Who doesn’t love a good Patty Melt? They are so hearty and just feel like home – or that greasy spoon diner we all love to go to after a night out! For this particular patty melt I went with a loose meat style – mixing the mushrooms, onions and jalapenos all in with the meat! This Kicked-up Patty Melt is simple but oh so delicious!
I used buttermilk bread but you could do sourdough, rye, wheat, really any type of sliced bread. Just adjust cooking time accordingly for the type and thickness of your bread selections. I also left the seeds in my jalapeno, so that it really had a kick to it. If you want to mellow it out some, you can remove the seeds before you dice it. You will still get good flavor without so much heat. But keep in mind that the sweetness of the relish in the sauce provides a balance to the heat.
The building of this sandwich is a bit of a task but worth it. The real key is that you only want to have the sauce on one side – both is too much. Also you want to make sure the cheese you use (I went with swiss, but you could do white cheddar, colby jack, or maybe a smoked gouda!) is basically the same size as your bread. I also suggest that you build all of the sandwiches before you start putting them on the griddle – this way everyone will get a hot sandwich at the same time.
The best sides for a hearty sandwich like this are usually fries, tots or onion rings. You could also do a slaw, potato or pasta salad. I would also suggest a bean dish of some sort like baked beans or maybe my Texas Slow Cooker Beans.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Kicked up Patty Melt
- 16 slices Buttermilk Bread
- 16 slices Swiss Cheese
- 1½ lb Ground Beef
- 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
- ½ White Onion diced
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 cup Mushrooms chopped
- 1 Jalapeno diced
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
For the Sauce
- 1 cup Mayo
- ½ cup Ketchup
- ¼ cup Sweet Relish
- Prepare all of the ingredients.
- In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, add oil, onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add ground beef, red pepper flakes, salt, mushrooms, and jalapenos. Cook until no longer pink.
- Preheat griddle or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl.
- Build the sandwich – start with slice of bread spread with sauce, add a slice of cheese, portion of meat mixture, slice of cheese, and slice of bread. (See photo in post)
- Cook on griddle for 5 minutes on each side. Slice on the diagonal and serve up.
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