Posted by: lifewithbs | July 8, 2011

Patty Melt

Sometimes you  just need a burger.

The other night I was feeling a little grumpy due to car troubles and an over abundance of hormones, but perked up considerably when I realized we had all the ingredients needed to make a patty melt. A good burger is a guaranteed way to put me in a better mood. Thankfully, patty melts are easy to make and don’t require the grill.

You don’t really need a recipe for patty  melts, but here’s how I make mine.

Patty Melt

1/3 pound of ground beef

1/4 yellow onion, sliced

2 pieces bread, preferably rye

2 slices american cheese

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


First, melt about a tablespoon of butter in a small skillet over low heat. I find a regular skillet, not a non-stick, works best. Slice the onion and stir into the butter. Stir often, as the onions caramelize.

Next, form the ground beef into a patty. Salt and pepper both sides generously.

Melt a little butter over medium heat in a non-stick skillet, and add the burger.

Cook about 7 minutes, then flip.

Cook about another 5 minutes, until it is almost to your desired doneness. For me, it was to 155 degrees. The burger will continue to cook a bit as you grill the sandwich.

Transfer the burger to a plate temporarily, and use a spatula to dispose of most of the pan drippings. Add in a little bit more butter, and lay one of the pieces of bread on top. Top with one slice of cheese.

Add half of the carmelized onions.

Next the burger… then the rest of the onions. Finish it off with the remaining slices of cheese and bread.

Let it cook a few minutes, and use a spatula to gently smush the sandwich together. Use two spatulas to flip (one to hold the sandwich together, and one to flip).

Cook another few minutes until both sides of the bread are grilled, and you’re done!

I paired mine with some tater tots. Definitely not the prettiest or healthiest meal ever, but it sure did hit the spot and lift my spirits.

Brett is now on his 13th day of work in a row. The poor guy gets tomorrow off, but then its back to working non stop. I have come down with a cold and am looking forward to sleeping a lot this weekend.

I’m pretty sure Izzy will be more than happy to keep me company 🙂



  1. I was thinking about having a burger today. This cinches the deal, though I’ll probably just throw a couple of Bubba Burgers on the grill and have with grilled onions and roasted tomatoes. MMMM my mouth was watering after reading about your Patty Melt. (hope Izzy got some burger too!) – Dad

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