Homemade Patty Melt Recipes That Beat the Diner's
The ground beef patty melt is classic diner food. It's like a grilled cheese, but with major beefy benefits. It's the cheeseburger's fraternal twin brother. Of course, what separates the patty melt from a burger is the melt goes bun-free. Instead, the patty melt favors sandwich bread, which, when toasted, has a tremendous textural advantage over the burger bun. Butter-toasted bread puts the toasty part on the outside, where it stays crispy. With burger buns, even a toasted bun can quickly get soggy from the juicy patty and the moist heat radiating off the hot meat and cheese. Plus, there are so many bread options. Rye bread, Texas toast, sourdough, pumpernickel, classic white bread, whole grains, whatever you like. Give these top-rated patty melts a try! And to see how to get crispy cheesy goodness on the outside of your bread, check out Chef John's video for the inside-out grilled cheese.
Tex-Mex Patty Melts
These patty melts feature the tastes of Tex-Mex, with chili seasoning mix, minced chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, a splash of beer, and pepperjack cheese. Kathy F. rates it 5 stars: "Love the Chipotle/Mayo sauce and loved the pepper jack cheese. I did not make these as patty melts just made them as regular burgers on toasted whole wheat rolls. These are great such a different spin on burgers!!
Gourmet Patty Melts
The patty melt goes gourmet with seasoned ground sirloin, sauteed onions, and Cheddar cheese. "A heavenly patty melt experience!" says Suzanne.
Classic Patty Melt
A classic on rye. "A quick, easy, and basic recipe for patty melts," says Yoly. "I used Jewish rye bread but any bread will work as long as it's rye. I double the cheese but feel free to use 1 slice per patty melt."
Sweet onions, balsamic vinegar, Dijon-mayo, and nutty Jarlsberg cheese are the secret ingredients with this tangy patty melt.
Grilled Cheese Patty Melts
"This mouthwatering meal combines the comfort of a grilled cheese sandwich with the deliciousness of a cheeseburger into a juicy, satisfying patty melt," says Laura. The patties are seasoned with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Montreal-style steak seasoning.
St. Patty Melt
Irish Cheddar cheese and braised kale and mustard greens are the star of the show here. "If you think substituting braised greens for the patty is crazy, you're not alone, because that's what I thought," says Chef John. "Then I tried it and was treated to one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches of my life. Even if you never use these greens to make a grilled cheese sandwich, you should still master this recipe to serve as a side to meat, with pasta, or scrambled into some eggs. This stuff is just shockingly delicious. I served mine with radishes and cornichons."
Diner-Style Patty Melt
Caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and broiled rye bread are the keys to this classic. "These patty melts are quick to put together, and are better than a diner because they're not nearly as greasy!" says thedailygourmet.
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