Kicked up Patty Melt

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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!

Kicked-up Patty Melt
Kicked-up Patty Melt

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.

Kicked-up Patty Melt

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.

Kicked-up Patty Melt

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

A mostly traditional patty melt, with a bit of a kick!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword jalapeno, mushrooms, onions, provolone, sandwich, Swiss Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • Griddle


  • 16 slices Buttermilk Bread
  • 16 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 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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16 thoughts on “Kicked up Patty Melt

  1. We loved this patty melt! And the addition of jalapenos was a nice touch since my husband and I both like a little heat..thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Giangi's Kitchen – Hi! Thank you for stopping by Giangi's Kitchen Blog. I am a working mom, a wife, and a passionate cook. A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook. With no idea of where to start, and having to follow my grandmother, mother and father's foot steps in the kitchen, I decided to grab a cookbook with beautiful pictures and try my best to replicate them. That was the beginnig of a great love affair and an extensive collection of cook books, and dinner parties for friends and family. Then, of course, to an array of dishes, pots and pans and gadgets, that I could problably open my own store. Being a working mom has limited the time that I have to spend in my kitchen during the work week, and as a result I started creating, modifying recipes to allow me to make them in within a 45 minutes time frame. But most of all, I do enjoy cooking for my family, especially my son, who is my most precious food critic, and his openess to all sorts of differents foods, makes my heart filled with happiness every dinner time.
    Giangi's Kitchen says:

    Looks and sounds amazing, Great combination of all the ingredients. I bet it tastes devine.

  3. Bianca - Oh Sweet Cultureshock – Schweiz – Hi, I am Bianca, and I love eating seasonal and multicultural. Oh Sweet Cultureshock is all about delicious recipes made from scratch which are inspired by the people and places around me. By learning from people coming from different backgrounds and combining that knowledge with my personal experience of experimenting with food, I create delicious new dishes. My hope is to inspire you to try dishes with flavors from all around the world and try something new. Thank you for joining me!
    Bianca - Oh Sweet Cultureshock says:

    I have never heard of a patty melt before but now I am obsessed!

  4. I love a good Patty melt. One of my favorites. I am happy to feature this this tasty sandwich at Love Your Creativity.

  5. Laurie – Tennessee – Off grid living on 26 rural acres in East TN, building our off grid homestead cabin, DIY life, herb gardening, greenhouse, pursuing a plant based healthy lifestyle Find us on our blog, YouTube , Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest. Ridge Haven Homestead on all profiles.
    Laurie says:

    This looks like a quick and easy recipe. I’d be the one to make it with vegan burger crumbles, lol! There’s one in every crowd!

    Thanks for sharing your recipes at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    God bless,
    Ridge Haven Homestead
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