Patty Melt

04 Oct

An American classic burger served on toasted bread that has a piece of American cheese on each side of the hamburger patty with fried onions smothered on top.

-By Carrie (Strommen) Lennie


1 hamburger patty
2 slices white bread
2 slices Kraft American processed cheese
1 thick slice of a medium onion, quartered
Butter for bread and for frying onions


  1. In a heavy frying pan on medium-high heat, (or a flat-top grill) cook the burger until juices run clear and are no longer pink. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, thinly butter both sides of each piece of bread, set aside until the burger has been cooking for 5 minutes.
  3. When there are about five minutes left to the burger, place the bread in a large frying pan or on a flat-top grill and cook on medium-low heat until it is golden brown. Turn the pieces of bread over so both sides are toasted.
  4. At the same time you start toasting the bread, in a small frying pan over medium-high heat, cook the onions with a little butter until brown. If you use too much butter or too low of heat, the onions will be sautéed instead of fried. Once they are browned, you can turn the heat down to low just to keep them warm.
  5. When the burger is done, before you remove it from the pan, place the onions on top of the patty and cover them with one of the slices of cheese. Cover the frying pan so the cheese will melt over the burger.
  6. Choose one of the pieces of toasted bread as the bottom piece and place the other slice of cheese on top of it.
  7. Remove the burger from the frying pan and place it on top of the bread that has the slice of cheese on it. Cover with the remaining piece of toasted bread. Cut in half and serve.
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Main Dishes


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