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Aug 20, 2023

Switch Up Your Burger Game | Patty Melts

Patty Melts with Charred Scallion

Recipe Courtesy of Food & Wine - Molly Stevens
Prep Time 10 mins | Cook Time 20 hours | 4 Servings

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PHOTO BY: David Malosh / Prop Styling by Amy Wilson / Food Styling by Maggie Ruggiero

Shopping List

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bunch scallions (6 to 8 scallions), root ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon plus a pinch of kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon plus a pinch of black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles plus 3 teaspoon adobo sauce from can
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Bakery white or rye sandwich bread
  • 8 - 1 ounce slices of Oaxaca cheese (quesillo) or Monterey Jack cheese

Cooking Instructions


  1. Shape ground beef into four thin patties to match the size and shape of bread slices. Set aside.
  2. Toss in a bowl with scallions, oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add scallions; cook, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer scallions to a cutting board and coarsely chop. Stir chopped scallions, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, chipotle chiles, and adobo sauce in a small bowl; set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. Add butter to skillet; melt over medium-high. Add beef patties, and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook patties, pressing tops occasionally using a spatula to keep cakes thin and flat, until bottoms are well browned, about 2 minutes. Flip patties; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook patties, pressing tops occasionally, until a crust forms on the bottoms and beef is cooked to the desired degree of doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare (about 145°F). Transfer the patties to a plate lined with paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.
  4. Spread about one tablespoon of scallion-chipotle mayonnaise on four bread slices. Top each with one cheese slice, patty, and cheese slice. Cover with remaining bread slices.
  5. Return the skillet to heat over medium. Spread one outer side of each sandwich with 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise; place sandwiches, mayonnaise side down, in skillet.
  6. Cook sandwiches, pressing tops with a spatula, until bottoms are golden, 1 minute and 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Spread the top of each sandwich with 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise; flip the sandwiches. 
  7. Cook sandwiches, pressing tops occasionally with a spatula, until the bottoms of sandwiches are toasty and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  8. Cut sandwiches in half, and serve.

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