Recipe: Patty Melts

Another winner from the Pioneer Woman! Here’s her original recipe with all the great step-by-step photos and instructions. My version is below. They were SO good, I can’t wait to make them again. Enjoy!

Patty Melts


1 large onion, sliced
1-1/2 pound ground sirloin
a few dashes Worcestershire sauce
8 slices baby swiss cheese
8 slices sourdough bread


In a medium skillet, melt 2 Tablespoons butter over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and cook slowly for 20 to 25 minutes stirring occasionally until onions are golden brown and soft. (I have some step-by-step instructions for caramelizing onions here.)

While the onions are cooking, combine ground beef, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into four oblong patties (or whatever shape fits your bread!)

Remove onions to a bowl and set aside. Heat a bit more butter in the same skillet, and cook the beef patties on both sides until totally done in the middle.

Butter one side of each piece of bread. Wipe skillet (or use a griddle) and assemble sandwiches as follows: one slice of bread (buttered side down), slice of cheese, hamburger patty, 1/4 of the cooked onions, another slice of cheese, and another slice of bread (buttered slice up). Cook on both sides until golden brown and crisp, and cheese is melted. Slice and serve!


  • Patty melts are typically made with rye bread but I don’t like it so I use sourdough. Use whatever you like!
  • If baby swiss isn’t your thing, pick your favorite cheese. Anything works!
  • A printer-friendly version of this recipe can be found here.

Patty Melts

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