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Patty Melt

I have a little confession to make… I don’t really care for cold-cut sandwiches. Ironically, this is my go-to brown-bag lunch standard when I don’t have any leftovers to take to work. I feel like a good sandwich needs something other than a layer of meat, cheese, and mayo or mustard. It needs something extra! Hot sandwiches, on the other hand, are my secret obsession… melts in particular. From tuna melts to paninis, nothing says comfort like a good sandwich melts: crusty bread stuffed with gooey cheese and some juicy bits of the filling. and this one also gets extra sweetness from the caramelized onion slices.  An ideal lunch for me would be a hot sandwich with a bowl of homemade tomato soup.

I decided to make patty melts when I made my first Caraway Rye Bread successfully.  Not only that I figured that it was an ideal sandwich to highlight the bread, I had been craving a hot sandwich for our lunches on the weekends. But then, since the weather was warmer when I was preparing this and the sun was out, I actually asked my hubby if he could grill the hamburger patties on the deck, and he said, “No, that won’t be a patty melt if you grill the patties.” And he’s so right (I was so busted, since obviously, I had never made them before). Everything is cooked on the skillet together creating a perfect marriage in heaven of half grilled cheese and half hamburger.

Ingredients
1-1/2 lbs ground beef
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 tbsp canola oil
2 medium yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
12 slices rye bread
12 thin slices cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
Pickles for serving (optional)

Directions
Season beef with salt and pepper. Divide the meat into six 1/4-inch thick patties that are slightly wider and longer than the bread slices. Set aside.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, until softened and browned, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl; wipe out the skillet. Working in 3 batches, heat 1 tbsp of oil in the same skillet over high heat. Add 2 burger patties and cook, flipping once, until well-browned, about 4 minutes total. Repeat with remaining patties. Transfer the patties to a plate.

Top each of 6 bread slices with some of the onions, a cheese slice, and a burger patty. Top each burger with a cheese slice, and a piece of bread. Using a butter knife, spread butter over the top and bottom of each sandwich.

Heat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Working in 3-batches, cook the sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and warmed throughout, about 6 minutes. Serve pickles if you like.

Yield: 6 servings

Adapted from Saveur: The New Comfort Food – Home Cooking from Around the World

   

17 Responses to “Patty Melt”

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Oh wow how come I had never thought of this. I make grilled cheese (but usually with panini press) for kids during lunch time at least 2-3 times a week. I never thought of using ground beef to add into the sandwich. I will give this a try when I have a little more time. It definitely looks delicious, way better than cheese or cheese & ham/turkey… Thanks for inspiring me!

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    Juliana — April 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Wow, homemade patties…and paired with you homemade caraway rye bread…looks very tempting…
    I love the golden brown color of the bread.
    Hope you are having a great week Yudith :)

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    Tracey — April 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I’m so with you, I kind of despise cold-cut sandwiches. They’re an absolute last resort for me. Now, melts on the other hand? I can definitely get behind those, and this one looks amazing!

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    Courtney — April 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Ahh, I was concerned this was going to be a tuna melt, and then I’d have to protest (so not a hot tuna fan)… but a patty melt I can do. This looks like a perfect lunch to me (especially on some homemade bread!)

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    Choc Chip Uru — April 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    These melts look super delicious – I love the perfectly browned slightly crispy sandwiches without a doubt over cold cut as well :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Joanne — April 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

    The only sandwiches I typically like/crave are melty ooey gooey cheesy ones! This looks great.

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    Jen — April 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Looks positively mouth watering. :-)

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    Charles — April 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Now that’s my idea of a toasted sandwich. None of this “let’s just put one piece of cheese inside!” rubbish… no no, stuff it full of meat!

    Looks delicious :D

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    Barb Bamber — April 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I think my mom used to make burgers that way.. but I think they’re much better served up as a melted sandwich.. I love this idea!! I think your lunches are much nicer than mine… xo

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    Sammie — April 27, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I SERIOUSLY need to start making this for my lunch to take to work! My lunches are usually boring sandwiches. I always felt like there was something missing in it! Yes, patties are absolutely a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!! :D

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    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — April 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I’m with you on this one. I love a toasted sandwich and when I do eat a sandwich I want some freakin stuffing in it. :) I’m hungry and I just ate.

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    Eva Taylor — April 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The caramelized onions in this sandwich makes it for me, that’s for sure. And I agree, I’m not one for a plain old boring sandwich…
    Hope you have a great weekend.

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    yummychunklet — April 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    You know, I’ve never actually had a patty melt before, even though I always seriously consider ordering one when offered the choice at a restaurant. It looks delicious, so no wonder it’s your brown bag go-to!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 29, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I’m not much of a cold-cut sandwich gal either. Sandwiches are meant to be hot. And served with a hunk of meat with melted cheese like this one. If I could bring this to work, I’d be employee of the year :)

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    Raymund — April 30, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I never liked plain cold cuts sandwiches either, I love something warm, something flavourful and this definitely is a good candidate

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