Patty Melts With Secret Sauce

2.6/5 rating (26 votes)
Patty Melts With Secret Sauce


  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • ½ cup Secret Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup caramelized onions (see recipe below)
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
Secret Sauce
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
Caramelized Onions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium Vidalia onions, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Shape ground beef into 6 oval patties.

  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook patties over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove skillet from heat. Remove patties from skillet; wipe out skillet.

  3. Layer 1 bread slice with 1 tablespoon Secret Sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons caramelized onions, 1 slice cheese, 1 patty, and another tablespoon Secret Sauce. Top with another bread slice. Repeat with remaining bread, Secret Sauce, caramelized onions, cheese and patties.

  4. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Working in batches, cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and heated through, approximately 3 minutes per side. Add remaining butter to skillet as needed.

Secret Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, stir together above ingredients until mixed. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Caramelized Onions
  1. In a medium cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden brown.

Recipe courtesy of

Taste of the South

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