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Deliciously Iconic: The Classic Patty Melt

Indulge in a culinary journey with our take on the timeless classic, the Patty Melt. This recipe combines savory caramelized onions, perfectly seasoned ground beef, and gooey Swiss cheese, all sandwiched between slices of buttery rye bread. The secret to this melt-in-your-mouth delight? A touch of Worcestershire sauce and a sprinkle of garlic and onion powder, elevating the flavors to new heights.

But it’s not just about taste; it’s about the experience. Picture the sizzle of the beef patties as they hit the skillet, the aroma of caramelized onions filling the air, and the sound of Swiss cheese melting into a golden perfection. Each bite is a symphony of flavors and textures, with the crunch of the toasted bread giving way to the juicy beef and the richness of the cheese.

Whether you’re looking to impress your family at dinner or elevate your lunch game, the Classic Patty Melt is a must-try. It’s comfort food at its finest, a true American classic that never fails to satisfy. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the skillet, and get ready to create a meal that’s as memorable as it is delicious.

Recipe: Classic Patty Melts

Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups finely sliced onion (from 1 large onion)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Garlic powder and kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring regularly, for 20-25 minutes until caramelized. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Divide into 4 equal patties slightly wider than the bread slices.
  4. Cook the patties in the skillet for 4-5 minutes per side until browned. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. Remove excess grease from the skillet and melt 2 tablespoons of remaining butter. Place 4 slices of rye bread in the skillet, butter side down. Top each with a burger patty, Swiss cheese, half of the caramelized onions, and another slice of cheese. Sandwich with the remaining bread slices, butter side up.
  6. Cook the sandwiches for 2-4 minutes per side, gently pressing down with a spatula occasionally, until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from skillet, place on a cutting board, and cut diagonally. Serve and enjoy!

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