Classic Patty Melts

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This is classic food at its best. I dare say it is better than a regular burger? In my opinion it is! This reminds me of 1950s diner food… not that I was back then… but from what I've seen on TV, this looks exactly like something that would have been served!

I remember my mother making a sandwich like this when I was little. Serve it with some fries and a pickle … and you have an easy meal that's a little different than your typical burger!

Classic Patty Melts

I remember my mother making a sandwich like this when I was little. Serve it with some fries and a pickle… and you'll have an easy meal that's a little different than your typical burger!


  • 1 tablespoon. Butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing, optional
  • 8 slices of rye bread
  • Butter for bread


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced ​​onions. Stir well to coat butter. Let cook for 10 minutes without stirring. With a spatula, flip the onions so that the bottom is now on top. Let cook for an additional 10 minutes without stirring. Lower the heat to medium-low and stir the onions. Let cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until the onions are caramelized. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat a skillet over high heat. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef with salt and pepper. Handle gently, mixing the seasoning with the meat. Divide and shape the meat into 4 patties. Place the patties in the pan and cook until the bottom is browned and is easily released from the pan. Carefully flip the empanadas and continue cooking to the desired point. Transfer to a plate to rest.
  3. Spread the bread on waxed paper. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Flip 4 slices of bread and top with desired amount of Thousand Island salad dressing. Add a patty to the top of the dressing. Divide the onions among the 4 sandwiches. Top each sandwich with a slice of cheese and the remaining slices of bread, butter side up.
  4. Place sandwiches in a preheated nonstick skillet or griddle. Cook until the bottom slice of bread is browned. Carefully flip the sandwich over and gently press down, cooking until the other side is browned. Remove the sandwich on a serving plate and cut it in half. Serve with additional Thousand Island if desired.


nutritional information
Portion size
Amount per proportion As served
Calories 492kcal Calories from fat 324
% Daily value
Total fat 36g 55%
Saturated fat 17g 85%
Trans fat 2 g
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 464mg 19%
Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary fiber 2 g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g

Daily value percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values ​​may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total carbohydrates 300g
Dietary fiber 25g

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