Copycat Freddy’s patty melt recipe is effortless to make at home. Enjoy all the flavor of gooey cheese and caramelized onions on a tender beef patty.

Freddy's patty melt cut in half.

Copycat Freddy’s patty melt recipe

I love to recreate our favorite meals so we can enjoy them at home. This Freddy’s Patty Melt is always a crowd pleaser and so easy to make. You are going to save time and money making this patty melt at home.

What is a Patty Melt?

It is a variation of the classic cheeseburger. The difference between a traditional cheeseburger and a patty melt is the bread.

A patty melt is served on sandwich bread and cooked on a griddle or skillet.

What’s on a Freddy’s patty melt?

This consists of a hamburger patty topped with swiss cheese and sautéed onions. It is sandwiched between 2 slices of rye bread. Everything comes together for the best skillet melt.

Ingredients for Freddy's patty melt.

Ingredients: 

  • Slices Rye Bread 
  • Ground Beef 
  • White Onion, sliced 
  • Butter 
  • Swiss Cheese 

How to make Freddy’s patty melt:

  • Step 1 – Make the patties. Divide the ground beef into 2 even balls (approximately 3 oz each). Then, butter one side of each piece of the Rye bread with 1 Tbsp of the butter. 
  • Step 2 – Sauté the onions with melted butter. Then melt the remaining tablespoon butter in a large skillet (or cast iron pan) over medium high heat.  Then top the melted butter with the sliced onions. 

    Sauté the onions in the butter until they are caramelized (3-5 minutes).  Next, remove the onions from the skillet and set aside.  
  • Step 3 – Place the ground beef on the skillet over medium high heat.  Put a piece of parchment paper on top of the beef and use a spatula or a burger press to smash the meat into 2 thin patties.  
  • Step 4 – Allow to cook. Let the patties cook until they are a deep goldened browned and crispy (2-3 minutes).  Then flip the patties over (do not smash) and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes until it is also browned and crispy.  
  • Step 5 – Top with a slice of cheese. Place a piece of the Swiss cheese on each patty and allow it to melt.  Then remove the patties from the skillet once cheese is melted. Set aside.  
  • Step 6 – Place the slices of bread in the skillet. Put the bread on the skillet butter side down and toast the bread.  
  • Step 7 – Assemble the sandwich.  Place one piece of the bread on a plate (toasted side down), top with 1 of the patties, half of the fried onions, then the remaining patty, the rest of the fried onions and top with the 2nd piece of bread (toasted side on top).  
  • Step 8 – Cut and serve. Cut in half and the patty melt is ready to serve and enjoy! You can season with salt and pepper if you prefer. 

How to store:

These patty melts are best served fresh.  However, if you have leftovers, store them inside an airtight container in the fridge.

I recommend storing the onions, meat and bread separately. This will prevent it from getting soggy.

How to reheat:

Reheat the sandwich in the microwave until heated through. Another option is to reheat it in a skillet if you prefer it to be crispier.

Freddy's patty melt cut in half.

What to Serve with a Patty Melt:

Freddy's patty melt cut in half.

Variations:

  • Cheese – You can easily use any of your favorite types of cheese in this recipe if you do not like Swiss Cheese.  
  • Bread – You can use sourdough or artisan bread if you prefer. However, Freddy’s does use Rye Bread in their recipe.  
Freddy's patty melt cut in half.

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Freddy’s Patty Melt

5 from 3 votes
Copycat Freddy's patty melt recipe is effortless to make at home. Enjoy all the flavor of gooey cheese and caramelized onions on a tender beef patty.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 1
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 954
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Rye Bread
  • 6 oz Ground Beef
  • ½ White Onion sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Slices Swiss Cheese

Instructions

  • Divide the ground beef into 2 even balls (approximately 3 oz each) and butter one side of each piece of the Rye bread with 1 Tbsp of the butter.
  • Melt the remaining butter in a large skillet (or cast iron pan) over medium high heat.  Then top the melted butter with the sliced onions.  Sauté the onions in the butter until they are caramelized (3-5 minutes).  Remove the onions from the skillet and set aside.
  • Place the ground beef on the skillet over medium high heat.  Put a piece of parchment paper on top of the beef and use a spatula or a burger press to smash the meat into 2 thin patties.
  • Let the patties cook until they are browned and crispy (2-3 minutes).  Then flip the patties over (do not smash) and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes until it is also browned and crispy.
  • Place a piece of the Swiss cheese on each patty and allow it to melt.  Then remove the patties from the skillet and set aside.
  • Put the bread on the skillet butter side down and toast the bread.
  • Then assemble the sandwich.  Place one piece of the bread on a plate (toasted side down), top with 1 of the patties, half of the fried onions, then the remaining patty, the rest of the fried onions and top with the 2nd piece of bread (toasted side on top).
  • Cut in half and the patty melt is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can easily use any of your favorite types of cheese in this recipe if you do not like Swiss Cheese.  
You can use sourdough or artisan bread if you prefer, but Freddies does use Rye Bread in their recipe.   These patty melts are best served fresh. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 954kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 45g, Fat 69g, Saturated Fat 34g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 24g, Trans Fat 3g, Cholesterol 213mg, Sodium 745mg, Potassium 677mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 988IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 399mg, Iron 5mg

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