Patty Melt on Pumpernickel Recipe -
Patty Melt on Pumpernickel Recipe
  • READY IN 59 mins

Patty Melt on Pumpernickel

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"Juicy cooked beef patties with steak sauce, sweet onions, and Swiss cheese are sandwiched on slices of pumpernickel bread and grilled on the skillet until hot and melty."

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Original recipe makes 4 sandwiches Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    34 mins

    59 mins


  1. Melt the 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown.
  2. Combine ground beef, steak sauce, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper in a large bowl. Shape into four 4-inch patties that are 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink, turning once. Drain fat from skillet and wash skillet.
  4. Place 4 slices of bread on a cutting board. Top each with 1 slice of cheese, a beef patty, 1/4 of the onions, 1 slice of cheese, and another slice of bread. Brush outside of sandwiches with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Preheat the clean skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches, half at a time, for 6 minutes or until cheese melts and bread is toasted, turning once.
  5. [Cleaning tip: Once the stove top is cool, wipe up any oil splatters or spills with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes*.]
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  • *Use as directed. For surfaces that may come in contact with food, a potable water rinse is required.

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Aug 31, 2013

While I found #5 in the directions off putting (“Cleaning tip: Once the stove top is cool, wipe up any oil splatters or spills with Chlorox Disinfecting Wipes), it wasn’t enough to dampen my enthusiasm for this recipe. It is, of course, “only” a classic patty melt sandwich, but I was particularly intrigued by the steak sauce (I used A1) mixed into the meat. It was just barely noticeable, and pleasantly so. I could not bring myself to add the oregano. The instruction to cook the onion over low heat for a good 20 minutes was important. As the onions cooked down, caramelizing in their own sugars, they reduced into something smooth and richly flavored, a major contribution to the sandwich. The step of melting the butter before spreading it on the bread wasn't necessary – softened butter works just fine! Hubs likes neither rye bread nor Swiss cheese but agreed to tolerate this sandwich. He “suffered” through it with some homemade Thousand Island dressing on the side – a nice complement I must say! This sandwich, along with a bowl of “Winter Leek and Potato Soup,” also from this site, made for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Mar 26, 2014

Hardly have ever had patty melts before. Found it tasty and a refreshing change from a normal barbecued burger on a bun. One thing I did change was using generic spray kitchen cleaner with bleach and wash rag to clean up instead of the clorox wipes ;)

Sep 02, 2013

Delicious! I have never made or eaten a patty melt, so this was a wonderful treat for us. I omitted the oregano from the meat mixture and used marble rye bread...this is a keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Apr 09, 2014

Only 4 stars cuz of all my changes. Sorry, but this recipe deserves 10 stars!! These sammies were AWESOME!! First of all I used Johnsonville's Bratwurst & spicy Italian sausages in place of the hamburger. Excellent choice if I do say so myself:)If that's not proof enough, my 19 yo DS ate 2 of them!! I also used soy sauce in place of the steak sauce and left out the oregano cuz I had a blond moment and forgot. The cheese I used was habanero jack, full flavored w/o a lot of heat. Trust me, I am barely up to jalapeno status and this cheese is FAB! Rye bread along with pickles make this a Winner any night of the week!

Jun 20, 2013

The ground beef mixture made a good burger. Pretty much just a standard patty melt, but we enjoyed it.

Feb 27, 2015

Good recipe, but i brown my bread slices on both sides of bread until lightly browned Then I add the cooked burger patty, cheese and onions and put back in pan to melt cheese and heat through. I just like a crispier bread .

Nov 23, 2014

I have been wanting to make this recipe for a while but I never had the pumpernickel or rye bread on hand. I finally decided to make my own bread using the perfect bread found on this site. (Caraway Rye bread by BramptonMommyof2). I was never a fan of steak sauce until I tried a store brand (Kroger's). It is a sweet and spicy type steak sauce which worked perfectly with this recipe. Using my thumb, I indented the center of each patty to help with even cooking and to keep its shape. The patties were wonderfully juicy and tasty. Putting it altogether with the spices, onions, Swiss cheese and freshly made rye bread was excellent. And I even had Clorox wipes on-hand to clean up my mess afterwards. Thanks Clorox, this is an outstanding sandwich!

Oct 07, 2014

What's better than a diner classic when the cold weather comes around? Made this classic sandwich using Johnsonville brand Sweet Italian Sausage. Substituted ketchup for the steak sauce and mayo on the bread for the butter. It was a crispy, crunchy, gooey, savory blend of goodness. Try this classic with sausage. It's a great update.


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  • Calories
  • 787 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.6 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 176 mg
  • 59%
  • Fat
  • 46.7 g
  • 72%
  • Fiber
  • 5.8 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 49 g
  • 98%
  • Sodium
  • 821 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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