Patty Melts With Secret Sauce

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THE PATTY MELT RECIPE IS A DINER CLASSIC AND ALWAYS HITS THE SPOT! THIS MELTY, CHEESY, MEATY SANDWICH IS PERFECT FOR AN EASY DINNER THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE!
These scrumptuous sandwiches continue to rank among our most popular recipes! Try them out with our Oven Fries or Cheesy, Crispy Smashed Potatoes on the side.
Topped with creamy cheddar cheese, secret sauce, and caramelized onions, our patty melts with secret sauce will quickly become a family favorite.
A diner classic, Patty Melts are made with very thin, oval shaped burger patties, and served on thin grilled rye bread, with caramelized onion, and Swiss cheese. Just amazingly delicious!
This is my second patty melt post. The first I used Gina and Pat Neely’s recipe from their most recent cookbook. Love me some Gina. I remember liking it quite a bit so I thought I would try it again and maybe try a new sauce. Not sure where patty melts came from and why they are not called a hamburger but “real” diner patty melts must have four things; beef patty, rye bread, swiss cheese and caramelized onions. Now, from what I know, a classic patty melt is supposed to be made only with Swiss cheese, as in the above picture, but The Cajun prefers his with good ole American cheese. Some would say that is all wrong. I don’t know…

Ingredients

1½ pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
12 slices sourdough bread
½ cup Secret Sauce
3 medium Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
6 slices Cheddar cheese
8 tablespoons unsalted butter

Secret Sauce:
¼ cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
½ teaspoon hot sauce
In a small bowl, stir together mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days

Directions
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Shape ground beef into 6 oval patties.
In a medium cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden brown, approximately 35 minutes.
In a large cast-iron skillet, cook patties over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove skillet from heat. Remove patties from skillet; wipe out skillet.
Layer 1 bread slice with 1 tablespoon Secret Sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons caramelized onions, 1 slice cheese, 1 patty, and another 1 tablespoon Secret Sauce. Top with another bread slice. Repeat with remaining bread, Secret Sauce, caramelized onions, cheese, and patties.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Working in batches, cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and heated through, approximately 3 minutes per side. Add remaining butter to skillet as needed.

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