Copycat Steak 'n' Shake Frisco Melts

"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."
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  • 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.

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  1. sonicbluetm
    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!
  2. kari 17
    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
  3. Kyle R.
    Not terrible, the burger is built right, but the sauce is off... it needs some French dressing combined with the thousand island to achieve that classic sweetness the steak n shake Frisco is known for. Specifically it's 3 parts thousand island 1 part French.
  4. Seed P.
    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.
  5. Jazz Lover
    These hamburgers were excellent. I don't know if the taste like Steak 'n Shake (I have never had one), but it is a nice change from a normal hamburger on a bun.



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