Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
A quick and easy recipe that is pretty darn close to the Frisco Melts served in the restaurant and a favorite here at our house.
- 2 tablespoons thousand island dressing
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb chuck
- 8 slices sourdough bread
- 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
- 2 tablespoons onions, diced fine
- 8 slices American cheese
- 4 slices swiss cheese
- Combine Thousand Island Dressing and ketchup thoroughly, set aside.
- Form ground beef into 8 thin patties.
- Pan fry to desired doneness, set patties aside.
- While patties are cooking, lightly toast all 8 slices of bread in a toaster.
- Drain the excess fat from the skillet, add 1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine to the skillet (medium heat) and add all the onions when butter has melted.
- Cook onions 2-3 minutes or until softened, remove and set aside- do not drain skillet.
- Place 4 slices of bread in the skillet (or as many as you can at once; repeat the following steps in smaller increments if necessary).
- Cook 1-2 minutes, or the bread is until lightly toasted. Flip bread and toast other side.
- Remove from the skillet, melt the remaining butter and repeat the toasting with the remaining slices of bread.
- Top bottom slices of bread with one slice of American cheese.
- Layer one beef patty on top of cheese, then a slice of Swiss cheese, another beef patty, another slice of American cheese.
- Distribute grilled onions evenly on all four sandwiches.
- Spread top slices of bread with the dressing mixture, and close sandwiches.
- Cut each sandwich in half diagonally, and serve with 2 lettuce leaves and 2 tomato slices.
Amazing! I've been trying to find out how Steak 'n Shake gets their thousand dressing to taste so much different (and so much better) from the store-bought variety for ages. It's so simple, yet I could never have figured it out on my own. Without this key ingredient, a frisco melt isn't quite a frisco melt. Very happy I found this. Thanks!
We make something similar to this at the lil hometown restaurant I cook at, We call ours a rye burger, its chipped steak,sauteed onions on rye bread with american cheese no sauce though, i might have to make one with the thousand island and ketchup deal and see how that works out. Yours sounds delicious though thanks for sharing
Working at Steak n Shake has been a long time family tradition, with 2 years experience for myself, and I can say that this is not the recipe for their Frisco sauce. It does have thousand island, but rather than ketchup, it has French dressing mixed in with it.