Ok – I’ll be perfectly honest about something. Until recently I never knew exactly what a patty melt was. Oh I had a good idea and I’d seen recipes that sounded delicious, but it was just something I’d never been interested in trying for myself. I had no clue what I was missing! Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, describes them best with her statement that they are essentially a cross between a hamburger and a grilled cheese sandwich, but so much more. Her recipe for a classic patty melt is a great place to start if you’re interested in making this all-american classic yourself, but keep in mind, a patty melt is like a burger – the variations you can make of a simple burger are endless…and so are the things you can do with a patty melt!