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Italian Patty Melts

End the week on a fun note with an easy-to-serve and easy-to-enjoy sandwich. Either serve these Italian-style burgers as a sandwich or open-faced with extra sauce. Simple and Delicious Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four oval patties; set aside.
  • Combine butter and seasonings; brush over both sides of bread. In a large skillet, toast bread until lightly browned; set aside.
  • In the same skillet, cook patties over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.
  • Spoon remaining sauce over patties; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Place burgers on four slices of toast; top with remaining toast.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 490 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • LeslieH
    Sep 24, 2020

    These were tasty, but missing something. Maybe more garlic or seasoning. I think they would be great with sauteed peppers and onions on them as well.

  • Mycal
    Feb 4, 2018

    This turned out amazingly in my cooking class. So worth it to make. This is one of my new favorite recipes.

  • REnriquez
    Nov 16, 2011

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  • RockinRLady
    Sep 17, 2010

    I put the bread on an electric griddle to cook as the patties were fixed in the skillet.

  • kscrawford
    Sep 6, 2010

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  • 5hungrykids
    Nov 20, 2008

    These looked so good, but didn't taste all that well. I'd much rather just have a plain ol' hamburger.