Ultimate Patty Melt

Indulge in the savory goodness of the ultimate patty melt, a mouthwatering combination of juicy beef patties, caramelized onions, and gooey melted cheese, all sandwiched between slices of crusty bread. This classic diner favorite is easy to make at home and guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for a hearty, comforting meal.


For the Onions:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium Vidalia or Walla Walla onions
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) salted butter

For the Patty Melt:

  • Peanut oil or mild vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds freshly ground beef (preferably 80%)
  • Salt
  • Salted or unsalted butter
  • 8 to 10 slices crusty bakery bread or seeded rye
  • 8 to 10 slices American cheese (or melty cheese of choice)


Cook the Onions:

  1. Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Slice onions into thin rings and add to the skillet. Cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add salt, stir, and then add wine. Cook until liquid evaporates.
  4. Reduce heat, add butter, and cook until onions are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.

Make the Patty Melt:

  1. Wipe out the skillet and add enough oil to coat the surface over medium heat.
  2. Shape ground beef into patties, season with salt, and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  3. Place burgers on a wire rack. Butter one side of each bread slice.
  4. In the skillet, place a slice of bread buttered side down, add cheese, patty, onions, more cheese, and another bread slice (buttered side up).
  5. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 minutes, then flip and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Remove the patty melt from the skillet and repeat with remaining ingredients. Devour hot.


  • For added flavor, try using caramelized onions instead of raw onions.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese for a unique twist on this classic dish.
  • Serve with pickles, fries, or your favorite side dish for a complete meal experience.

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