I know this might be odd but I have a thing for a really good patty melt. It’s one of the items that I always consider when eating out. There is just something about rye bread, meat, cheddar cheese and onions all grilled up that make me swoon. So if you are in the mood for a tasty meal that is pretty simple to make, try these.
Rye bread, cheese, meat and onions all grilled to perfection
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- Salt & pepper
- 12 slices cheddar cheese
- 6 slices Russian rye bread
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 sweet or yellow onion, sliced thin
- Butter to spread on bread
On a clean surface, divide the meat into three equal portions. You could do four or five patties if you want your melts to be thinner. Flatten the meat into an oblong oval patty. You want it to be at least as big as the bread slices but preferably bigger as the meat will shrink while it cooks.
Season both sides of patties with desired amount of salt and pepper. I usually do a light sprinkle as the cheddar and onions give it a nice flavor.
Place the patties in a large skillet and heat to medium/high. Cook thoroughly until there is no pink.
While patties are cooking, melt 6 tbsp of butter in a medium skillet and add onions. Cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until they are soft and beginning to brown. Set aside.
Once patties are done, place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess grease.
Take out 6 slices of rye bread and spread butter onto one side of each slice.
In a clean skillet heated to medium/high, place a slice of bread, butter side down. Add 2 slices of cheddar, then a meat patty, then desired amount of onions, then another 2 slices of cheddar and top with another slice of rye bread with the butter side up. Brown the first side of bread and then carefully flip the melt to brown the other side. Once you have flipped the melt, press down on the already browned side of bread to flatten the melt a little.
Once both sides are browned, remove and place on cutting board and repeat with other patties.
These are so good even without the onions. Try dipping them in some good quality ranch dressing. Super tasty!