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The ultimate comfort food, this classic patty melt satisfies even the pickiest eater. Juicy ground beef, sweet caramelized onions, cheese, and buttery, grilled bread makes for the perfect weeknight dinner option.



For the caramelized onions:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the patty melts

  • 1 pound freshly ground chuck, (80/20)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 thick slices deli-counter American cheese
  • 8 thick slices sourdough bread
  • ½ cup thousand island dressing
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


  1. In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onions and stir to coat with the melted butter. Stir in the sugar. Cover and allow to steam for 10 – 12 minutes.
  2. After 12 minutes, remove the cover and stir the onions. Lower the heat to low and allow the onions to carmelize until completely golden brown – about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, and pepper until just combined. Don’t overmix the meat or they will be tough.
  4. Shape the meat into 4 rectangular shaped patties. The patties should be roughly the same shape and size of the bread. Allow them to stay at room temperature while you preheat your skillet or grill.
  5. Preheat the grill, grill pan, or griddle to high heat.
  6. Add the burger patties and cook until a crust forms on the bottom. You will know when this has happened when you can easily flip the burger because it has released from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Flip and cool another 2 minutes on the other side for another 2 -3 minutes. Remove from pan to a plate to rest.
  8. To assemble the patty melt, spread both sides of sourdough bread with thousand island dressing. Add a beef patty, 2 slices of American cheese and ¼ of the carmelized onions.
  9. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Melt a half tablespoon of butter for each sandwich.
  10. Carefully slide a sandwich into the hot skillet and grill until golden brown and slightly crispy – about 3 minutes. Flip and grill the other side for another 3 minutes.
  11. Remove the sandwich from the pan to a plate.
  12. Slice the sandwich down the middle and serve with additional thousand island dressing, if desired
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • Serving Size: Serves 4