Patty Melts

Stacked patty melts

We love food on the grill but it was a “no go” the other night due to pouring rain ~ who wants to stand out in the rain with an umbrella and grill?  Guess I could’ve gone out and held the umbrella over Bill but, that didn’t enter my mind then.  ;)  So, the perfect solution was patty melts for dinner.

A patty melt is simply a ground beef patty, topped with cheese and caramelized grilled onions, served on rye toast.

First of all, I caramelized the onions, then toasted the bread on the griddle, cooked the burgers, topped them with cheese, then assembled the sandwiches and finished with grilling them.  I made the burgers in an oval shape a little larger than our favorite rye bread. If you prefer Swiss cheese, use that.  And there you have a great sandwich. 

Patty melts are quintessential diner food!  And then are tuna melts…  Have you ever enjoyed them?



5 tablespoons butter
2 large Vidalia onions, sliced thinly
8 slices rye bread
1½ pounds chuck ground beef
8 slices American cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste


Melt 2 tablespoons of butter on griddle or in skillet.
Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally until caramelized, about 20 minutes.
Remove onions, set aside.
Lay bread slices flat on a plate or waxed paper.
Butter each slice of bread on the top side, dividing 1 tablespoon of butter.
Flip bread and butter other side with 1 tablespoon of butter, divided.
Toast bread on both sides on the griddle until bread is a light golden color, about 1 minute per side.
Set bread aside.
Divide beef into 4 patties and season with salt and pepper.
Cook until beef is medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side.
Remove patties from griddle.
Assemble sandwiches:
Lay 4 slices of toasted bread on griddle.
Top each with ¼ of onion mixture, one beef patty, one slice of cheese and another slice of toasted bread.
Melt remaining tablespoon of butter on griddle.
Grill sandwiches on both sides, for a short time until the cheese is melted and toast is a golden brown.



  1. I love both patty melt and tuna melt! I never tried to make it at home but I would like to try making tuna melt this summer! Your patty melt looks mouth watering!

  2. This looks so yummy! My favroite sandwich is a bacon wrapped cheese burger with onion rings on the side! Not the healthies, but definately the more delicious!

  3. Oh yum. I have a real weakness for these.

  4. Anything that has rye bread with it has to taste good! This looks very yummy. Sure though it would have been more fun with Bill outside and the umbrella :-) Diane

  5. Cheese melts are awesome sandwiches! Looks so good....

  6. My husband will thank you for this post! He loves patty melts! We are also grill fans. More pour range probably feels neglected in the summer.

  7. They seems to be so delicious!!

  8. Now that's my kind of sandwich! Mmmm. Any chance it's fat and cholesterol free so I can make for the hubby? ;-)

  9. These look excellent! Love burgers of any sort! These rock, thanks!

  10. Darn rain! Oh well, this looks fabulous! I love patty melts. I haven't eaten one in way too long! When I was a kid there was a restaurant in town called Plush Pippen that served up a mean patty melt. I used to order them all the time. :)

  11. I could totally go for this, it looks so comforting and delicious.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. that Voltaire quote on your sidebar is positively awesome!

  12. Love Patty Melts, yours is giving me a craving!

  13. I haven't had a patty melt in such a long time. Yours look perfect.

  14. They look really wonderful Pam :-}

  15. I've never had a patty melt. Every time I go to a diner I have to order a grilled cheese with tomato. So thanks for putting the thought in my head. Now I'm craving a grilled cheese. ughh

  16. These sound sooo good! I have never tried making these. When I was younger, there was a restaurant in my town that made them, and I loved them but never quite knew how to prepare them at home. Thanks for telling me how:)

  17. Mausi, Thanks! You'll have to give it a try at home!

    Catherine, great! Your favorite sounds pretty tasty to me! Thanks!

    Susan, me too! Love everything about it except the calories.

    Diane, LOL! I'll have to do that the next time and see how it goes!

    Biren, thank you! It's a yummy sandwich!

    Leah, glad you both like this! My range loves having a summer vacation!

    Lia, they are! Thank you!

    Me, Myself and Pie, sorry! It's loaded with both and that is why even though we love it, we have it only occasionally. Thanks for the visit!

    Debbi, thanks! Me too, love about any burger, especially out on the grill.

    theUngourmet, I agree with the rain but at least the flowers got a good watering. Have to love restaurants that know how to cook a good patty melt as you don't see them on many menus. Thanks!

    HH, thank you! I so agree with Voltaire, that's about my favorite food! ;)

    Carol, now you will have to make one! Thanks for the visit!

    Lyndsey, I know what you mean. It's something great! Thanks for stopping by!

    Brownieville Girl, thank you and you have a wonderful day!

    M, then you will have to try this! I've never had grilled cheese with tomato; it sounds great and I will have to give that a try! Thanks!

    Raina, get that griddle or skillet out and get to work! You'll love it, I bet!

  18. I want to reach in and take a bite! Thanks for reminding me of that Texas Sheet Cake recipe. I haven't made it in ages and it's so easy and good.


  19. Such enticing photos m'dear!
    You make cooking look so darn easy.
    You're always coming up with terrific stuff!

  20. Sounds great. I may just make them tonight as our grill is on the blink and it's raining here. Love tuna melts on English muffins with a tomato. By the way in England they just call them muffins:)

  21. From the Kitchen, I wish I could do that for you! For a great chocolate cake, it's the easiest one I know and delicious too! Thanks!

    corgidogmama, thank you for being so kind! This one is easy and gives a regular burger a break. Have a wonderful day!

    midwesttomidlands, good choice with the rain! I'm going to have to try the tomato on the tuna melt, sounds delicious! Funny with the English muffins! I imagine there are a lot of quirky food things like that. Good day!

  22. Patty melts always remind me of high school. I use to work at this restaurant called the Gateway Inn and they had THE BEST patty melts I've ever had. Thanks for the memory! These look fantastic!

  23. Jenn, great with the memories and it sounds like they were excellent patty melts. Thanks for stopping by!

  24. I love these, they are so simple and easy. YUMM-O Pam!

  25. Those look so goooood!!!!
    Sometimes I like my burgers fried in an iron skillet instead of on the grill....they just have a different flavor (that I love) topped with cheddar and mayo...yum!

  26. It's been so long since I've had a patty melt - they look terrific.

  27. Gonna have to keep my hubby away from you. He's a patty melt fanatic and I've never made them for him.

    This looks delicious!

  28. This would be so good for dinner tomorrow night!

  29. I love it! I can smell it now, hmm...drooling.

  30. Patty Melts are YUMMY! I don't know why but I rarely make them at home. It takes a reminder like your post to get it back on the menu. Thanks!

  31. Hi!!! Just found your blog! So excited to go back and check out all your posts!! I love patty melts! Those look delicious!! :)

  32. Linda, you're welcome! I hope you try them one of these days!

    Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle, welcome! It's nice to meet you and I hope you enjoy your look around. Thanks for stopping by!

  33. I think anything with the word melt in it sounds awesome, so I would totally be on board for these! Thank god for the rain :P

  34. Pam you are a life saver - we are getting rained out here in the UK and our BBQ summer is disappearing . . . and just like you I normally usher everyone inside and we have an "indoors BBQ". These Patty Melts are new to me and I love the idea of trying the rye bread! Thank you very much for the recipe!

  35. Joanne, sometimes rain brings a good thing! Melt is what it's all about! Have a good day!

    Sue, it's raining again right now so no grilling again today. Now I'll have to come up with something else inside. Hope you try this!

  36. Mine too! And now I must have one.

  37. We have burgers all the time and I never think to turn them into a patty melt. Thanks for the incentive.

  38. OMGoodness I'm loving this!! Saw you at Chef E thought I'd stop by and say hi and stay for a while, how yummy is that!

  39. Patty melts are my all time favorite way to eat hamburger.

  40. Debbie, go for it and enjoy!

    Carla and Michael, you're welcome and I hope you give it a try the next time you have a burger!

    Alexis AKA MOM, thank you! It's nice to meet you and I'm glad you stopped by!

    Mimi, me too ~ love burgers! Have a great day!

  41. Oh this does look like the burger at a dinner we used to eat at- so yummy!

  42. Anne, it's a great burger! Thanks!

  43. I have this same dish set to post in a couple weeks (i'm ahead fortunately in posts) but we love patty melts. My daughter doesn't like them with rye bread so we do sourdough for her (that's gonna post too in a couple weeks-San Francisco burgers)
    my father ate them alot when I was a kid. I wonder if it was more eatten twenty years ago. I don't see them on menus as much any more.

  44. Shamrocks and Shenanigans, you're right! It doesn't seem to be on menus as often now as in the past. I love sourdough bread, especially fresh in SF, and will have to try it that way. Can't wait to see your SF burgers!!


Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!
~ James Beard

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