American patty melts

American patty melts
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 30 min

Debbie Major’s American-inspired recipe for a cheese-toastie-hamburger-hybrid is the ultimate lunchtime treat.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
861kcals
Fat
61.1g (28.1g saturated)
Protein
40.7g
Carbohydrates
35.3g (7.6g sugars)
Fibre
3.7g
Salt
1.5g
Calories
861kcals
Fat
61.1g (28.1g saturated)
Protein
40.7g
Carbohydrates
35.3g (7.6g sugars)
Fibre
3.7g
Salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil for frying
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 500g British beef mince
  • 8 x 1cm thick slices good quality white bread
  • 150g mature cheddar, thinly sliced
  • Enough soft butter to spread on 8 slices of bread
  • Dill pickle cucumbers (or other whole gherkins) to serve

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, sugar and some salt and pepper, then fry, stirring often, until soft and nicely caramelised (15-20 minutes). Spoon into a bowl, then wipe the pan clean. 
  2. Meanwhile, mix the beef mince with plenty of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the mixture into 4 and shape each piece into a thin square patty that is slightly longer and wider than the bread slices. Set aside. 
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in the frying pan and increase the heat to high. Add 2 of the patties and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until nicely browned on the outside and cooked to your liking. I like them slightly pink in the centre as they’re juicier like this. Lift onto a plate and repeat with the remaining patties. Wash the pan clean and return it to a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Meanwhile, butter one side of each slice of bread. Put 4 of the slices, buttered-side down, on a work surface and top each one with some of the onions, a slice of cheese, then a beef patty. Top the patty with another slice of cheese and the remaining onions. Top each stack with the remaining slices of bread, butter side facing up. 
  5. Put 2 of the sandwiches into the hot pan and weigh them down with another frying pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until crisp and golden, then flip them over and repeat. Slide onto a chopping board, then repeat with the other 2 sandwiches. Cut in half and serve with the dill pickles. 

delicious. tips

  1. Spread a little chutney onto one of the slices of bread (step 4) before layering with the onions, cheese and patty.

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