A lot of tailgating foods are comfort foods. A lot of comfort foods are served in diners. Today, we are celebrating what could quite possibly be the most comforting burger on a diner menu, the patty melt. With oozing cheese and plenty of butter, it’s like a burger got dunked in a grilled cheese. We’ll take two please.

Note: We cook this sandwich on a stove top, instead of on a grill. But feel free to grill up your burger patty if that’s the method you prefer.


  • 2 oz caramelized onions
  • 1 (5oz) beef patty
  • Salt & pepper
  • Mayo (for the insides of the bread)
  • 2 slices white bread*
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 bread & butter pickle slices

*Use whole wheat if you’re looking to make
this a little healthier for you.


For the Onions:
To turn raw onions into caramelized onions, slice an onion into thin rounds and then add the slices into a skillet with 3 oz of butter. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour.

To Cook the Patty Melt:

  1. Turn on your burner on high.
  2. Season both sides of the beef patty with salt & pepper.
  3. While you cook your patty, toast the bread slices and smear with mayo.
  4. Place into a skillet and sear one side of the burger patty.
  5. Flip the patty, top the patty with the caramelized onions and then top with the cheese.
  6. Place your patty on the bottom slice of bread, top with pickles and then with the other slice.
  7. Press together and serve!

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