The Classic Patty Melt From Nevada

The Patty Melt from Nevada: the comforting cousin to a cheeseburger- a savory, thin beef burger with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese on grilled Rye bread.

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The Patty Melt sandwich, features a juicy burger, melted cheese, and the distinct touch of rye bread, offers a unique twist on traditional burgers.

Looking to try delicious sandwiches from across the United States? Don’t miss the viral Vermonter, the questionably named yet Pueblo Slopper, and mouth-watering Texas brisket.

What is the Difference Between a Patty Melt and a Hamburger?

While both feature a beef burger, this handheld distinguishes itself with the use of rye bread and the addition of caramelized onions and melted cheese. The textures and components create a unique sandwich experience compared to a traditional hamburger.


What is a Patty Melt Meal?

It typically includes the sandwich, often served with a side of crispy fries or a fresh salad. It’s a hearty and satisfying option for those seeking a classic American comfort food experience.

This sandwich is a thin burger topped with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese between grilled Rye bread.

Does Five Guys Have a Patty Melt?

As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, Five Guys didn’t have a patty melt on their menu. Always check their current menu for any updates or limited-time offerings.

Are Patty Melts German?

The patty melt’s roots can be traced back to American diners rather than German cuisine. It evolved as a fusion of classic American elements, incorporating features like rye bread and caramelized onions.

How Unhealthy are Patty Melts?

Like many indulgent treats, this can be higher in calories and fats. Moderation is key, but you can also opt for leaner meats, whole-grain bread, and incorporate veggies for a slightly healthier twist.

Are Patty Melts a Southern Thing?

This is not exclusive to the Southern United States. Its popularity spans across the nation, appreciated for its comforting combination of components that transcends regional boundaries.

Is a Patty Melt Just a Cheeseburger?

While both feature a patty and cheese, this sandwich differs with its use of rye bread and caramelized onions. These additions create a distinctive profile that sets it apart from a traditional cheeseburger.

What Kind of Cheese is on a Patty Melt?

Swiss or American cheese is commonly used, contributing a creamy and melty texture that complements the savory patty and sweet caramelized onions.

How Do You Make a Patty Melt Sauce?

A classic Thousand Island dressing or a simple blend of mayonnaise and ketchup can be used as a delicious sauce. Experiment with ratios to find the perfect balance of tangy and creamy components.

Crafting this perfect handheld is a culinary adventure that captures the essence of Nevada’s unique culinary experience. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, embrace the warmth and comfort of this delightful sandwich, making it a star on your home menu.

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Patty Melt

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
A patty melt is a delicious, comforting cousin to a cheeseburger- a savory, thin beef patty with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese on grilled Rye bread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 664 kcal


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 large sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 slices Rye bread
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese

Recipe Instructions

  • Put half of the butter into a skillet over medium high heat. Once melted, add onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium low, stirring the onions frequently. Continue to sauté for 30 – 40 minutes until caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • While your onions are caramelizing, in a medium sized bowl add the ground beef and generously season with salt and pepper. Add Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well with your hands. Separate and roll into 4 even balls.
  • Place plastic wrap on a cutting board and add a patty. Place another piece of plastic wrap on top and use a plate or other flat surface to evenly flatten the patty. Shape into an oval shape to match the bread size.
  • Slather one side of the Rye bread slices with mayo and the other with butter.
  • Heat your skillet to medium and carefully place your patties. Sear on each side for 3 minutes. On the second side, add some of the onions and top with a slice of Swiss. Cover with a lid or baking sheet for a minute to melt the cheese. Remove from the skillet.
  • Add 2 – 4 slices of bread to the skillet butter side down (as many as will fit in your skillet). Add patties and top with other piece of bread. Toast until golden brown, about 2 – 3 minutes. Then flip and cover for another minute or two.
  • Remove and place on a cutting board. Slice down the middle and enjoy.


Calories: 664kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 35gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 712mgPotassium: 560mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 347IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 416mgIron: 5mg
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