This Cheesy Patty Melt is a true handheld delight! It’s made up of juicy, perfectly crispy homemade burger patties topped with three types of melty cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and diner sauce using the new Primal Kitchen Squeeze Ketchup!
Serve with a side of fries for the perfect burger lover’s meal!
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Prep the Beef Patties for Your Cheesy Patty Melt
First, we need to form our beef patties. Portion your ground beef out into 1/3 pound sections, then use your hands to loosely form them into squares.
Place the formed patties onto a tray and set them in the fridge for about 30 minutes. We want to give them a little bit of time to set up so they don’t just fall apart when you cook them. No one likes crumbly burger patties!
Now is a great time to prep your Cheesy Patty Melt toppings!
First, the diner sauce. We have Primal Kitchen to thank for this incredible sauce. We’re using Primal Kitchen Squeeze Bottle Ketchup, Primal Kitchen Dijon Mustard, and Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise which all come together to create a sweet, spicy, and rich Cheesy Patty Melt sauce. Then, we’re finishing the sauce off with diced pickled jalapeños and a drizzle of hot sauce, because who doesn’t love some extra spice?!
Next, the bacon and onions! First, preheat your grill to medium-high heat around 350ºF. Add on a cast-iron skillet or plancha and allow it to preheat for a couple of minutes. Add the bacon onto the skillet and cook until crisped to your liking. Pull it off and let it cool for a few minutes.
In the same skillet, add the sliced white onion. Sauté for 25-30 minutes or until softened and browned with a slightly crisped edge. I know. Half an hour is a bit of a wait, but perfectly caramelized onions take this Cheesy Patty Melt to the next level, so be patient. It’s worth it.
Cook the Patties
Now that all of your Cheesy Patty Melt toppings are ready to go and the patties are chilled, it’s time to cook the burger patties.
So, add the patties into the hot skillet on the grill. Let them cook for a couple of minutes just until they begin to caramelize. Next, flip the patties over and gently “chop” the meat. The goal here is not to actually slice up the burger patties. We’re merely creating a larger surface area on the patties so you get an overall crispier texture all around. Cook the patties for another couple of minutes, then flip them back over.
Lastly, to finish off the patties for the Cheesy Patty Melt, top them off with some of the sautéed onions followed by the shredded cheddar, gouda, and jack cheese. Do this before you pull them off the grill to kickstart the melting of the cheese. It is a patty melt, so we want it to, well, melt!
Assemble Your Cheesy Patty Melt
Pull the cooked patties off of the skillet and let them cool for a couple of minutes.
While they cool, slather a few slices of thick-cut bread with the Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise. Place the bread over the flames to toast them enough so they turn golden-brown and slightly crispy.
Finally, assemble your Cheesy Patty Melts! Top one side of toasted bread with a spoonful of Diner Sauce. Layer on one or two patties, a couple of bacon slices, an extra drizzle of sauce if desired, then the top piece of toast.
And it’s ready to go!
This Cheesy Patty Melt is made up of juicy, crispy burger patties, three types of cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and diner sauce.
- 3 lbs Ground Beef 80/20
- 1 lb of Sliced Bacon
- 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup Shredded Gouda Cheese
- 1 cup Shredded Jack Cheese
- 1.5 tbsp Kosher Salt
- 1.5 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1.5 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 White Onion large thinly sliced
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Ketchup
- 2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Dijon Mustard
- 2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Pickled Jalapeños diced
- 1.5 tsp Hot Sauce
- 6-8 slices Thick Cut Bread
- 2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise
- Fries for serving
Begin by loosely forming ⅓ lb squares of ground beef, set onto a tray and place in the fridge to firm for 30 minutes. In another bowl, mix together all the ingredients (making sure to use those Primal Kitchen sauces) for your Diner Sauce and set that in the fridge until you are ready.
Preheat your grill to medium high heat (around 350F) adding a cast iron skillet/plancha to the grill 2 minutes before cooking.
First, add your bacon to cook on the skillet. Cook until done to your liking, then pull off and let cool. Next, add the thinly sliced white onions. Saute the onions for 25-30 minutes until they become crispy, browned and soft. Pull the onions off once done and set to the side.
Next, pull your burger patties out of the fridge and add to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes on the first side or until they begin to caramelize. Flip the patties over and gently “chop” the meat so that the ground beef patties loosen up and get a larger surface area. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the patties back over. Mix together your three types of cheeses, top each patty with some onions, cover with a handful of cheese and let melt. Pull the patties off and let cook for 2 minutes. While the patties cool, add some Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise to each side of your toast, then cook your bread over the flames to a nice golden brown.
Start assembling your patty melt with a spoonful of the Diner Sauce on the bottom piece of, 1-2 patties, bacon slices and more sauce for the top piece of toast. Serve and enjoy!
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