Classic Patty Melt Sandwiches

Pan-grilled ground beef patties topped with caramelized onions and swiss cheese on buttered and toasted rye bread.

Photo by Diane V.

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • For 4 Patty Melts:

  • 1 1/4

    lbs ground beef (I used 85/15)

  • Salt, garlic salt, black pepper, to taste

  • 1

    yellow onion, sliced, then cut again into half rings

  • 1

    tablespoon butter

  • 1

    teaspoon oil

  • 8

    slices Swiss cheese, or Deli yellow American

  • 8

    slices rye bread

  • 1 - 2

    tablespoons softened butter for toasting the bread

Directions

Shape meat into 4 patties larger than the size of your bread. Season one side of the patties with a salt, garlic salt, and black pepper to taste. Refrigerate patties until needed. In a medium-large skillet with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon oil together over medium/medium-high heat. Add onions; cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Remove onions from the skillet and set aside. Reheat the same skillet (no need to wipe); then add the hamburger patties, seasoned sides down. Cook until that side is browned and the meat is almost done. Flip patties over and add caramelized onions to the top of each patty. Top onions with a slice of cheese. When meat is done, remove from heat, cover the skillet to keep warm, and set aside while you prepare the bread. Spread softened butter on one side of all 8 slices of rye bread. Preheat another large skillet; place 4 slices bread, buttered sides down, in the skillet. Place a slice of cheese on top of each slice of bread. Place one of the onion topped meat patties on top of the cheese. Cover with the 4 remaining bread slices, buttered sides facing up. When the bottom bread has browned nicely, carefully flip the sandwiches over to brown the other side. (Cover the skillet if needed to heat through.) Serve immediately by placing a sandwich on 4 individual plates and cutting in half with a sharp knife.

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