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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Patty Melt Burgers

I don't know how that little piece of cabbage snuck around the burger. He must be a photo bomber. ;-)

When I was a little girl we almost never went out to eat. We weren't what I would call poor, but we definitely had limited means. I never knew that, of course, because I was happy and provided for in every way possible. I realized when we were older and my father had a better paying job because there were perks, such as eating out, more often.

The thing is, when we were younger we appreciated the rare meals out so much more. Even when it was just a burger at the nearby Frisch's restaurant. My mom always order a Swiss Miss Patty Melt, and so I wanted a patty melt as well. What's not to love? She always ordered onion rings on the side and added a few on top of her burger under that delicious rye bun.

This week I decided to try to recreate that yummy Frisch's burger that I haven't had in so very long. While rye buns are not available at grocery stores around here, I used rye bread and grilled it, like I would for a grilled cheese sandwich. Topped with Swiss cheese, special sauce and onion rings, it was the same flavor from my childhood. Yum. And the kids and my husband enjoyed them so much I know they will be a regular menu item.

Note: We eat the special sauce with onion rings on the side. If you intend to only use sauce on burgers, halve the sauce recipe.

Patty Melt Burgers
6 burgers 

2 pounds ground beef or chuck
6 slices Swiss cheese
special sauce (below)
salt and pepper
12 slices rye bread
softened butter
one box or bag of frozen onion rings

Heat oven and cook onion rings according to package instructions.
In the meantime, form meat into six patties -- just a little bit larger than the bread slices.
Heat a large frying pan (preferably cast iron) over high heat and salt and pepper burgers on one side. Place burger seasoned side down in hot pan. Cook burger until browned on one side and flip. Cook until burger is medium well inside, or until desired doneness. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on each burger and turn off heat.

While burgers are cooking, heat a griddle over high heat and butter one side of each bread slice. When griddle is hot, place bread, butter side down on hot griddle. When golden brown, flip bread and brown on other side. Remove from heat. Place done burgers on unbuttered side of bread and top with special sauce and several cooked onion rings. Top with other bread, butter side up. Serve with onion rings and cole slaw.

Special Sauce

1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
1 1/2 T. sweet pickle relish or minced sweet pickles
1 1/2 T. dill pickle relish or minced dill pickles
1 1/2 T. minced onion
1 hard boiled egg finely chopped
1 t. worchestershire sauce
1 t. horseradish sauce

Mix all ingredients and chill until ready to use.


JOYfilled Family said...

my mouth is watering. i wish i would have found this sooner - i would have loved to have it for dinner tonight.

Abby said...

I LOVE a good patty melt! I order them often, too.