Jeff Mauro’s Greatest American Patty Melt of the Year

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Jeff Mauro’s Greatest American Patty Melt of the Year

 A perfect meal for grilling season that will satisfy appetites everywhere, brought to you by Chicago native and Food Network’s Sandwich King, Jeff  Mauro! 

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 Caramelized Onions:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  3 large yellow onions
  •  1/4-inch slices 4 shishito peppers sliced thin
  •  Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  •  1/4 cup dry sherry


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 8 ounces ground brisket
  • 8 slices jewish rye bread
  • 12 slices of White American Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

18000 Island Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons sliced pickled jalapenos – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Kosher salt

Caramelized Onions:

Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil, let the butter melt and then add in the onions and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then cover the pot and lower the heat to medium-low.

Let the onions & peppers sweat, steam and soften for 10 to 15 minutes. Uncover the pan and let the onions cook for about an hour, checking on the onions frequently and stirring.

Once the onions are fully caramelized, and a deep golden color, add the sherry and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.


Combine the chuck and brisket and form into 4 balls with your hands. Season both sides with garlic salt and pepper. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Smash & Griddle each side until crusty and seared, about 8 minutes a side.

18000 Island Dressing:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste


On the rye, put two slices of american cheese on the bottom, put burger, then caramelized onions, then 2 mores slices of cheese. Butter and griddle the patty melt until slightly golden and serve with a side of 18000 dressing.

Eat, enjoy and then receive trophy for best Patty Melt ever!