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Patty Melts With Secret Sauce

Homemade Patty Melt Recipe


Indulge in the comforting flavors of a classic patty melt with this homemade recipe. With a juicy beef patty, caramelized onions, gooey cheese, and a secret sauce nestled between slices of sourdough bread, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings. Follow these simple steps to create a delicious patty melt right in your own kitchen.


Patty Melt:

  • 1½ kilos ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • ½ cup Secret Sauce (recipe below)
  • 3 medium Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter

Secret Sauce:

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce

Secret Sauce Directions:

In a small bowl, stir together mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


1. Prepare the Patty Melt:

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture into 6 oval patties.

2. Caramelize the Onions:

In a medium cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and golden brown, approximately 35 minutes.

3. Cook the Patties:

In a large cast-iron skillet, cook the patties over medium-high heat until they are browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the skillet from heat and remove the patties; wipe out the skillet.

4. Assemble the Patty Melts:

Layer 1 slice of sourdough bread with 1 tablespoon of Secret Sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons of caramelized onions, 1 slice of Cheddar cheese, 1 patty, and another 1 tablespoon of Secret Sauce. Top with another slice of sourdough bread. Repeat with the remaining bread, Secret Sauce, caramelized onions, cheese, and patties.

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5. Cook the Patty Melts:

Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet. Working in batches, cook the sandwiches, flipping once, until they are golden brown and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Add the remaining butter to the skillet as needed.


  • Choose Quality Ingredients: Use fresh ground beef, high-quality cheese, and bakery-fresh sourdough bread for the best results.
  • Evenly Sized Patties: To ensure uniform cooking, shape the beef patties into evenly sized ovals.
  • Caramelization is Key: Take the time to properly caramelize the onions for a sweet and savory flavor profile.


1. Can I freeze the Secret Sauce?
Yes, you can freeze the Secret Sauce in an airtight container for up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

2. Can I use a different type of bread?
While sourdough bread adds a delicious tangy flavor, you can substitute it with rye bread or another sturdy bread of your choice.

3. Can I grill the patties instead of cooking them on the stovetop?
Absolutely! You can grill the patties over medium-high heat until they are cooked to your desired doneness.