My youngest asked for patty melts for dinner tonight. I had, as a matter of fact, a few hamburger patties in the freezer, mixed up and formed the last time I made a bunch of burgers. So I pulled two out to defrost as I started to saute some sliced onions in butter. I didn’t have rye bread or Swiss cheese. I did have white bread and Jack cheese. They came out fantastic, if slightly non-traditional.
- 1/4 cup butter plus more for grilling the sandwiches
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 2 1/4 pound hamburger patties
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 slices bread
- 2 slices cheese
- Melt the butter over medium low heat and add the onion slices. Stir and saute until golden and soft. The slower the better but if you're in a hurry, turn the heat up a bit.
- Cook the hamburger patties in another skillet, adding salt and pepper to taste.
- When the onions are done, remove them to a bowl.
- Spread some butter on two slices of bread and put them butter side down in the skillet. Slide the bread around a bit to coat it evenly with melted butter. Put a hamburger patty on top of each piece of bread. Spoon the onion on top of the patties, then add the cheese. Top with another piece of buttered bread, butter side up. Cook a few minutes until the bread is lightly browned. Flip over carefully, move the sandwiches around to spread the melting butter, and cook over medium low heat until the cheese is melted.
Cut in half and serve. With ketchup for dipping if you’ve a ketchup kind of person. Which we are.