Perfect Patty Melt

"This is from the PBS television show "Cooks Country" My all time favorite sandwich, it was dreampt up by some genius in the 50's, no one is sure just who!"
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  • Tear up the 2 slices rye bread into small pieces, add the 2 T. milk and spices. Mash well, then mix with the hamburger, form into 4 patties, forming into the shape of the bread. Poke a hole in the center to prevent plumping.
  • In a large skillet melt 2 T. butter, add two patties and brown on one side only. Remove from pan and brown the other two.
  • Drain the fat reserving one teaspoon. put in the onions in the skillet and brown lightly, 8-10 minutes.
  • Lay the patties raw side down on the onions. Reduce the heat and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Remove every thing, wipe out the pan.
  • Butter the bread, (or just put butter in the pan).
  • On 4 slices of bread, put 1/4 cup cheese, put a patty on, put another 1/4 cup cheese on top, and a big pile of onions. Top with the other 4 slices.
  • Two at a time grill each sandwich. keeping the already done ones warm in a low oven.

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  1. OMG - this is even better than a patty melt at the local diner! Great flavor and much more filling. I made this exactly as posted, except I used Swiss cheese slices, rather than grated. The end result was gooey, cheesy, oniony goodness! I served this with some homemade pub fries for a truly indulgent meal! Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe!
  2. Yum! This was the first patty melt I've ever tried, and it was lovely. Made it with rye bread for DH and buckwheat bread for me to be gluten free. Also I used goat's cheese which is much like swiss. The instructions are great, it would never have occurred to me to fry the second side of the patty on top of the onions. This goes very well with a green salad, and I'll make it again for sure :) Thanks for sharing!
  3. Oh Oh My, these Pammy Melts ROCK! This recipe should come with a PSA & warning: Roll up your sleeves and have plenty of napkins on hand. These are juicy and full of flavor. I pulse the rye bread slices in the food processor to make the crumbs undetectable to the teens, then added the milk. To save time, I made the onions ahead of time and set aside. Then fried the burgers and tossed the onions back in the pan and followed the recipe as suggested. I prefer American Cheese to Swiss and IMO yellow mustard puts this sammich over the top! My family went crazy for this, as I did. My kids have never had a patty melt before and LOVED them. Do not skimp on any of the ingredients or you will be missing out on the full blown experience! <br/>This will be made often. Lovingly made in honor of PammyOwl Cook-a-Thon, RIP sweet lady. You will be missed.
  4. Very Yummy!! WE loves them! I haven't had a patty melt in 20 years! These are soooooooo good. I made two of these and used more beef. I also salt and peppered outside of the patties before cooking (personal preference). This is a great recipe! I didn't have swiss, or rye - so I used thick sourdough and american & cheddar cheese. I used 90% lean beef and mixed a bit of pepper, onion powder and a tsp of olive oil before grilling. It turned out fantastic. Would I do this again? Absolutely! Thanks for a keeper! <br/> Grpa I can do the happy food dance Now!
  5. Made these last not in honor of Pammyowl's cook-a-thon. I love that Rosie has named them "Pammy Melts" so appropriate. That said they were so easy to put together and love the method of cooking the second side of the hamburger on top of the onions - it adds a lot of flavor. I used my home made sourdough rye bread and a slices of Swiss cheese instead of grated as that's what I had on hand. Also added a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the butter when frying and added spicy mustard to the sandwich at the end. Served with home made chunky tomato soup. What a wonderful, easy dinner for a very cool and cloudy fall day. The fried onions really make this sandwich.


<p><img src= alt=width=320 height=234 /><img src= alt=width=160 height=160 /><img src= alt=width=160 height=90 /> alt= /&gt;I &nbsp;am an avid cook and baker. I have a Farmers Market stand where I sell breads and sweets. I am really enjouing my stand, as I get to make all kinds of breads, although the sweets are the big attraction! I am married to theworlds &nbsp;most wonderful man, have an aan amazingly &nbsp;brilliant child (of course I would say that!). &nbsp;In short, I am a verry happy, cheerful woman. Baking bread is my passion, but I love to cook anything.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have two great dogs, Jack and Lucy, a black lab and a boxer/pitbull mix, respectively.</p> <p>My rating system;</p> <p>5 stars= great, had fun making it and will make again</p> <p>4= made some changes as the recipe needed tweaking</p> <p>3= probably will not make again</p> <p>I will not post a 2 or 1 star rating, I'd rather post the review with no stars and share some possible fixes:)</p>
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