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Is it a burger or is it not a burger? Whatever you think, the patty melt is sloppy, delicious and fun to make.

At long last, a recipe that bridges the vast gap between sandwich and burger! Patty melts are the sandwich-burger of our dreams.

Our version of the classic patty melt features caramelized onions, which we quickly realized during our last Brooklyn test kitchen should rank up there with cheese on “burger requirements.” Also along for the ride (don’t worry, we tested it extensively, for hours) is thousand island dressing — a combination of ketchup, mayonnaise and chopped pickles or relish. When these forces of flavor unite, the debate of “sandwich or burger” seems pretty irrelevant.