Patty Melt Sandwich Recipe

An American favorite, the patty melt is a ground beef patty covered with Swiss cheese and grilled onions, atop rye bread or sourdough bread, which is then grilled to golden brown in a skillet.

Spring 2018

  • Patty Melt
    A hot patty melt, with a burger topped with Swiss cheese and sauteed onions on golden bread.
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  • Patty Melt

Total Hands-On Time: 40 min

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Yield: 4 servings

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• 6 tablespoons butter, divided

• 1 large onion, sliced and separated into rings

• 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

• Salt and pepper, to taste

• 8 slices rye or sourdough bread

• 8 slices Swiss cheese


1) In large skillet over medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion, and cook until caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often.

2) Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix together ground beef, salt, and pepper. Form mixture into 4 patties.

3) Heat another large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add patties, and cook to desired doneness, turning once.

4) Place 4 slices of bread on counter. Top each with a beef patty, two slices of cheese, and some grilled onions. Cover with remaining bread slices.

5) Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches, and cook until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, and continue cooking until second side is golden and cheese is melted, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet and keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and sandwiches.