Pimento Cheese Patty Melts are the ultimate southern patty melt. Beef patties, red pepper jelly-flavored caramelized onions, and pimento cheese are grilled between two slices of white bread.
The Patty Melt is a classic diner-style American sandwich and is one of my favroties. Typically made with grilled onion and American cheese, this one has a southern flair with onions cooked in butter and then flavored with a little thyme and red pepper jelly. The red pepper jelly adds both sweetness and a little heat to the onions. Instead of American cheese, these Pimento Cheese Patty Melts have a healthy slather of pimento cheese. The pimento cheese melts and gets so creamy, no sauce is needed. Plus it adds tons of cheese flavor.
Pimento Cheese Patty Melts Recipe Tips:
You can use homemade pimento cheese for this recipe or store bought.
A cast iron pan is perfect for this recipe. It gets a great sear on both the burger patties and the bread. As an alternative, use a nonstick pan.
I like to use 80 to 85% lean ground beef for this recipe. Having a good amount of fat produces a juicy and flavorful burger. You can use a leaner ground beef if you wish.
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- 2 medium sweet onions, cut in half and thinly sliced
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, divided
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
- 2 tablespoons red pepper jelly
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon Worscestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 slices sturdy white sandwich bread or sourdough bread.
- 1 1/3 cups pimento cheese
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large cast iron or nonstick skillet.Add onion and cook, stirring often for 20 minutes. Turn heat down if they are getting too browned.
- Transfer onion to a bowl and stir in thyme and red pepper jelly. Set aside.
- While the onion is cooking, combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Gently mix together.Shape into 4 oval patties.
- Wipe skillet clean, but leave a little grease.Heat over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side or until desired degree of doneness.
- Remove patties to a plate. Wipe skillet clean.
- Spread 1/3 cup of pimento cheese on half of the bread slices. Top each with a burger patty.
- Spread the onion mixture on the remaining bread slices and place them onion side down on top of the burger patties.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add 2 patty melts. Press down some on the patty melts as they cook and turn them over when golden on the bottom. Cook until second side is golden.
- Repeat with remaining butter and patty melts.
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Recipe adapted from Southern cast Iron
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