Dinner, Lunch

Patty Melt – Weight Watchers Freestyle

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.

Patty Melt - Weight Watchers Freestyle

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yield: 1 patty melt = 8 Freestyle points

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter 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 of 1 point bread (I used Sara Lee 45 calorie honey wheat bread)
  • 1 slice Sargento ultra thin mild cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Slice the onion and break apart the pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce to the ground sirloin and form a patty. Sprinkle the patty with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the patty in a frying pan. I cooked mine 5 minutes on each side to get it medium-well.
  5. Remove patty from the pan and cover with foil.
  6. 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.
  7. Cook in a clean frying pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown.

Weight Watchers Freestyle Patty Melt

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