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Pastrami Patty Melt Sliders

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Pastrami Patty Melt Sliders
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 16
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Pastrami Patty Melt Sliders

These bite-sized sammies take the Patty Melt to a whole new level of adorable deliciousness.



pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef or ground turkey
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
teaspoons Dijon mustard
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
clove garlic, finely chopped


teaspoon vegetable oil
medium onions, thinly sliced, separated into rings
teaspoon salt
Dash pepper


pound thinly sliced pastrami
small loaf mini rye bread
slices (3/4 oz. each) Swiss cheese


  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill. In medium bowl, mix all patty melt ingredients (not onion ingredients, bread, cheese or pastrami). Shape mixture into 16 small patties, about 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate while cooking onions.
  • 2 In 8-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onions in oil, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in salt and pepper; keep warm.
  • 3 Place patties on grill rack over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160ºF. Add bread slices to side of grill for last 5 minutes of grilling, turning once, until lightly toasted. Top patties with a mound of pastrami, and cheese. Cover grill; cook about 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Place patties on bread; top with onions.
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Heirloom Twist: Patty Melt Sliders

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen,

We challenged Tablespoon bloggers to choose a classic recipe from the "Heirloom Recipes and New Twist" section of the brand new Betty Crocker Cookbook and throw down their own spin to share with you.

Today's twist: Pastrami Patty Melt Sliders, CheekyKitchen's version of Betty's classic Patty Melts with Smothered Onions.

Remember the first time you ate a patty melt? How shockingly delicious that seasoned patty of ground beef tasted, all slathered in caramelized onions and served up on rye bread? Well, prepare yourselves. Because we've topped the classic patty melt with layers of pastrami and served it up on teensy tiny slices of cocktail bread to make insanely perfect and totally incredible Pastrami Patty Melt Sliders.

Intrigued? This recipe is super simple and so fun to make. It's based on the tried-and-true Betty Crocker Grilled Patty Melt with Smothered Onions classic recipe, which you can find in Betty's latest (and most beautiful!) cookbook. You've got to get yourself a copy!

New Betty Crocker Cookbook

As soon as you get the cookbook, flip the shiny pages, drool over the gorgeous photos, then flip to page 316 and mix up a half-batch of Patty Melt ground beef.  (Or you can find this recipe on Tablespoon, too!)

New Betty Crocker Cookbook Patty Melt Recipe

To make these sliders, you want to start with that classic, perfectly seasoned patty melt meat.

 Cooking Meat for Patty Melt Sliders Recipe

Shape the meat into bite-sized burgers, and cook them with some thinly sliced onions on a hot grill pan.

Patty Melt Slider Recipe Cooking

Add pastrami. Mounds of it. Then, add cheese. Always cheese.

Bread for Patty Melt Sliders Recipe

Then, you'll need a mini loaf of rye bread. Most grocers carry these loaves by the gourmet cheese section near the deli. Once you get them, toast up that bread just a bit.

Toasted Bread for Patty Melt Sliders Recipe

Hold yourself back. This is getting good.

Plate of Patty Melt Sliders Sandwiches

Once you've prepared the meat, the bread, the awesomeness, put it all together.

Patty Melt Slider Sandwich

Hold it all together. Ready the mouth. And bite. The next step here would be to share. There are plenty of these adorable, scrumptious sandwiches to go around at your next game day celebration or neighborhood party.

But then again, no one has to know that. Share or keep them all for yourselves. Or sleep with them under your pillow.


More Heirloom Recipes:

Watch for posts across all channels on Tablespoon.com this week for blogger twists on heirloom recipes!

Brooke blogs at CheekyKitchen.com where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke’s profile to see what she cooks up next!

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