In all my years I have not once tried a Patty Melt, until today that is. It was my mom’s favorite thing to order when we’d go out if it was on the menu and I never even really knew what it was. I was thinking about her, and it came into my head, and I was suddenly very curious. So I searched it out, and was surprised to see it was just a burger/grilled cheese. I figured I could do that.
I decided to go with a pretty basic recipe, though I found others that seemed a little more complex and I am sure great. I think my mom liked hers on a dark rye, but I couldn’t for the life of me find any at the store, so went with a Russian Rye instead. I can see why my mom liked them, though I felt this particular version could have used a good deal more cheese. It is a melt after all and I do love my cheese! I liked the nice buttery golden bread though and the juicy burger and caramelized onions between. I think I may try some of the variations out there because it was such a simple yet satisfying sandwich.
Serves : 2
- 8 oz. ground beef
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 4 slices rye bread
- 4 slices swiss cheese
- 2 T. canola oil
- 2 T. butter, room temperature (or warmed slightly in the microwave if you forgot to take it out like me)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Divide the meat into two balls. Form each one into a 1/4-inch patty that is just slightly larger than the slices of bread. Season each patty generously with salt and pepper.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into a small skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until browned, about 10 minutes or so. Set aside.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. When it’s hot, add the burger patties. Cook for about 2 minutes per side. They should be well browned, but still slightly medium or medium-rare inside. Set aside.
- Top two of the slices of bread each with some onions, a slice of cheese, cooked patty, another slice of cheese and finally a slice of bread. Slather each sandwich on top and bottom with the butter.
- Wipe out the skillet. Then turn the heat to medium. Add the sandwiches. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes a side, or until the bread is golden browned and the cheese has melted.Slice in half diagonally and serve.
Recipe from Dishing Up Delights