You want a heart attack? This recipe is how you have a heart attack.
When I decided to make patty melts, I wasn’t thinking about how rich they’d be. The first bite was an instant reminder, believe me. There’s really not much to dislike in this recipe – burgers, caramelized onions, cheese and thousand island dressing. I mean come on, it’s like a grilled cheese on steroids.
The inspiration for these patty melts came from a post on Chrissy Teigen’s food blog, So Delushious. I should have known they’d be fat heaven, but it’s ok to splurge every now and then. Anyway, Chrissy made Katie Lee Logan’s County Hamburgers, which is basically just a patty melt. You can click the link to see her recipe, but what I’m going to tell you here is how I adapted it and made them my own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 medium onions
- salt (I used kosher salt), freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder (to season the hamburgers and the caramelized onions)
- Thousand Island dressing (I used Kraft)
- Sliced cheese (I used good old Kraft American Cheese slices, but you could use and cheese that melts nicely)
- Olive oil
- Sourdough bread (8 slices, this recipe makes about 4 patty melts)
Step 1: I started my onions first. Peel and halve the onions and slice them about a half-inch thick. Heat up enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan and about a tablespoon of butter. Put the onions in the pan and season with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder.
The onions will start to soften and turn translucent in spots. They will release a lot of liquid into the pan. Cook them slowly and adjust the heat as necessary so the onions don’t scorch. At around 20-30 minutes, cooking on low heat, the onions will be a nice caramel color. Here’s a great tutorial on how to caramelize onions with optional ingredients depending on how you want the flavor.
Step 2: While your onions are caramelizing, form the hamburger meat into 6 thin patties. For this recipe, I just seasoned each side of the patty with salt pepper and garlic powder instead of mixing it into the hamburger meat (I read somewhere that only seasoning the outside of the hamburger patties is the preferable method to get a great tasting burger, so I decided to try it here). Once you’ve formed the patties heat up a large skillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil or enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Cook the hamburger patties until they’re done to your liking. I cooked mine to about medium-well.
Step 3: Assemble your patty melts. Basically it’s just like assembling a grilled cheese, but with more goodies. Place a buttered slice of sourdough bread (buttered side down) into a skillet. Next, spread thousand island dressing (enough to coat the bread), add cheese, then a hamburger patty, top with caramelized onions, more cheese and another slice of sourdough (buttered side up). Cook each side of the patty melt to a crispy golden brown, cut in half and eat up!
We also made Mike’s (my fiancé) roasted potatoes. I’ve never had potatoes the way he makes them, but they’re really easy to make and really yummy.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut up about 10 red potatoes in to wedges, put them in a large bowl, coat them with olive oil and mix it all together with 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix. Spread the potatoes out on a large baking sheet and cook for about 45 minutes (flip the potatoes about halfway in the cooking process) or until the potatoes are tender.
Tonight’s dinner was so damn good, but definitely not how you’d want to eat all the time. The patty melts were cheesy, gooey and messy but SO worth the time it took to make them and they tasted heavenly! We probably should have opted for a veggie to counteract the effects of the patty melts, but what the hell. Mike’s potatoes were a really nice addition and tasted amazing.
Thanks for reading and Happy Hump Day!