Patty melts are so good, y’all. I’ve always seen them on the menus of plenty of restaurants, Brian has gotten them plenty of times, but I never paid attention to them until I saw an episode of The Kitchen on Food Network.
This lady who guest-starred on an episode sold me on the patty melt as a comfort food: caramelized onions, thick slices of bread, many slices of gooey cheese, and a burger patty that is encased in it all.
Oh, and butter. Butter that’s spread from crust to crust on each slice of bread.
Crust to crust is, apparently, a must.
And I definitely agree: the butter helps the make the bread so crispy and delicious when you press it. You can cook these on a griddle or pan with a weight (like a cast iron skillet) on top; use a panini press; or use a George Foreman grill (we have a mini one, a gift from Mama Paula).
These are good for a weekend family dinner, like a Saturday after Little League. Got a question: do most Dominicans put their sons in baseball? Because the moment y son, Greyson, learned to stand up my husband, his dad, step dad and uncles were all talking about getting him into baseball. My husband’s little brothers are in baseball, and I’ve been told baseball is celebrated as the Dominican Republic’s national pastime. I’m guessing it’s a wright of passage for the little boys. *shrugs*
These are so simple to make and taste absolutely delicious, they are a change from typical burgers but really satisfy that craving. Because who doesn’t have cravings for burgers, right? Right?
Because Lord, I was craving Five Guys…don’t judge me.
5 yellow onions, sliced and caramelized
1 1/2 lbs ground beef (I love a chuck/sirloin mix), made into 4 patties and seasoned to your liking with salt and pepper
8 thick slices of bread (I used a sourdough bread, some people like using Texas Toast, or Italian bread but I’ve heard Rye bread is the classic)
16-20 slices of cheese of your choice
Salted or unsalted butter
1. Put a large high sided skillet or grill pan on medium high heat. Place 2-3 burgers in the pan (whatever fits comfortably, we want them to sear not steam) and cook each side for 3-4 minutes. Don’t try to force your patties to come off the pan, they will release when ready.
2. Prepare your melts by buttering one side of each slice of bread (the outside side), putting one or two slices of cheese on each slice, and heaping a small pile of caramelized onions on one of the slices per sandwich.
3. Heat up your griddle, pan, panini press, whatever you’re using (I use a mini George Foreman grill!) to medium heat and finish assembling your patty melts with the burger. Put your melt on the griddle and press with a heavy pan, or use your panini press.
4. If you’re using a pan, flip your melt after about 2-3 minutes. Your bread should be a golden brown and deliciously crispy. Repeat on the other side.
5. Enjoy your awesome patty melts with fries, chips, the game, a shake, whatever you want. You can also add whatever you want to your melt, it’s just as customizable as any other burger or sandwich.