Classic Patty Melt

Classic Patty Melt


For the patty:

  • 4 lean ground beef or turkey patties (you can also use plant-based patties for a vegetarian option)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the caramelized onions:

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sandwich:

  • 8 slices of whole-grain or whole wheat bread (use low-calorie bread if you prefer)
  • 4 slices of reduced-fat Swiss cheese (or your choice of reduced-fat cheese)


  1. Caramelized Onions:
    • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
    • Add the thinly sliced onions and cook them slowly, stirring occasionally, until they become soft and brown, about 20-30 minutes.
    • If you like, you can add a teaspoon of brown sugar to help with caramelization.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Patties:
    • While the onions are caramelizing, season the beef or turkey patties with salt and pepper.
    • Grill or cook the patties in a non-stick pan until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  3. Assembling the Patty Melt:
    • Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty while they are still hot, allowing it to melt slightly.
    • Toast the bread slices in a toaster or on a griddle.
  4. Assemble the sandwiches:
    • Lay out 4 slices of toasted bread.
    • Top each slice with a cooked patty and cheese.
    • Add a portion of caramelized onions on top of the cheese.
    • Complete the sandwiches with the remaining slices of toasted bread.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!