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Switch Up Your Burger Game
Sep 20, 2022

Switch Up Your Burger Game

Patty Melts with Charred Scallion

Classic versions of the patty melt often include caramelized onions, but those take time, so here cookbook author Molly Stevens leans on quick-charred scallions instead. Chipotle-spiked mayonnaise adds an extra dose of lushness and a punch of smoky heat. 
Recipe Courtesy of Food & Wine - Molly Stevens
Prep Time 10 mins | Cook Time 20 hours | 4 Servings

  • 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

  • Shape ground beef into 4 thin patties to match the size and shape of bread slices. Set aside.
  • Toss together scallions, oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of black pepper in a bowl. 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 together chopped scallions, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, chipotle chiles, and adobo sauce in a small bowl; set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
  • 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 patties 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 bottoms and beef is cooked to desired degree of doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare (about 145°F). Transfer patties to a plate lined with paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.
  • Spread about 1 tablespoon scallion-chipotle mayonnaise on 4 bread slices. Top each with 1 cheese slice, 1 patty, and 1 additional cheese slice. Cover with remaining bread slices.
  • Return skillet to heat over medium. Spread 1 outer side of each sandwich with 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise; place sandwiches, mayonnaise side down, in skillet. Cook sandwiches, pressing tops with a spatula, until bottoms are golden, 1 minute and 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Spread top of each sandwich with 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise; flip sandwiches. Cook sandwiches, pressing tops occasionally with spatula, until bottoms of sandwiches are toasty and cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Cut sandwiches in half, and serve.

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