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Patty Melts

My husband often orders patty melts at restaurants, so I started fixing them at home. I added horseradish to give them more zip, and now he loves them my way. —Leah Zimmerman, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 10 thin slices sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 2 tablespoons Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 slices process American cheese or Swiss cheese


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Remove and keep warm.
  • Shape beef into two oval patties; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In the same skillet, cook patties over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and meat juices run clear; drain. Remove and keep warm.
  • Spread remaining butter over one side of each slice of bread. Place in skillet, buttered side down, and toast until lightly browned.
  • Combine salad dressing and horseradish. On each of two slices of toast, layer a slice of cheese, a beef patty, and half of the onion and the dressing mixture. Top with remaining toast.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 516 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 1278mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein.
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  • angela32
    Nov 11, 2017

    We love patty melts and this was no exception. I did leave out the horseradish, because I didn't have any on hand and I doubled the cheese, one on each side. It held the second piece of bread on better. Loved them! This is the second time I've made them.

  • rkane
    Jan 30, 2016

    Excellent! Followed recipe as written.

  • cwbuff
    Nov 29, 2009

    Thumbs up on this one! It got the seal of approval from my youngest son and pickiest eater of the family. A nice different way to eat burgers.