If you want to try a different take on the burger, the patty melt is always a good choice. This is the classic version of the patty melt with cheese and onions. If you are not familiar with the patty melt it is basically like making a grilled cheese with a hamburger in the middle. If you want to use a different type of cheese besides Swiss you can use American or really any type of cheese you want. The bread can be switched up as well. If you are not a fan of rye bread, regular white bread is a good substitute. This recipe can be prepared indoors in a fry pan. Enjoy.
8 slices Swiss cheese
1lb ground beef
Salt and black pepper
1 cup onion (sliced)
4 tablespoons butter
8 slices rye bread
butter (for spreading)
Step 1: In a large skillet melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Step 2: Form ground beef into 4 patties. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Place into the skillet and cook hamburger patties over medium-high heat until the burgers are fully cooked (they have reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees).
Step 3: Heat another skillet to medium heat. Butter one side of the bread. Put the buttered side down on the hot skillet. Place 1 slice of cheese followed by onions, then add the cooked patty and top with another slice of cheese. Butter another slice of bread and place on top buttered side out.
Step 4: Fry until the bread is browned and crisp on the bottom and turn over and fry until the other side is browned and crisp. The cheese should be melted. Repeat until all of the patty melts are cooked.
(Makes 4 Servings)