Old-Fashioned Patty Melts


Old-Fashioned Patty Melts

Old-Fashioned Patty Melts
20 Min

Everything about these Old-Fashioned Patty Melts is perfect, from the beef patty smothered in cheesy, oniony goodness, to the toasted and buttery rye bread. This sandwich is sure to have you saying "Ooh, it's so GOUDA!"

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 4 slices Gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island salad dressing

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter; saute onion 6 to 8 minutes, or until it starts to brown. Remove to a bowl and cover.
  2. Shape beef into 2 oval patties; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In the same skillet over medium heat, cook patties 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in center. Remove from skillet and keep warm.
  4. Spread remaining butter over one side of each slice of bread. Place in skillet buttered side down, and toast until lightly browned.
  5. To assemble a sandwich, place a slice of cheese on a piece of toast, top with a beef patty, half the onion slices, and half the salad dressing. Top with another slice of cheese and piece of toast; repeat with second sandwich, then serve immediately.


We love some coleslaw as a go-along to this delicious sandwich, so why not make your own by whipping up a batch of our Country Coleslaw!

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OMG, just like the patty melts at Walgreen's lunch counter 50years ago. Beats any of the modern, confused patty melts.

Couldn't give it 5 stars as written. I hate Thousand Island so I definitely left it off! I grill the onions, place them on the beef patty, fold it into an oval and pan grill it until done. I also make a grilled cheese with the rye bread/gouda cheese then pull it apart to add the beef/onion patty with a touch of roasted garlic aioli. Serve with sweet potato fries and the roasted garlic aioli as a dipping sauce. And, YES, Country Coleslaw!

The mom and pop diner I worked for when I was younger made Patty melts and they were really good. I can't wait to try this recipe. Hopefully, it is as good as I remember it being. This is going on my list of recipes to try soon.

Howard I have made this recipe several times and it is delicious. Love those patty melts!

I just made this last week. Hubby and the kids gave it a big thumbs up. I didn't have Gouda so I made it with American cheese and a homemade Thousand Island dressing and grilled them in a panini pan (in place of step 4). I will be making this again soon!!

Ooh it was so good!

This patty melt is awesome. Aside from the fact that I'm a huge fan of Gouda cheese, I think the combination of the caramelized onions and the dressing atop rye is so delicious. There are many more patty melts like this one in my future. yummy

It is always nice to see a review by someone who actually made this recipe. Definitely going to try it now. THANK YOU!

So good! Better than the Steak & Shake patty melt I always order! Like the poster's homemade dressing idea, will try that next time.

If it's a patty melt, shouldn't it be grilled or heated for the cheese to melt?

The heat of the patty should melt the cheese, but you can do it the old fashioned way and melt cheese on the patty before removing from the pan.

This recipe is great just as is. I will be making again very soon.

I have to try this; but I have a tasty sauce that resembles the 'old fashion big mac sauce.' Combine 1 cup of mayonnaise (I use Hellmann's), 1/3 cup creamy French dressing, 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dried minced onion and salt and peeper to 'your taste.' Store in refrigerator; makes 1 and 1/2 cups. My husband and grandchildren love this on their hamburgers! Doesn't take long to fix, and sure is tasty! Thanks "Mr. Food" for all the 'very yummy recipes' and 'ideas.' Sincerely, 'little ole' Ohio cook'

Diners in my hometown used mayo (more like Miracle Whip at most places) instead of the dressing.

I like the idea of using Thousand Island Dressing - maybe, even, in addition to the pickles, onions and mustard - and catsup, of course. Oh - we also like to put salsa on our burgers. But this recipe looks like a winner - will serve soon!

this is like the cheese burger a very good restrant in my city serves except they used pickles, onions, & mustard instead of 1000 isle dressing. will try the i000 isle dressing & grilled onion for a change


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