March 23, 2009 in beef
…because sometimes a man just needs man food.
I initially put this patty melt on my meal plan because I thought it would be quick and simple. I mean, how hard is it to grill up a burger and some onions? And it was easy but holy cow, did I spent forever in the kitchen!
First I had to grill the onions. Which by the way, if you don’t have a grill pan, go to your local sporting goods store. I got mine for $8 at Academy! Anyway, then I had to grill the burger. THEN I had to grill the whole sandwich which I did on the George Foreman because I always look for the easy way out.
Anyway, it was well worth it. The look on my husband’s face when he walked through the door and smelled burgers was worth it all by itself. Even my meat-hating child ate half a sandwich. This are definitely becoming a regular in our rotation but next time I want to figure out how to make the Steak n Shake sauce. Mmm!
Patty Melts with Grilled Onions
from Cooking Light
8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices Vidalia or other sweet onion
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 pound extralean ground beef
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons creamy mustard blend (such as Dijonnaise)
8 (1-ounce) slices rye bread
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Jarlsberg cheese
1. Arrange onion slices on a plate. Drizzle vinegar over onion slices. Heat a large grill pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cover and cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; cover and keep warm.
2. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Sprinkle patties evenly with salt and pepper. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done.
3. Spread about 1 teaspoon mustard blend over 4 bread slices; layer each slice with 2 tablespoons cheese, 1 patty, 2 onion slices, and 2 tablespoons cheese. Spread about 1 teaspoon mustard blend over remaining bread slices; place, mustard side down, on top of sandwiches.
4. Heat pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sandwiches to pan. Place a cast-iron or other heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until bread is toasted (leave cast-iron skillet on sandwiches while they cook).