Sometimes it’s fun to do the unexpected, so why not make burgers a lot more fun by putting the toppings on the inside?! Now I’m gonna warn you, these are some wildly delicious, and very satisfying Patty Melts. Imagine biting into the pan fried and toasted, buttery goodness of the rye bread, then the juicy ground beef with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese oozing out from the center. You get the picture…I’ll say no more!
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, sliced
Swiss cheese slices
salt & pepper
a little oil
In a skillet, cook the onions in a little butter until they are nicely browned & caramelized, and set aside. Divide the ground beef into three or four equal portions (depending on the size you’d like). Working with one piece at a time, flatten the ground beef on a large plate & sprinkle with salt and pepper. To the center of the patty, add a large tablespoon of the onion, and a slice of cheese which has been folded in half so that it is narrow. Now fold up the sides of the patty, taking care to seal it completely. Shape the patty like an oval so that it will fit nicely onto the oval shaped rye bread slices.
Add a small amount of oil to a skillet. I like to use the same square griddle I use for making pancakes. Place the filled patties onto the hot griddle and season with additional salt & pepper. Once the patties are dark brown, flip them over and cook the other side until they are completely cooked through. Remove the patties onto a plate. Wipe down the griddle, then return it to the heat. Butter 1 side of each slice of bread, and place the bottom slice (buttered side down) on the griddle. Layer with the cooked patty, additional onions, and another slice of cheese. Top with another slice of rye bread, buttered side facing up. Continue to cook until nicely pan fried and toasted, then flip over to cook the other side. Serve warm.
You know the saying “less is more”? When it comes to cheese, by husband’s opinion is that more… truly is…well…more! With this patty being topped with, and filled with cheese…dinner was a hit!