Easy Patty Melts | Mini Van Dreams

Easy Patty Melt

Grab your lemon-lime phosphates, Cats… we are are sharing a retro favorite today – patty melts!  These ooey, gooey burgers are amazingly delicious and so easy to make!  You can even sing along to Frankie Avalon while wearing your poodle skirt as you make them!  

I love retro and old-school Americana.  I love eating diner food and especially anything Route 66 related.  Grab your frying pan and let’s get going on this American diner classic!  Just don’t forget to toast the bread like I did.

Easy Patty Melts | Mini Van Dreams


Easy Patty Melt

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes


  • 16 ounces lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper divided
  • 6 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced and separated
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard


  • Form ground beef into 4 patties, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 Tablespoons butter in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Saute until brown, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove onions from pan and set aside.
  • In same pan used to cook onions, place hamburger patties. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Cook until browned on one side, approximately 5-6 minutes. Flip and cook second side an additional 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Spread 1/4 teaspoon of butter on one side of all the slices of bread. On opposite sides, spread mustard evenly. Lay four slices of bread in pan, butter side down.
  • Top each slice of bread with one slice cheese, burger patty and a 1/4 of the onion mixture.
  • Add second slice of cheese to sandwich, then top with second slice of bread, butter side up.
  • Grill the sandwiches for 3-4 minutes on each side until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Cut on a diagonal and serve with a pickle spear.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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