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The Hamburger Fatty Melt

Recipe from: Serious Eats: Food Blog and Community
Servings: 4 burgers

It's a hamburger whose bun is two grilled cheese sandwiches!

This is pretty straightforward, and you probably don't need the recipe below now that you've seen the photo and grasped the concept. But if you want details from my trial-and-error session with this thing, have at it:


1 pound ground beef[1]
salt and freshly ground pepper
8 Very Thin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (recipe below)
4 medium-thick or 8 thin tomato slices — optional, but recommended

Divide beef into 4 equal parts. Shape into square patties slightly larger than the grilled cheese sandwiches that will serve as buns. (Use a slice of the Pepperidge Farm Very Thin bread as a template if you're uncomfortable eyeballing this.) Create an indentation in the centers of the patties—This will help maintain even thickness, as the center typically swells up when cooking.

Preheat a cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottom pan to medium-high. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, prepare the Very Thin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Salt and pepper both sides of burger patties liberally. Throw those suckers in the cast-iron pan, cooking them in batches of two if your pan isn't big enough to hold them all at once. Cook about 3 minutes per side for medium. Remove patties from pan and let rest a couple minutes.

Sandwich patties between two grilled cheese sandwiches and top each with 1 medium-thick slice of ripe tomato. (Variation: Slice tomatoes thinly and 1 slice directly into each Very Thin Grilled Cheese Sandwich.)

[1] I'm not specifying a type here. Burger experts, feel free to use your tried-and-true mixture. For those of you who need hand-holding, I'd go with a good 80-percent lean variety—it has enough fat to stay juicy but not so much that it will shrink.

Very Thin Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Servings: Makes 2 sandwiches, or enough for 1 Hamburger Fatty Melt

Because the bread is very thin, these sandwiches cook much faster than the grilled cheese sandwiches you may be used to making.

butter, softened
4 slices Pepperidge Farm Very Thin white bread
4 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese (yellow, not white)
2 slices tomato (optional)

Heat nonstick pan or griddle to medium. Spread just enough butter to cover both sides of each slice of bread. (Yes, both.)

Place 4 bread slices in pan, and cook for about 30 seconds (or work in batches of 2 if your pan isn't big enough). Flip slices and place one slice of cheese on top. (Placing cheese on hot side helps melt it.) If you are adding tomato slices to your grilled cheese sandwiches, this is the time to layer them in.

Sandwich the 4 slices together to form 2 sandwiches. Cook about 2 minutes per side, or until sandwiches are golden brown on each side.


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