Smoked Blue Cheese Patty Melt

This smoked blue cheese patty melt is packed full of sautéed onions, smoked blue cheese, crusty sourdough bread and a perfectly cooked burger.

This smoked blue cheese patty melt is packed full of sautéed onions, smoked blue cheese, crusty sourdough bread and a perfectly cooked burger.

Eating at the diner is one of my favorite meals. No, it’s not fancy but the food is always delicious and usually hits whatever craving I need to fulfill. Hands down (just below the challah French toast platter) patty melts are one of my favorite diner foods. They are buttery and packed full of cheesy meaty goodness. This time around I decided to switch it up a bit and use smoked blue cheese instead of the classic Swiss cheese.

I wasn’t aware that blue cheese could even come smoked until I just saw it sitting there all lonely in the cheese section. So I threw it into my cart and figured I would figure out something to do with it when I got home. After staring into  my fridge I opted to go with a patty melt. Now, this version isn’t as stringy cheesy as the normal sandwich but it does give a nice blue cheese punch if your into that. Which I’m assuming you are if you are reading this recipe….right?

If you can’t find smoked blue cheese regular old blue cheese will work just fine, a sandwich like this isn’t picky. If you hate blue cheese then I would recommend not making this sandwich. I just feel like you will be setting yourself up for a disappointing meal. Or if you’re like me you will make the sandwich and then will yourself to like blue cheese. I have been doing this for years and I’m finally starting to really like the stuff.

Now, if I could just will myself to win the lottery. That would be awesome.


This smoked blue cheese patty melt is packed full of sautéed onions, smoked blue cheese, crusty sourdough bread and a perfectly cooked burger.


Smoked Blue Cheese Patty Melt

This smoked blue cheese patty melt is packed full of sautéed onions, smoked blue cheese, crusty sourdough bread and a perfectly cooked burger.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup smoked blue cheese


In a large skillet set over medium heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté on medium low heat until the onions are soft. Once soft set aside.

Divide ground beef into 4 equal bread size patties. Season with salt and pepper and fry in a skillet over medium heat. Don't fully cook just brown the outside. The burger will cook some more as you are grilling the sandwich. Set patties aside.

Lay out the bread and butter one side with 1 tablespoons butter. Flip four slices over and top each one with 1 tablespoons smoked blue cheese, a small scoopful of onions, 1 hamburger, another tablespoon smoked blue cheese and another scoopful of onions. Top with other slice of butter bread, buttered side out.

Add sandwiches to a skillet set over medium heat. Cook until underside is browned, flip and then cook until the other side is browned.

Cut in half and serve hot.

39 Responses to “Smoked Blue Cheese Patty Melt”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 11, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Pretty sure you just gave me the keys to an even better marriage…..this sandwich is going to give me ALL THE BROWNIE (sandwich??) points when I make it for the hubs! Pinned!

  2. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 11, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Northeast diners are the best! This recipe makes me want to come visit your neck of the woods just so I can do a diner tour. Also, is it cool if I order this with a side of pancakes? Don’t judge. It’s my diner style.

  3. #
    Cassie — April 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Blue cheese on a patty melt is GENIUS. Love this one!!

  4. #
    Jeffrey — April 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I’m a fan of pizza, we’re actually having a bit of a party this weekend. I’m also trying out a cookie “bar” for the first time. I make the dough, lay out the mix-ins and once everyone is done making their masterpieces then I bake’m up!

  5. #
    Jennie — April 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love baked brie!

  6. #
    kelley — April 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Is it crazy that I want this for breakfast? With a fountain coke, no less. I always order savory (and usually a sandwich) when I go to the diner no matter what time of day!

  7. #
    Teri — April 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Cheese is my soul food!

  8. #
    Amy M. C. — April 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    My boys love punch at a party. It’s not fancy but they are in heaven when I make it!

  9. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The smoked blue cheese totally got me! WANT!

  10. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

    hellooo gorgeous!!! this is exactly my kinda sandwich girrrl, I am so digging this!!! glad we finally connected through the giveaway! xx

  11. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — April 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I wish I could jump through the screen and grab this sandwich! Love the addition of the smoked blue cheese!

  12. #
    Desi Vick — April 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Drink – margarita. Food…. hmm I love all kinds of food at parties! Appetizers for sure 🙂 Anything with cheese!

  13. #
    Sheri B. — April 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Love the blue cheese and the giveaway 🙂

  14. #
    Julie — April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    This looks right up my husband’s alley – might have to make it for him!

  15. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This is the kind of smoke I like!

  16. #
    Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) — April 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Smoked blue cheese? SMOKED blue cheese? OMG, why is the first I’m hearing of it? (Running to the store right now…)

  17. #
    Allie | Baking a Moment — April 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Omg I love patty melts. And blue cheese. Never seen smoked blue cheese before but it sounds fantastic!

  18. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    My comment is ditto Julianne at the Yankee Kitchen. Where have I been?
    I love smoked cheese. I love smoked paprika too. That sandwich would last
    less than 10 minutes in my house. Really really good combo.

  19. #
    Monica Lavoie — April 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Dirty Martinis and cured meats and cheese

  20. #
    Ginny McMeans — April 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I can just imagine the bite! Sounds great!

  21. #
    Dawn Lopez — April 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Oh yummy, this sounds amazing! I love that it’s not all that difficult to put together. I am afraid of recipes with a ton of ingredients. Thanks!

  22. #
    Shaina — April 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I always love good dip appetizers at a party….guacamole, spinach and artichoke, crab…any kind of dip works for me!

  23. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Smoke blue cheese? Where do I sign??

  24. #
    Chris @ Shared Appetite — April 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    What a great looking patty melt!! I’ve never heard of smoked blue cheese either… gonna have to look for that next time I’m in the store! It was really cool being a part of this giveaway with you!

  25. #
    Tara @ Rovin' Rambler — April 12, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I love to bring a big pitcher of sangria to parties!

  26. #
    Susan — April 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Incredible looking sandwich! I love eating at the diner too. There is just something comforting about it, especially when you have a good reliable one to go to. I think that’s just the NYer in me talking.

  27. #
    Marty Musser — April 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I love margaritas and tequila shots! Always results in lots of fun with our group of friends!

  28. #
    Joanne — April 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Well I’m glad I’m not the only one who tries to force myself to like ingredients by cooking things with them. I’m still working on blue cheese! i feel like i liked it for a while and then veered into dislike…and now I’m trying to get back on the chosen path.

  29. #
    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) — April 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Um, this patty melt is pretty much perfect! YUM!! My favorite party foods are anything cheesy! As for drinks, I’m not picky…but I love unique cocktails. Something I haven’t had before.

  30. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 14, 2014 at 1:28 am

    This sandwich looks amazing!

  31. #
    debbie — April 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I love anything having to do with cheese. I also like wine at a party.

  32. #
    Hickory Hill Smokehouse — May 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Awesome smoked blue cheese at Hickory Hill Smokehouse, upstate New York!

  33. #
    Susan Dubose — May 20, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I used to make this all the time but w/o the chicken bullion. I fixed it exactly like the recipe & it’s perfect.


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