Portuguese Patty Melts recipe

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1 ½ pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, or more to taste, minced
1 tablespoon water
freshly ground black pepper to taste
¼ cup olive oil
2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 (4 ounce) link linguica sausage
4 slices American cheese
8 slices deli rye bread
2 tablespoons butter, softened, or to taste
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or to taste

Nutrition Info

1002.1 calories
carbohydrate: 48.7 g
cholesterol: 171.1 mg
fat: 67.7 g
fiber: 6.6 g
protein: 48.6 g
saturatedFat: 26 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 1465.4 mg
sugar: 9.4 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Mix ground beef, garlic, water, and pepper in a bowl. Form into 4 large patties and place in the refrigerator to chill while onions cook.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stir in onion and sprinkle cumin over top. Saute until onions are light brown and limp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove onions to a bowl.

  3. Slice sausage lengthwise into 4 pieces. Place in the hot skillet and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.

  4. Take patties out of the refrigerator and place in the skillet. Cook until no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C). Top each patty with a slice of American cheese, cook until cheese begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Add a sausage slice to each patty. Remove patties to a plate.

  5. Butter all bread slices on one side. Place 4 pieces bread, buttered-sides down, in the skillet. Place patties on top, add mustard to taste, top with sauteed onions, and place the remaining bread, buttered-sides up, on top. Cook until light brown and toasted, about 2 minutes per side.

Recipe Yield

4 large patty melts

Recipe Note

This is a simple burger with a Portuguese flair--our take on a traditional patty melt. My husband is Portuguese and almost everything we cook has some form of garlic, onion, and olive oil. The linguica really puts this over the top!

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