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The Perfect Patty Melt

The definition of a patty melt is a sandwich that is a hybrid between a hamburger and a grilled cheese. I mean…does it get better?

When I saw this recipe for “the perfect patty melt” on The Pioneer Woman Cooks, I had to try it for myself. To be honest, I’ve actually never really been a huge patty melt fan when I’ve had them at restaurants, but my dad absolutely loves them. So I decided to try out this recipe with the patty melt king himself…and it was a total home run, to say the very least. And I have to say, now that I’ve made the perfect patty melt, I could eat these simple easy sandwiches ANY day of the week.

And today must be your lucky day, because I decided to share all this yummy-ness with all of you!

WARNING: This recipe is not for those who are on a low-carb, low-fat diet. I used margarine instead to cut down some of the calories and fat, and leaner ground beef…but still wouldn’t consider this the healthiest meal choice. Definitely one to file under delicious and amazing comfort foods. Enjoy!

The Perfect Patty Melt


  • 4 tbsp margarine (original recipe calls for 1 stick butter)
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Halved And Sliced
  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef (TIP: I used 7% lean fat ground beef, but for a juicer, tastier burger you could go higher in fat—if you don’t mind the extra calories)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 8 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 8 slices Rye Bread (Sour dough could also work, but Rye is the classic choice)


In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Throw in the sliced onions and cook slowly for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and soft.

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt & pepper, and Worcestershire. Form into 4 patties.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on both sides until totally done in the middle. (TIP: I think BBQing the patties would  put an even more delicious twist to this recipe!)

On a clean griddle or in a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and grill the sandwiches over medium heat until golden brown. While on the skillet, assemble patty melts this way: Slice of bread > slice of cheese > hamburger patty > 1/4 of the cooked onions > another slice of cheese > and another slice of bread.

Turn the sandwiches to the skillet, flipping them to the other side. Cook until golden brown and crisp, and until cheese is melted.

Slice in half and serve immediately!

Serving tip: These sandwiches are great with a glass of beer, and some homemade coleslaw or Kettle Chips on the side. My parents and I had some Blue Moon with ours!

Happy patty melting!

xx, MM


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