Recently, my sister found a new diner in her area (Orlando) and decided to give it a try.
The diner couldn't make her a milkshake.
What kind of diner doesn't serve milkshakes? The waitress told her that they hadn't gotten their milkshake machine in yet.
Wait. What? Milkshake machine? You mean a blender, right?
Nope. They mean a milkshake machine, like those you see at fast food restaurants. C'mon now. Milkshakes are milk and ice cream. Period. Any diner worth it's Wait to be Seated sign can make a real milkshake.
Anyway, she planted the seed in my brain and I decided to serve up some real diner food last night, with a twist. I made patty melts, sweet potato fries, and chocolate shakes. A patty melt is basically a thick burger served with cheese and fried onions (sometimes mushrooms) on grilled bread. Basically, a grilled cheese burger. Very tasty.
Diner-Style Patty Melts
What You Need:
- 1 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup melted butter plus a couple Tbsp more for pan
- 1 large onion
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 10 slices of buttered bread (rye or sourdough is best)
- 10 slices of American cheese
- mayonnaise if desired
- Combine ground beef, melted butter, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Form into five patties.
- Heat skillet over medium heat and add some butter to the pan. Fry burgers until cooked to taste.
- Meanwhile, fry onions in oil and toast buttered bread on a hot skillet.
- Prepare burgers: Slather on side of bread with mayo. Top with cheese, burger, onions, cheese, and then top slice of bread. Cut in halves and serve.