A Culinary Throwback: The Classic Patty Melt Recipe

Embark on a nostalgic journey through time with the Classic Patty Melt—a timeless delight that combines juicy beef, melty cheese, and golden caramelized onions, all enveloped by buttery, toasted bread. This culinary throwback promises comfort and deliciousness, taking you back to the era when simple yet flavorful dishes stole the spotlight. Join us as we guide you through the steps of recreating this iconic and satisfying Classic Patty Melt.

Ingredients: For the Onions:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium Vidalia or Walla Walla onions
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) salted butter

For the Patty Melt:

  • Peanut oil or mild vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds freshly ground beef (preferably 80%)
  • Salt
  • Salted or unsalted butter
  • 8 to 10 slices crusty bakery bread or seeded rye
  • 8 to 10 slices American cheese (or melty cheese of choice)


Cook the Onions:

  1. Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Slice onions into thin rings and add to the skillet. Cook until softened, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add salt, stir, and then add white wine. Continue cooking until the liquid evaporates.
  4. Reduce heat, add butter, and cook until the onions are golden brown, which usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.

Make the Patty Melt:

  1. Wipe out the skillet and add enough oil to coat the surface over medium heat.
  2. Shape the ground beef into patties, season with salt, and cook until browned—approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  3. Place the burgers on a wire rack. Butter one side of each bread slice.
  4. In the skillet, place a slice of bread buttered side down, add cheese, patty, caramelized onions, more cheese, and another bread slice (buttered side up).
  5. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 minutes, then carefully flip and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  6. Remove the patty melt from the skillet and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. Serve hot.

Conclusion: Revel in the simplicity and irresistible flavor of the Classic Patty Melt. This timeless recipe captures the essence of a bygone era, offering a satisfying combination of textures and tastes. Whether you’re recreating this classic for yourself or sharing it with friends and family, the Classic Patty Melt is a delicious journey back in time. Devour it hot and relish the memories of comfort and culinary goodness.

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