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Classic Patty Melts

Total Time
35 min
10 min
25 min
These homemade patty melts are irresistible, with silky onions, gooey cheese, and toasted rye bread. We don’t use a traditional caramelization method for the onions; instead, we cook them over medium-high heat the entire time so they not only get buttery soft but also deliciously charred in places with less fat in less time.


Cooking spray

6 spray(s)

Canola oil

1½ tsp

Uncooked onion(s)

2 large, halved vertically and thinly sliced

Kosher salt

1 tsp, divided

Black pepper

¾ tsp, divided

Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

Reduced fat American cheese

4 slice(s)

Light rye bread

8 slice(s), toasted


  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add the oil and onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Continue cooking until the onions are very soft, deeply browned, and charred in spots, adding water 2 tablespoons at a time as needed to prevent scorching, about 10 more minutes. Stir in ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, divide the beef into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a ½-inch-thick patty roughly the size and shape of your bread. Season with the remaining ½ tsp each salt and pepper.
  3. Remove the onions from the pan and wipe it clean with paper towels. Heat skillet over medium-high. Coat with cooking spray. Add patties to the pan. Cook until well browned and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Top each with 1 cheese slice. Top 4 of the bread slices with patties and some of the onions. Place remaining 4 bread slices on top.
  4. Serving size: 1 sandwich