The Best Patty Melt Recipe

Cheese, onions, and a juicy burger patty meet in this perfectly satisfying sandwich.

Burger patty melt

Take the meat from a good burger, the caramelized onions off a slider, the buttery toast from a grilled cheese made with the rye bread from a good deli sandwich, and top it all with the melted Swiss from a Reuben, and you've got yourself one hell of a sandwich.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 2 slices rye bread

  • 4 slices American cheese, torn into large pieces

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese, torn into large pieces

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 pound freshly ground chuck, formed into two 4-ounce patties, roughly the size and shape of 1 slice bread

  • 1 large onion, split in half, sliced thin from pole to pole (about 2 cups)

  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 12-inch heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat until foaming. Add two slices bread and swirl around pan using hand or spatula. Cook, swirling occasionally until pale golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to cutting board cooked-side up. Divide American cheese evenly between slices, layering them in the center and leaving a 1/4-inch gap around the edges.

    toasting bread for burger melt
  2. Repeat step 1 with remaining bread slices and Swiss cheese.

    Adding cheese to a sandwich
  3. Season hamburger patties on both sides with salt and pepper. Return skillet to heat to high and melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet until light brown. Swirl to coat bottom of skillet and add both burger patties. Cook without moving until dark brown crust forms on first side, about 1 1/2 minutes, reducing heat to medium if butter begins to burn or smoke excessively. Flip burgers using spatula and cook on second side without moving until crust develops, 1 1/2 minutes longer.

    cooking burgers in pan
  4. Transfer burger patties to plate and reduce heat to medium. Add onions, 1 tablespoon butter, and 2 tablespoons water to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly and scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet until water evaporates and onions start to fry and leave brown residue on bottom of pan. Add another 2 tablespoons water and continue to cook. Repeat two more times until water is used up and onions are soft and deep golden brown. Add collected juices from meat plate to onions and continue to cook for 30 seconds. Onions should be moist, but not dripping.

  5. Divide onion mixture evenly between cheese-topped toast slices. Add burger patties to slices with American cheese and close sandwiches.

    putting together burger patty melt
  6. Add 1 tablespoon butter to skillet. Return to medium heat and cook until butter melts. Sprinkle with salt. Swirl to coat pan and add sandwiches. Cook, swirling sandwiches around pan frequently until deep golden brown on bottom, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwiches from skillet, melt remaining tablespoon butter in pan and sprinkle with salt. Return sandwiches to skillet and cook, swirling frequently until second side is golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

    burger patty melt

Special equipment

12-inch heavy-bottomed skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1043 Calories
82g Fat
22g Carbs
56g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 1043
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 82g 105%
Saturated Fat 45g 225%
Cholesterol 276mg 92%
Sodium 1610mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 1119mg 86%
Iron 4mg 25%
Potassium 745mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)