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British Style Patty Melts

British Style Patty Melts

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  • Author: Alexandra Shytsman
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x


This is Britain’s version of the American cheeseburger, but it sits in country bread, instead of a bun, and has less off-the-wall toppings.



For the Patty Melts:

  • 2 teaspoons organic canola oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • ½ pound organic grass-fed beef, at least 15% fat
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices thick-sliced soft airy bread (e.g., fresh Italian loaf)
  • 4 slices cheese of your choice (e.g., cheddar and muenster)

For the Chips and Special Sauce:

  • Organic canola oil, for frying
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed, dried, and sliced ? inch thick
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • About ½ tablespoon hot sauce of your choice, to taste
  • Cornichons, to serve


  1. Cooking the Onions: In a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of canola oil over medium-low heat. Add the diced onion with a pinch of salt and cook until softened (3-4 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  2. Making the Patties: In a mixing bowl, combine the beef and cooked onions. Season generously with salt and pepper. Mix well, then divide the mixture in half and form into 2 patties that match the size and shape of your bread slices.
  3. Cooking the Patties: Heat the remaining teaspoon of oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties until they are deeply caramelized (3-4 minutes per side), occasionally pressing down with a spatula. Remove patties and drain most of the fat from the skillet.
  4. Assembling Patty Melts: Place each cooked patty between two slices of bread with two slices of cheese. Return the sandwiches to the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted, pressing occasionally with a spatula.
  5. Preparing Chips: Heat about 1/3 inch of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the potato slices in batches until golden brown (3-4 minutes per side). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.
  6. Making Dipping Sauce: Mix together ketchup, mayonnaise, and hot sauce.
  7. Serving: Serve the patty melts hot with chips, cornichons, and the special dipping sauce.


  • Ensure the patties are well-seasoned for the best flavor.
  • Use a bread that’s soft but sturdy enough to hold the fillings.
  • Adjust the heat of the sauce according to your preference.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: British
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