It’s pretty easy to define a burger. It’s a patty, traditionally beef, served with condiments and toppings between a bun. But what about a patty melt, would you consider it to be a burger? It’s kind of like if a burger and a grilled cheese had a baby. When it comes to burger vs patty melt, do you think they are totally different things? Or is a patty melt just a version of a burger?
Well, the answer to that is yes and no, depending on who you ask. If you were to ask the culinary experts they’d tell you that a patty melt stands alone as its own sandwich. It is defined by the sum of its parts; rye bread, hamburger patty, Swiss cheese and sautéed onions. These four ingredients make a patty melt. End of story. A burger, as we well know, can be dressed up and down in endless ways.
So now that we’ve answered the burger vs patty melt questions, let’s ask another. Do you know how this tasty grilled sandwich came to be invented? It is believed that they were created in a Southern California restaurant chain owned by William “Tiny” Naylor back in the 1940’s.