Who doesn’t love a patty melt!? Well, probably vegetarians. Other than that, who??
There’s a burger patty, melted cheese and sauteed onions. YUM!
When I was a kid I thought that a patty melt was created by someone named Patty. It wasn’t until later in life that it clicked. It’s a burger patty!! 🙂
Ordering a patty melt from a restaurant is especially delicious. Probably because they use oodles of butter. I can remember the grease dripping down my hands as I ate it.
Obviously that isn’t a very healthy meal. Especially with a side of fries. But like most things, it can be lightened up and Weight Watchers friendly.
To start with, I used Sara Lee 45 calorie whole wheat honey bread. I like it and it is only 1 Freestyle point per slice.
I used ground sirloin and I only used 3 ounces. That may not seem like a lot, but I promise it is filling.
I use my scale on a daily basis. It is so helpful in making sure my portion sizes are correct.
Once I had the 3 ounces of beef I added a couple splashes of Worcestershire sauce (no more than 1 teaspoon) and formed it into a patty. I made sure to make it pretty flat and wide knowing that it would shrink up some after it was cooked.
I wanted to use Swiss cheese but I didn’t have any so I used Sargento ultra thin mild cheddar cheese. That was 2 Freestyle points for one slice. If I had the Sargento ultra thin Swiss it would have only been 1 Freestyle point.
The patty melt is 8 Freestyle points. If you use the Sargento ultra thin Swiss cheese it would be 7 Freestyle points.
Either way, this is a very filling meal. Fries or chips used to be my side with this sandwich, instead I went with carrot sticks. I still got the crunch I wanted without all of the points.
If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.
If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!
Yield: 1 patty melt (8 Freestyle points)
- 1/2 onion
- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buter Spray
- 3 oz. ground sirloin
- A splash or two of Worcestershire sauce (no more than 1 teaspoon)
- Garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 slices 1 point bread (I used Sara Lee 45 calorie honey wheat bread)
- 1 slice Sargento ultra thin mild cheddar cheese
Slice the onion and break apart the pieces.
Spray a frying pan with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray and add the onion. Cook on medium-low for about 20 minutes – until they’re golden brown, stirring frequently.
Add Worcestershire sauce to the ground sirloin and form a patty. Sprinkle the patty with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Cook the patty in a frying pan. I cooked mine 5 minutes on each side to get it medium-well.
Remove patty from the pan and cover with foil.
Spray one side of each slice of bread with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray. To the other side add the slice of cheese, hamburger patty and sauteed onions.
Cook in a clean frying pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown.