Patty Melts With Secret Sauce

by Rachel

What makes a perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack, that’s also easy to make, delicious, and filling? A sandwich, of course! These patty melts are absolutely to die for. The secret sauce deserves a separate mention, as it makes this dish all the more special. Together, the two create a wonderful and unforgettable flavor.

If you’re on a diet, this recipe can only qualify for a cheat day! When you want to let loose and have a hefty meal, don’t hold back! Serve these patty melts with some hash browns or French fries and condiments of your choice. Add a beer or cider to that combination, and it’s a perfect treat!

How to make Patty Melts With Secret Sauce?

Mix mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce in a small bowl.

Combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Shape the contents of the large bowl into 6 even patties.

Melt butter in a medium cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

Add onion to the skillet and cook until the onion is soft and golden brown, for around 35 minutes.

Cook the patties in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for approximately 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Set the patties aside, remove the skillet form the heat, and wipe it out.

On top of a bread slice, spread your secret sauce, caramelized onions, cheese, patty, and more secret sauce.

Add another bread slice on top.

Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook the sandwich. Give each side approximately 3 minutes to turn golden brown. Add more butter to the skillet if needed.

Can I replace the butter in this recipe?

Yes, you can replace the butter with margarine. We don’t recommend you use oil, as that would alter the taste. However, if you prefer the taste of oil over butter, you can put your own spin on it!

Is a patty melt the same as a cheeseburger?

Almost! Both sandwiches use ground beef and cheese. A patty melt it different because it is served on bread. Cheeseburgers use soft buns in place of bread.

How bad for you are patty melts?

Pretty bad. You can try to make the recipe a little bit healthier by replacing ground beef with ground turkey, opting for low-calorie cheese, or using wholewheat bread. None of that will really make a difference. Just enjoy your treat and make sure to not eat it every day of the week!

Patty Melts With Secret Sauce

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • ½ cup Secret Sauce
  • 3 medium Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Secret Sauce
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce


In a small bowl, stir together mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Shape ground beef into 6 oval patties.
In a medium cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden brown, approximately 35 minutes.
In a large cast-iron skillet, cook patties over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, approximately 2 minutes per side.
Remove skillet from heat. Remove patties from skillet; wipe out skillet.
Layer 1 bread slice with 1 tablespoon Secret Sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons caramelized onions, 1 slice cheese, 1 patty, and another 1 tablespoon Secret Sauce. Top with another bread slice. Repeat with remaining bread, Secret Sauce, caramelized onions, cheese, and patties.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Working in batches, cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and heated through, approximately 3 minutes per side. Add remaining butter to skillet as needed.

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