Blue Plate Special: Classic Patty Melts

Occasionally, Adam and I fall victim to the very problem that this little blog is supposed to solve: What the heck to we eat for dinner?

Usually, I can throw something mediocre together with what's in the house, but when the rogue head of cauliflower has gone mushy, and there's not a leafy green to be found, sometimes we call in the emergency forces. Or rather, Adam runs out to the store for a few ingredients to complete a meal.

Bread. Cheese. Ground beef. Green beans. You know, the essentials. It had been decided, dinner was going to be an old diner classic: Patty melts.

classic patty melt

A patty melt, as I can best explain it, is the perfect marriage between the juicy burger and grilled cheese sandwich. The only thing that makes it even more special is the addition of caramelized onions and, if you like it, a dip of Thousand Island dressing. I'm a weirdo and don't like Thousand Island. Oh well.

I hesitate to call this a recipe, as it's one of my "throw a bunch of things together" kind of meals, but I would definitely call it a process. I'll even number the steps for you!

  1. Thinly slice two medium yellow onions. Heat a frying pan with a Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions to the pan, lower the heat to medium, and sprinkle the onions with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cook slowly until a lovely caramelly brown. This might take 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Make your favorite burgers. I used a simple 1 pound of beef, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. The key here is to make your burgers fairly thin and cook them a bit less than you'd normally.
  3. Brush a bit (less than 1/2 teaspoon) olive oil on one side of two pieces of bread.
  4. Assemble your sandwich as such with the oiled sides of the bread facing outward: sandwich
  5. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and place the assembled sandwich in the pan. Cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy, covering if necessary.
  6. Serve and devour.

Easy enough, yes?

classic patty melt

We enjoyed our blue-plate specials with some roasted fresh green beans and a hefty side of ketchup.

To say we enjoyed them is an understatement. Let's look at another photo of the deliciousness, shall we?

classic patty melt

These were messy, gooey, drippy and delicious, and oddly comforting. And the fact that they had melty cheese and sweet caramelized onions only made them better.

And for those of you wondering, we used Healthy Life low-carb bread which was the perfect size and thickness for these sandwiches. Anything heartier or thicker would've made these more of a burger sandwich and less of a melt… and the melt is part of the glory that is the patty melt.

So make one, and enjoy!



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7 Responses to Blue Plate Special: Classic Patty Melts

  1. Kimberly says:


  2. haha I love that the words “your best burger” happen to be medium rare 😛 perfect!
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  3. Oh patty melts…I had a moch meat one today at a veggie place here in SoCal! And since I’ve never had a real one in my entire life…it was pretty good considering!

    And I never know what to have for dinner. Ever. Usually it ends up being a smoothie or some seasoned rice out of a box. LOL. Some foodie I am.
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  4. VanessaG says:

    That was one of my favorite meals as a kid. Of course ours wasn’t as good as yours. I may have to make your recipe and reminiscence on my childhood.

  5. Biz says:

    That’s too funny – had we not eaten a late breakfast I was going to make up patty melts for lunch today – but neither of us were hungry.

    Which is good – because I have the America’s Test Kitchen deep dish pizza in the oven – the same one you made – so pretty sure I’ve saved up enough calories by skipping lunch to eat two giant pieces!
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  6. That looks amazing Mara. I could eat that in a second!

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