Reuben-Style Patty Melt

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This Reuben Sandwich and Patty Melt mashup will knock your socks off. Instead of corned beef, the grilled sandwich features a juicy burger with all the Reuben-style fixings.

Reuben Style Patty Melt Good Cheap Eats

Grilled cheese sandwiches are probably some of my favorite types of sandwiches. I love the crisp, buttery outside. But, I like burgers, too. I treat myself to a Double-Double once a week. There’s nothing like a good, juicy cheeseburger.

You can imagine my joy when I first tried a patty melt; I was smitten. For the uninitiated, a patty melt is a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger patty tucked inside. They are super duper delicious.

Know what takes them over the top? When you dress up the patty melt with all the fixings of a Reuben sandwich.

I’m not a fan of corned beef, but I love all the other goodies in a Reuben, so I did a little mashup that will set your tastebuds ablaze. This Reuben-Style Patty Melt is a recipe from my latest cookbook, Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less.

Not only can you whip up a handcrafted hot sandwich but a homemade sauce in half an hour. It’s perfect comfort food for a cold night! In the cookbook (page 83) I pair it with a fresh tomato salad, but until tomatoes come in season, I’d go for the Quick Tomato Bisque on page 67. Talk about your comfort food!

(Don’t forget I’m scoping through the book this month. Follow me on Periscope to get the dish on quick ways to eat well on a budget!)

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Reuben-Style Patty Melt
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
This Reuben Sandwich and Patty Melt mashup will knock your socks off. Instead of corned beef, the grilled sandwich features a juicy burger with all the Reuben-style fixings.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: patty melt, reuben, reuben patty melt
Servings: 4
Calories: 748 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 lemon (zest from)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill pickles
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • softened butter for the bread
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut drained
  1. Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and form each into a thin, oblong patty, similar in shape to the rye bread slices. Season each patty with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the burgers until no longer pink, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. While the burgers are cooking, mix together the sauce in a small bowl. Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, lemon zest, pickles, and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Once the burgers are cooked, itโ€™s time to cook the sandwiches. Heat a griddle. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Build each sandwich by layering the following: bread (butter side out), a slathering of sauce, a cooked burger patty, one slice of cheese, and 1/4 cup sauerkraut. Top with the remaining bread slice, butter side out. Cook on the hot griddle until the bread is crisp and toasty and the cheese is melted. Serve with extra sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 8 sandwiches. Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Reuben-Style Patty Melt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 748 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 1082mg47%
Potassium 663mg19%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 645IU13%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 518mg52%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This is so brilliant! It’s so hard to find good corned beef, but easy enough to find good ground beef.

  2. Mary says

    I made this for the first time last night from your cookbook and it was a hit! My husband just ate the extra sandwich an hour ago and it surprised me to see your post. ? We will be eating these again!

    • Yay! So glad you liked it! I agreed to only share a small percentage of the cookbook recipes online, and this is one of them, because I love it so much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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