Do you ever get a major craving for a big, juicy burger sandwiched between two slices of golden Texas toast with caramelized onions and melty American cheese? Me too. And this Chopped Texas Patty Melt is the perfect way to satisfy that juicy burger craving.


Bonus: it’s ready in just 20 minutes!


Make Your Patties for this Chopped Texas Patty Melt


Start by taking 1/3 pound of ground beef and loosely forming it into squares. Set the squares onto a tray and place the tray into the fridge for 30 minutes. Chilling the patties firms up the meat, so they don’t just fall apart when you cook them!


Next, get ready for grilling by preheating the grill to medium-high heat. Two minutes before cooking, add a cast-iron skillet to the grill to heat it up. 


For more smashed burgers, check out my Steakhouse Smash BurgersChorizo Smash Burgers and  Elvis Smash Burger recipes!


Every Chopped Texas Patty Melt Wants to Get Saucy


Our chopped Texas patty melt is already good, but we’re making it even better with a simple yet flavorful sauce!


This sauce is made with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge. Simply mix together ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and hot sauce. And that’s it! Feel free to play around with the flavor. If you prefer a spicier sauce, add more hot sauce. If you like a creamier one, add more mayo. This is your sandwich. Do it your way.


Chopped Texas Patty Melt with oozing cheese.


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Cook the Onions


Now, we caramelize our onions! Because a chopped Texas patty melt needs caramelized onions. First, melt a little bit of butter in the skillet, then add in the onions. Cook for around 10 minutes or until the onions begin to brown. Be patient. They take a little bit, but the flavor is so worth it.


Next, add in the brown sugar and bourbon and simmer until the onions are well softened. Take them out of the pan to cool while you cook your burgers.


Getting started by sautéing onions.



Chopped Texas Patty Melt with the patties hitting the grill.


Time to Grill Up These Chopped Texas Patty Melts


Take the chilled burger patties out of the fridge and add them to the hot skillet on the grill. Cook for a couple of minutes or until they start to brown, then flip them over and cook them for another couple of minutes.


As the burgers are cooking, gently “chop” the meat to loosen the patties up. The goal here is to get a larger surface area, so more of the beef patty is exposed to the heat. The result is juicier, crisper burger patties because who doesn’t love that?!


Next, top each patty off with a pile of the caramelized onions, cover the onions with a slice of your favorite cheese (I use American), and allow the cheese to get nice and melty.


Pull the patties off and allow them to cool off slightly.


Chopped Texas Patty Melt after the flip and chop.



Adding cheese to the patties.


Assemble Your Chopped Texas Patty Melt


Finally, we can assemble our sandwiches! First, toast the Texas toast over the flames just until the slices take on a nice golden-brown color and crispy texture. This makes all the difference!


Next, slather on a spoonful of your prepared sauce, add on 1-2 beef patties, and then spoon on additional sauce for good measure.


Top with a second piece of Texas toast, then serve and enjoy!


Chopped Texas Patty Melt sliced and held up to the camera.



Chopped Texas Patty Melt a close up.

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Chopped Texas Patty Melt full view before being sliced.

Chopped Texas Patty Melt

Chopped Texas Patty Melt for a fist full of deliciousness!
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 People



  • 2-3 lbs Ground Beef 80/20
  • 6-8 slices American Cheese
  • 1.5 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic Powder


  • 1 White Onion large, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 oz Bourbon


  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tsp Hot Sauce


  • 6-8 slices Texas Toast
  • 3 tbsp Butter


  • 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 for your 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 to the grill 2 minutes before cooking.
  • Melt some butter in the skillet, then add the thinly sliced white onions. Saute the onions for 10 minutes until they are beginning to brown, then add the brown sugar and bourbon (carefully). Let the onions simmer for another 4-5 minutes until really well softened, and pull off to cool.
  • Next, add the same cast iron skillet or a new one to the grill for the burgers. 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, top each patty with some onions, cover with a slice of cheese and let melt. Pull the patties off and let cook for 2 minutes. While the patties cool, toast your Texas toast over the flames to a nice golden brown.
  • Start assembling your patty melt with a spoonful of the sauce on the bottom piece of, 1-2 patties and more sauce for the top piece of toast. Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 1154kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 3926mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 404mg | Iron: 14mg


Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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  1. When you say Texas toast do you mean the Texas toast bread in the freezer at the grocery store, or just a loaf of Texas toast bread,(if you could find it) out in the bread sale in the store,I toasted?