Roasted Jalapeno Patty Melts
Roasted Jalapeño Patty Melts – these aren’t your Mama’s patty melts. Seriously, these are like the best thing ever. So darn delicious!!
One of my husband’s very first jobs when he was younger was working at the Waffle House. And, I’m super proud of that… because my husband can make some mean patty melts. And chicken melts. And he can flip an egg like a magician. Me on the other hand – well, I can flip an egg, but it doesn’t land back in the pan… My dogs enjoy the way I flip an egg though.. since it usually lands on the floor and they get an egg over easy just for them.
Every so often, we have ‘Waffle House Night’ at our house where my husband makes the grub…. and I just sit back and wait to see what he makes. I have to admit, the patty melts are my favorite. This past time, when he was making the melts – I had the idea to roast a few jalapenos to put on them.
FYI – Roasted jalapenos on a patty melt is pure awesomeness.
For those of you who don’t know how to roast a jalapeno, let me tell you – it’s so easy. Simply set your oven to broil, place your jalapenos on a baking sheet, and cook for a few minutes on each side – til the jalapeno is 80% blackened. Then, place the jalapeno in a plastic ziploc bag, and seal. Let it sit like that for about 15 minutes. Then, remove them – and peel off the skins (which will be super easy). Discard of the stem, seeds, & the skin.
Ok – for the burger part of the patty melt – make sure you either buy or make thin patties. Cook them to your desired doneness.. You will also want sauteed onions. 1 medium to large onion, diced, for every 4 patty melts. Saute them in a tablespoon or so of butter until nicely browned, and yummy.
Now, for the bread & cheese part – my husband insists that there is only one acceptable way to do this – and this is to toast the bread & add the cheese & onions before you place the meat on the bread. That way you don’t have to attempt to flip a whole sandwich & risk the sandwich falling apart. If you do otherwise, please know that my husband will be nodding his head disapprovingly.
Either spread softened butter one one side of each slice of bread – or melt the butter in the skillet. Then, place the bread in the skillet, and lay one piece of cheese on each side. Divide the sauteed onions evenly between half of the slices of bread – meaning for each 2 slices of bread to a sandwich, you will want 1 piece of cheese on each slice & onions only on one.
Now, you’re ready for the meat – and the roasted jalapeno(s). I like just a little heat – so I just add one roasted jalapeno to my melt. My husband on the other hand enjoys to wipe the sweat from his forehead while eating so he proceeded to put 2 on one and 3 on another.
Sandwich in your meat, press down with a spatula to ‘glue’ it together – then slice & serve.
If you are a fan of roasted jalapeno goodness in sandwich form, then make sure you check out these Bacon & Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! You could also add bacon to this patty melt as well – because like butter, everything is better with bacon 😉
- 4 thin beef patties, cooked to desired doneness
- 1 large onion, diced
- 8 slices of bread
- 8 slices of American cheese
- 4 roasted jalapenos (or more if you like it hot)
- Saute the onions in a tablespoon of butter until nicely browned. Set aside.
- Melt enough butter to cover the bottom of your skillet, and set your bread slices inside. Lay a piece of cheese on each slice of bread, and divide the sauteed onions between half of the bread slices. Once the bread is nice & toasty, add your cooked burger patty & roasted jalapenos on top of the slice with the onions. Top with the other slice of toasty, cheesy bread - and press down with your spatula. Cook for another 30 seconds or so & press the sandwich down with a spatula to 'glue' it together. Serve immediately.