Secret of Waffle House Patty Melt Recipe

You already know about my patty melt-loving tendencies. After the Whataburger patty melt recipe, today I’m back with the Waffle house patty melt recipe, another crispy, cheesy, highly flavorful, and mouth-watering food item to make in your comfort zone!

I love Waffle House from the bottom of my heart for they offer quality and a wide variety of delicious food items since before I was born! It has 2500+ locations in 25 states of the United States. As almost all the locations are in the south, Waffle house has been like a regional cultural icon all over the South since 1960. And my order in Waffle house is pretty simple: patty melt, side of bacon, extra crispy scattered hash browns!

I enjoy Waffle house patty melt without a bit of guilt because this food item is so damn good that it literally makes me savour its every bite passionately! Fortunately, my version of this recipe tastes just like the Waffle house! So, if you know what I mean, my words are not enough to express my feelings! See it yourself…


  • Grass-fed ground beef (1 pound)
  • Swiss cheese (4-8 slices are enough to cover one piece of bread)
  • Onions, preferably caramelized (3/4 cup)
  • Cheddar cheese (4-8 slices are enough to cover one piece of bread)
  • Unsalted butter, preferably softened or mayonnaise (4 tablespoons)
  • Rye bread or any sandwich bread of your liking (8 full slices)
  • For the raw burger patties, black pepper (a sprinkle)
  • For the raw burger patties, kosher salt (a sprinkle)
  • Worcestershire sauce (1 package)

Directions for cooking patty melt recipe

  • Heat butter (2 tablespoons) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and cook for 20-22 minutes, stirring very frequently. It should not take more than 25 minutes to caramelize the onion perfectly.
  • Then season the mixture with half a spoon of kosher salt and set it aside for the time being. (If you are using caramelized, skip step one.)
  • At the same time, season the ground beef using the other half or remain kosher salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Finishing the seasoning process, shape the ground beef into thin patties, as many as you want.
  • Take a non-stick skillet and heat it over high temperature; place the patties in the skillet and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Flip the patties and cook the opposite side for another 5 minutes. Then take the patties down and set them over paper towels to get rid of this excess grease.
  • Spread the slices of bread using one teaspoon of butter each. Then put two slices of bread on a plate and butter side down on the same plate. Sprinkle the bread pieces with little cheese.
  • Top the bread pieces evenly using onions and place the seasoned and cooked beef patties on top. Then sprinkle the patty melt with the remaining cheese and cover using the other slices of the bed (now butter side down).
  • Again, heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwich pieces on the skillet/griddle. Make sure to place the sandwiches with butter on the outer side.
  • Cook the sandwiches for 3-5 minutes until they are fully toasted. The flip over and cook the other opposite sides for 3-5 minutes, or more, if need be. By this time, the cheese should melt perfectly.

Now, slice the sandwiches in half, and enjoy the Waffle house patty melt recipe per your liking.

Tips and Tricks

  • You should never skimp on the butter. Use 1 tablespoon of butter maximum for each piece of sandwich. Even it is way too much high compared to any regular patty melt. However, this extra amount of butter will make every bite memorable.
  • Always opt for the 100% grain rye or any other seeded bread. It doesn’t matter whether your bread is gluten-free or wheat bread; just make sure you use pure whole grain.
  • Use grated cheese. It’s way better if you use freshly grated ones. Using pre-shredded cheese is like lowering the value of patty melt. So, grate the cheese yourself.

Nutritional Information

Waffle house patty melt takes the nourishing ingredients. So, technically, it is not one of those recipes that offer a vast amount of benefits in terms of nutrition. Yet, there are a couple of nutritional powerhouses in this recipe. Take onion, for example.

Nutrient Fact (Per 1 sandwich serving)ValueDaily Value
Calories590 (2478 kJ)
Protein33.00g 33.56
Carbohydrates33.00g 12%
Dietary Fiber0.8g 1.4%
Total Fat34.00g 44%
Saturated Fat0.003g0%
Trans Fat0.020g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.001g
Monounsaturated Fat0.000g
Cholesterol0 mg 0%
Alcohol0 g
Niacin Equivalents5.9mg 56%
Iron< 1 mg 0%
Note:  Daily Value percentage is based on a 2,000-calorie diet a day.


Can I reheat the patty melts?

Yes, you can double your recipe and reheat the next day and enjoy. To reheat

  • Use a dry skillet.
  • Use medium-high temperature and reheat until the patty melts are thoroughly warmed.
  • Never use a microwave for reheating patty melt as it will make the bread soggy.

So, as you know already, the Waffle house patty melt recipe is undoubtedly a very easy one to make. You can either caramelize the onions or use caramelized onions, prepare your hamburger patty, and use some grated cheese! Then put them all together on the bread pieces, and you have your straightforward and fast go-to meal on the table!

Besides, these patty melts are extraordinarily flavorful and cheesy! If I were you, I would have started to prepare this patty melt recipe already!

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