Patty Melts

This Patty Melts recipe is a delightful twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, featuring juicy beef patties, caramelized onions, tangy Dijon-mayonnaise blend, and melted Jarlsberg cheese, all sandwiched between slices of rye bread. It’s a comforting and satisfying meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • A flavorful combination of beef, onions, and cheese.
  • Easy to make and perfect for a quick meal.
  • Can be customized with your favorite cheese or bread.


  • 8 medium slices sweet onion (such as Vidalia®)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 serving cooking spray
  • 8 (1 ounce) slices rye bread
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-mayonnaise blend (such as Hellman’s® Dijonnaise™)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Jarlsberg cheese


  1. Arrange onion slices on a plate and drizzle vinegar over top.
  2. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch thick patty. Season patties with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large grill pan over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray and add onion. Cover and cook for 6 minutes, flipping halfway. Remove from pan, cover, and keep warm.
  4. Heat the grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with more cooking spray and add patties. Cook until no longer pink in the centers, about 3 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C). Remove patties to a plate, drain and discard any grease, and wipe the pan clean with a paper towel.
  5. Spread Dijon-mayonnaise blend evenly over all bread slices. Layer 4 of the slices with 2 tablespoons Jarlsberg cheese, 1 beef patty, 2 onion slices, and 2 tablespoons Jarlsberg. Place remaining bread slices mustard-side down on top of the sandwiches.
  6. Heat the grill pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add sandwiches to the pan and place a cast iron or other heavy skillet on top, pressing gently to flatten sandwiches. Cook until bread is toasted, about 3 minutes per side, leaving the skillet on top as they cook.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Kcal: 420 per serving
  • Servings: 4


Store any leftover Patty Melts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a skillet or oven until heated through.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can customize this recipe by adding your favorite toppings like pickles, tomatoes, or avocado.
  • For a vegetarian option, you can use plant-based ground “beef” or grilled portobello mushrooms instead of beef patties.

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