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Smothered Onion Patty Melts

Looking for a new twist on burgers? Margie Jarvis of Decatur, Tennessee has created a patty melt loaded with onions and Swiss cheese on rye bread. This flavorful combination is a great way to use ground turkey as well.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 8 slices rye bread, toasted
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute onions in oil for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the mustard, garlic, thyme, oregano and remaining salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  • Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Place each patty on a slice of toast; top with cheese, onions and remaining toast.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 539 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 973mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.
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  • leilacarson
    Jan 23, 2011

    A nice change from a regular burger! The whole family enjoyed them!

  • bgraves
    Jul 26, 2008

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    Jan 13, 2008

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    Mar 31, 2007

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