Classic Patty Melt

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By Beth Pierce
from Old Monroe, MO

This mouthwatering good Classic Patty Melt is even better than the old diners and dives that your parents took you to. The beef patty is grilled to perfection with plenty of sweet melt in your mouth onions and homemade thousand island dressing.

serves 4
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top


  • 1/2 c
    cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated onion
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet pickle relish
  • 1/8 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1
    large onion cut in half and then sliced
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 8
    slices sourdough or rye bread
  • 8
    thick slices swiss cheese (preferably baby swiss)
  • butter

How To Make

  • 1
    In small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, grated onion, pickle relish, and paprika.
  • 2
    Place 2 tablespoons butter in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown approximately 10-15 minutes; stirring every few minutes.
  • 3
    Mix ground beef, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper. Form into four equal patties. Preheat skillet and cook over medium heat until golden brown and cooked through; flipping halfway through the cooking process.
  • 4
    Spread a little more than 1 tablespoon of dressing on each slice of bread. Place a piece of Swiss Cheese on each slice of bread. Add browned onions and one beef patty to four of the slices. Top with the remaining slices to form four sandwiches.
  • 5
    Butter top side of bread and place butter side down in skillet over medium low heat and cook until golden brown. Butter other side of bread before flipping. Flip and brown other side until golden brown and cheese is melted. It is helpful to cover the skillet with aluminum foil while it is browning.