Classic Patty Melt
Classic Patty Melt

Patty melts are classic diner fare and my very favorite, to boot. The best I've had is at the Royal Diner in Washington, N.J. In fact, here's my review:

Straight out of 1940 with very few changes made, this diner is old-school awesome with terrific food. I just visited today and had the patty melt. I have a culinary diploma and write about food and this was the BEST patty melt I've ever had. The fries were fresh and crispy and the taste was clean (no old oil lying around at the Royal Diner!) I'd travel back from Bethlehem, Pa any day to get another.

My daughter had the California burger and was just as impressed. The staff was courteous and kind without any fake "fluff" going on. When I asked when the diner was built my server knew right away. If you're in or near Washington, NJ, the Royal Diner is worth checking out.

Classic patty melts are so simple to make and so yummy, you'll never have leftovers. Serve with chips or hand-cut fries, pickles and a cold root beer for a diner style meal at home.

Classic Patty Melt
Classic Patty Melt

Patty Melt

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 large onion, sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/12 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon Kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 slices rye bread
8 slices American or Swiss cheese
butter for spreading

Directions:

1. Mix ground beef with salt and pepper and form into 4 patties slightly larger than the bread you will be using. Set aside.
2. Cook onion in oil until well caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside.
3. In a large frying pan, cook burgers until desired doneness is achieved - usually 6-8 minutes per side. Remove from pan.
4. Stack patty melts together, bread, one slice of cheese, burger, another slice of cheese and 1/4 caramelized onions followed by another slice of bread.
5. Butter both sides of each sandwich and cook in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until cheese is melted and sandwiches are golden brown.