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Classic Beef Patty Melt

Classic Beef Patty Melt

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This Classic Beef Patty Melt consists of a thin ground beef patty topped with caramelized onions and sandwich between melty cheese and griddled rye bread.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword beef patty, beef patty melt, caramelized onion, grilled cheese, patty melt, sandwich
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 680
Author Laurie McNamara


  • pounds (80/20) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra light
  • 2 medium sweet onions halved and sliced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 4 shakes onion powder
  • 4 shakes garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 8 dashes Worcestershire sauce store bought or homemade
  • 8 slices rye bread or sourdough
  • 4 slices American cheese like deli or deluxe American
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 tablespoons butter


  • Divide the ground beef into four (6 ounce) pieces and shape into oblong patties. Place them onto a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and press between another cutting board. Set aside.
  • Preheat a griddle to 300 to 350°. Drizzle the griddle with the olive oil, add the sliced onions and season with a pinch of kosher salt. Stir, and cook the onions until soft and edges caramelized. This should take about 10 minutes. For "real" caramelized onions, the process will take another 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the onions to a dish and set off to the side.
  • Meanwhile, season the patties with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to each one. I never measure any of these.
  • Using the same griddle, increase heat to 350° to 375°. Sear and cook the patties about 3 to 5 minutes, flip and continue cooking 2 to 3 more minutes. Transfer to a platter of some kind and tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Use paper towel to wipe the grease away and discard. Reduce the griddle temperature to 300° and melt 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • Lay down 8 slices of rye bread and add 1 slice of American cheese to 4 slices of bread each and 4 slices cheddar to the other slice.
  • Once the cheese starts to melt on each slice and the bread is only lightly golden, top one slice of bread with a beef patty and divide the caramelized onions over each one.
  • Replace the second slice of bread so each patty has one cheddar and American cheese side. Flip occasionally, and continue to griddle until the patty is heated through and the bread is deeply golden.
  • Slice and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 680kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g