Patty Melts

A to-die-for mashup of toasty grilled cheese and your favorite burger, this baby's a comfort classic. Plus, a good patty melt fits just as well on a Sunday-afternoon football menu as it does on a Tuesday-night family dinner table. 

Make it your own with a signature secret sauce. Play with the condiments and hot sauces sitting in the side door of your fridge right now. We finish our melts with a mix of Homemade Mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet relish, but yours might be anything from Frisch's tartar sauce to ranch dressing. 

Yield: 12 sandwiches , Prep time: 30 minutes , Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. 
2. Remove both ends and outermost layers from the onions. Roughly chop and combine with a couple tablespoons of butter in a hot pan. Cover for 3-5 minutes, or until the onions become translucent and tender, and then remove the lid and reduce the heat to medium. Continue to cook the onions until they are caramelized.
3. Next, season the ground beef with salt and pepper and form into 12 equal patties. Press flat and grill to your preferred doneness.  
4. Now, preheat a nonstick pan or griddle to medium heat for toasting the sandwiches; assemble the sandwiches while the pan warms. From the bottom up: a piece of bread, a slice of cheddar, a spoonful of sauteed onions, the burger, a slice of Swiss, and the final piece of bread.  
5. Rub butter on the hot griddle and place the sandwiches on top. Toast until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has started to melt. Flip to finish cooking, and repeat until all of the sandwiches are toasted. 
6. Slice in half and finish with a generous drizzle of secret sauce. 

Tips + Tricks

**Prep all the layers, assemble the sandwiches in advance, and refrigerate until needed to save time when serving the masses. Toast them in butter to order and make sure they are hot throughout by keeping them warm in a low oven. 

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