Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes

A Fancy Sandwich for Supper

When is it suitable to serve a sandwich for supper? When it is as hearty as this one!

In the recent Southern living magazine, my mom found the recipe for this Patty Melt beauty. The ingredients include beef, sautéed onions, two kinds of cheese, and a delicious homemade sauce for the sourdough bread. Last week I was visiting in my parents home, and she had this on her menu, so I got to make up this recipe that she had marked in her magazine. We all enjoyed it and we each only ate half of a sandwich!

Another blessing of this meal is that it’s done in 30 minutes!! Here’s how it’s made…

Place the sauce on one side of the bread. On the other side layer the cheddar cheese, cooked Beef patty,  sautéed onions and Swiss cheese. Top with The other piece of bread.


Melt butter in a skillet and brown the bread, allowing the cheeses to melt.

 Flip bread over to brown both sides.

Serve Cole slaw alongside and you will have a satisfying meal for supper!

Classic Patty Melt


  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 3 ounces sharp yellow Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  • 8 (3/4-inch-thick) sourdough bread slices
  • 4 Swiss cheese slices
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown and soft, about 20 minutes. Set aside.

Step 2

Meanwhile, divide ground beef into 4 portions. Press each into a flat, 1/4-inch-thick patty. Sprinkle with pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon salt.

Step 4
Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, barbecue sauce, and ketchup in a small bowl until combined.
Step 5
Wipe out cast-iron skillet; reduce heat to medium. Divide Cheddar among 4 of the bread slices; top each with a patty, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese slice, mayonnaise mixture, and remaining bread. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in skillet. Place 2 sandwiches in hot butter; cook (with another skillet on top of sandwiches to weigh them down) until golden brown and cheeses are melted, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 sandwiches.

Why have an ordinary hamburger when you could make this just as easily?!

denise a

11 thoughts on “A Fancy Sandwich for Supper

  1. I don’t subscribe to Southern Living, but I saw it in the dentist’s office last week and this sandwich looked SO good. I’m glad to have your recommendation!


  2. I think you skipped giving step 3? It seems like the ground beef patty would need to be cooked before layering into the sandwich and grilling. Looks yummy!


    1. You’re right – the need should be cooked before being added to the sandwich. I just added the word “cooked” to my description. Hopefully the picture and the description will coincide now. 😊


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