Patty Melt

Patty Melt
Patty Melt
Some say that the patty melt—a griddled sandwich of ground beef, caramelized onions, cheese, and rye bread—isn't technically a burger, because it has no bun. We love it just the same. Get the recipe »Andre Baranowski

Some say that the patty melt — a griddled sandwich of ground beef, caramelized onions, cheese, and rye bread — isn't technically a burger, because it has no bun. We love it just the same.

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Patty Melt
Some say that the patty melt — a griddled sandwich of ground beef, caramelized onions, cheese, and rye bread — isn't technically a burger, because it has no bun. We love it just the same.
Yield: makes 6 Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 12 lb. ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 12 slices rye bread
  • 12 thin slices cheddar, swiss, or American cheese
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

Instructions

  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Divide meat into six 14"-thick patties that are slightly wider and longer than the bread.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12" cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl; wipe out skillet. Working in 3 batches, heat 1 tbsp. oil in skillet over high heat. Add 2 burger patties; cook, flipping once, until well browned, about 4 minutes total. Transfer patties to a plate.
  3. Top each of 6 bread slices with some of the onions, a cheese slice, and a burger patty. Top each burger with a cheese slice and a piece of bread. Using a table knife, spread butter over the top and bottom of each sandwich.
  4. Heat a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in 3 batches, cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and hot, about 6 minutes.

Pairing Note: The sweet onions and earthy rye bread in this sandwich call for a fruity Belgian-style beer, like Ommegang Abbey Ale ($8 for 750 milliliters), from New York State.