Say goodbye to boring old grilled cheese, make it a meal by adding a little more oomph to it. By oomph I mean ground beef and sauteed onions… I know! Delicious right? This is my version of the traditional patty melt. While I like the flavor of patty melts in general I don’t like the big patty in middle, preferring a more even meat to cheese ratio. We like to dip ours in Thousand Island dressing instead of putting it on the sandwich like it sometimes is, you can do either way.
Patty Melt Grilled Cheese
- ⅓-½ lb. ground beef
- 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 small onion
- 3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. garlic salt
- 8 slices white bread (I like Italian with Sesame seeds)
- Thousand Island dressing for dipping
- Finely dice onions
- Place ground beef and onions in a large nonstick skillet with a small amount of oil (about 1-2 tsp.). Heat over medium-high until ground beef is browned throughout and onions start to become translucent.
- Drain excess liquid, if any.
- Stir in Worcestershire, pepper, and garlic salt-just until combined.
- Remove meat mixture from pan, set aside.
- Swipe pan with a paper towel to remove most of the residue from meat (it will add flavor so don’t worry about cleaning out every drop)
- Butter one side of all 8 pieces of bread.
- Heat pan over medium heat.
- Without crowding pan, so you have room to flip easily lay half your bread down.
- Top each with 2 slice of cheese.
- Evenly distribute meat over cheese, top with other half of buttered bread.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes until bottom is golden brown.
- Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.