press; or use a George Foreman grill (we use a mini one, a gift from Mama Paula my mother-in-law).
Patty melts are good for a weekend lunch, like a Saturday before going to Little League, (Married to a Dominican man, where baseball is a wright of passage for the boys.) or when you want to make a quick sandwich that isn’t just a sandwich, you know?
These are so simple to make and taste absolutely delicious, they are a change from typical burgers but really satisfy that craving. Because who doesn’t have cravings for burgers, right? Right?
Because Lord, I was craving Five Guys.
…don’t judge me.
- 5 yellow onions, sliced and caramelized
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (I love a chuck/sirloin mix), made into 4 patties and seasoned to your liking with salt and pepper
- 8 thick slices of bread (I used a sourdough bread, some people like using Texas Toast, or Italian bread but Rye bread is the classic)
- 16-20 slices of cheese of your choice
- Salted or unsalted butter
- Put a large high sided skillet or grill pan on medium high heat. Place 2-3 burgers in the pan (whatever fits comfortably, we want them to sear not steam) and cook each side for 3-4 minutes. Don't try to force your patties to come off the pan, they will release when ready.
- Prepare your melts by buttering one side of each slice of bread (the outside side), putting one or two slices of cheese on each slice, and heaping a small pile of caramelized onions on one of the slices per sandwich.
- Heat up your griddle, pan, panini press, whatever you're using (I use a mini George Foreman grill!) to medium heat and finish assembling your patty melts with the burger. Put your melt on the griddle and press with a heavy pan, or use your panini press.
- If you're using a pan, flip your melt after about 2-3 minutes. Your bread should be a golden brown and deliciously crispy. Repeat on the other side.
- Enjoy your awesome patty melts with fries, chips, the game, a shake, whatever you want. You can also add whatever you want to your melt, it's just as customizable as any other burger or sandwich.