Turkey patty melt

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 50 minutes
Serves 4     adjust servings

This turkey patty melt sandwich is a healthier version of the diner classic and is perfect for an easy lunch or dinner the whole family will love!


    For the caramelized onions

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    For the patties

    • 1.25 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
    • 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    For the sandwiches

    • 8 slices Swiss cheese
    • 8 slices rye bread or bread of choice
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


    To make the caramelized onions:

    Heat butter in a large skillet over medium low heat.

    Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes, until very tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    To make the patties:

    When the onions are about halfway done, get started on the patties.

    Combine ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix until just combined.

    Divide the mixture into 4 even parts and make large, thin patties (you want to try and get them about the size of your bread).

    Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and melt the butter.

    Add the patties and cook 3-4 minutes, then turn over and cook another 3-4 minutes, until patties are just cooked through. (They’ll continue to cook off the heat and are also going back in the pan as part of the sandwiches.)

    To make the sandwiches:

    Place a piece of Swiss cheese on a slice of bread. Top with one of the patties then a scoop of caramelized onions. Add another slice of Swiss cheese and then the top slice of bread. Repeat for the remaining sandwiches.

    Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the sandwiches (work in batches if needed) and cook for 2-3 minutes, until well browned and the cheese is melted. Flip the sandwiches over and cook on the other side until well browned and the cheese is melted.

    Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    Rye bread is traditional but feel free to use any other sandwich bread you like, just keep in mind that you’ll want the patties to be about the same size as the bread.

    I use ground turkey for my homemade patty melts to make them a little healthier, but you can use regular ground beef here too.

    I listed the serving size as 4, but you could possibly get 5 patties out of this recipe. It depends on how large you make each patty.

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