Classic Patty Melt Recipe with Valerie Bertinelli | Valerie's Home Cooking | Food Network

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Classic Patty Melt
Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr
Active: 45 min
Yield: 4 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 pounds ground beef (80 percent lean)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
8 slices rye bread
About 1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese


Heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

Mix the ground meat with the ketchup, Worcestershire, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Form the meat into 4 oblong patties in the approximate size and shape of the bread (they should be a little less than 1/2-inch-thick).

Add 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet and heat it over medium-high heat until the foam subsides. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until cooked to medium doneness, about 2 1/2 minutes per side. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to a plate.

Wipe the skillet clean. Butter one side of half of the bread slices, then place them butter-side down in the skillet. Add a slice of cheese on top of each slice of bread, then add the patties and onions. Lay one more slice of cheese on top of the onions, then add the top slices of bread. Butter the top of the bread. Flip the sandwiches and cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil. Cook the remaining sandwiches with the remaining butter in the same manner.

Cut the patty melts in half and serve immediately.

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Classic Patty Melt Recipe with Valerie Bertinelli | Valerie’s Home Cooking | Food Network

17 Replies to “Classic Patty Melt Recipe with Valerie Bertinelli | Valerie's Home Cooking | Food Network”

  1. Ok so I pretty much had all the right ingredients so totally made these. (I was going to do BLTs but then saw Valerie so went with it) I didn't have rye so used sourdough. The other thing I did different was mix in some chopped bacon with the onions after cooking in separate pans. Plus I used a mixture of butter & mayonnaise on bread to grill. Came out great, my family liked them for sure. Definitely make again! Thanks so much

  2. Hey, Valerie was a fun actor, but with so many talented chefs out there do we really have to give all the air time to celebrities who just follow the directions of their people, pretending that they are cooks? But I guess if the "women of The View" can capture the imagination of the TV world, why not. But it's sad. Valerie and people like Rachael Ray have no business doing cooking shows.

  3. Nice vid. My twist is that I make a burger sauce that I put on it and I use mayo (instead of butter) on the outside of the bread and griddle. Don't knock it till you tried it. Trust me.
    Thanks for posting!

  4. A patty melt? I suppose peanut butter and jelly will be next. I'm sick of "celebrities" doing cooking shows. I guess the good news is I can watch videos on YouTube made by real chefs and no longer have to be shackled to the TV to watch this drivel. Don't get me wrong. I like Valerie as an actress. But she ain't a chef. Not even a cook. Just an actor playing one on TV.

  5. Omg my daughter had the same cow. I lost her in 2005 at the age 18. Good memories. Love your cooking show on YouTube.

  6. Hey Val I use to watch your TV show and was learning all kinds of tips you had my girlfriend’s name is Valerie also she asked me who I was watching when I told her it was you she said I must have had a crush ? on you because I me someone with the same name ? go figure lol love the video and thanks for the tips

  7. Didn't know she was a good cook. I seen her Chicken cacciatore recipe and I want to have that again. My uncle use to make it when I was a kid. He made again years back and it was delicious. But he added spahgetti noodles into it. It came out so delicious.

  8. Thanks to you, Valerie, I now need to go back to the store for Swiss Cheese and rye bread!

  9. My favorite sandwich, ever!!! Add a crunchy dill pickle on the side….perfection.

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