Diner Style Patty Melt
- 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1 medium Onion, halved and sliced
- 6 slices Wheat Bread (you could also use white, rye, or sourdough - whatever you have handy)
- 6 slices Muenster Cheese (swiss, cheddar, provolone could all work here, but try to avoid using american cheese)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped Parsley (dried works also)
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Butter
n a mixing bowl, combine beef, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce until incorporated. Split mixture into 3 equal portions. Form patties about a 1/4 - 1/2 inch larger than an average slice of sandwich bread (this will compensate for the shrinkage the burgers will experience, while still filling the surface area of the bread). Be sure to make a indentation in the center of each burger, this will lessen that center hump burgers get when they are cooking. Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Cook burgers for 4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside. Sautee onions in same pan with olive oil and meat drippings until caramelized and transluscent. Doing this will give onions the extra flavor from the pan drippings and give them a beautiful color. Remove from pan and set aside.
Spread each slice of bread with mayonnaise (just enough to thinly cover the bread). Place one slice of cheese over mayo on each piece of bread. Place layer of onions over one side of sandwich, followed with the burger patty on top of the onions. Place other side of bread on top of patty and smush it down a little bit with the palm of your hand. Heat butter in a clean frying pan over medium-low heat. Place sandwich in butter and cook both sides until bread is golden brown and sandwich squishes together more. I prefer toasting the sandwiches one at a time to give myself plenty of space in the frying pan when I flip the sandwich.
Serve with a side of chips or fries and you're set! I used frozen sweet potato fries from the grocery store :)
Pairs Well With
Sometimes you just get tired of the average hamburger, and you could certainly savor the comfort of nostalgic patty melts from those classic chrome diners.