This Patty Melt Gets a LOT of Love

Is it a ridiculously good-looking grilled cheese? Is it a mouthwatering hamburger? We’re thrilled to announce: It’s both! The patty melt has been a repeat Plated favorite—it’s difficult to deny the appeal of a griddled rye sandwich filled with a beef patty and Cheddar cheese. This is the kind of sandwich that’s totally acceptable to wax poetic about in-between gooey bites and wiping hands on shirttails. We think you’ll love this version paired with a side of baked sweet potato fries.

Patty Melts with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

2 sweet potatoes
⅛ ounce chives, divided
⅛ ounce thyme
12 ounces ground beef
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 slices rye bread
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
4 slices Cheddar cheese, divided
1 mini jar ketchup

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
baking sheet
12″ large pan
medium heavy pan


  • Burger patties tend to shrink but puff up in the middle when cooked. Forming them slightly larger than the bread ensures total patty-to-bread coverage. Creating a dimple in the center helps them cook evenly.
  • The heat is intensified under the patty melts when they’re pressed down, resulting in crisp bread, melty cheese, and juicy meat.


Prepare Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Rinse all produce. Halve sweet potatoes lengthwise, then cut lengthwise again into ½-inch slices. Cut lengthwise once more into ½-inch fries. Thinly slice chives. Strip thyme leaves, discarding stems. Pat beef dry with paper towel.

Bake Sweet Potato Fries:

On a baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and as much cayenne pepper as desired (it’s spicy!). Arrange in a single layer, transfer to oven, and bake until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

Make Patties:

While fries bake, in a large bowl, combine beef, thyme, half of chives, ½ teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired. Using your hands, mix well, then form into 2 equal patties, about ½-inch thick and wider than the bread slices. Using your thumb, create a shallow dimple on top of each patty (see Recipe Tip).

Sear Patties:

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add patties and sear until browned and medium rare, 1-2 minutes per side. Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on a clean dry surface. Spread butter on 1 side of each slice, flip, then spread mustard on other side, dividing evenly.

Assemble Patty Melts:

Keeping bread mustard-side up, layer 2 slices with half of Cheddar, then patties, then remaining Cheddar. Finish with remaining bread slices, mustard-side down. Wipe pan from patties clean and place over medium heat. When pan is just smoking, add patty melts and place a medium heavy pan on top (see Recipe Tip). Fry until bread is golden and cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes per side.

Plate Patty Melts:

Divide sweet potato fries evenly between 2 plates and garnish with remaining chives. Halve patty melts on a diagonal and serve with fries and ketchup for dipping. Enjoy!


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