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
Yield: 1 patty melt = 8 Freestyle points
- 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
- 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.