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Everything you love about a patty melt sandwich is in this easy to make Patty Melt Dip. It’s sure to be a real crowd-pleaser at your next party or celebration!

Closeup photo of patty melt dip on a cocktail party bread and a glass bowl filled with spread in the background.

My husband and I love patty melts, and we order them often when we go out to eat.

This hot patty melt dip idea came to me when I was trying to come up with appetizer recipes that I’d never seen before.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this easy ground beef appetizer is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


Vertical closeup of patty melt dip in a glass bowl with party bread on a platter and title text overlay.

The ingredient list:

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  • yellow onions
  • ground beef
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • beef broth or stock
  • dill pickle relish
  • yellow mustard
  • Velveeta or American Cheese
  • cocktail (party) rye bread (shown) or rye bread cut into wedges

Kitchen tools and equipment:

Why use Velveeta?

I used Velveeta in this Patty Melt Dip because I knew it would melt better than any other cheese I could think of.

If you’re not a fan of Velveeta then, by all means, you can substitute one pound of American cheese for the Velveeta or even go with cheddar if you prefer.

*Please note, if you do decide to go with cheddar, make sure to purchase it in block form because the pre-shredded bagged cheeses are coated with starches to keep the cheese in shred form, and they aren’t good for melting.

Patty Melt Dip with ground beef, caramelized onions, cheese, and cocktail rye bread.

Why this recipe works (IMHO):

The day I made this hot ground beef appetizer I couldn’t stop snacking on it. I guess that’s the sign of a really good recipe. At least I like to think so.

It’s easy and fast to make and once you try it you’ll be amazed how much the flavor of this hot and meaty appetizer spread resembles the iconic patty melt burger, caramelized onions, and all!

If you enjoy patty melts, you are going to love, love, love this Patty Melt Dip. You have my word on it! My husband gave this dip a full two thumbs up and believe you me, he knows his patty melts! 🙂

What is party (cocktail) bread and where can I find it?

It typically located at the deli area of the market.

If you’re unable to find cocktail bread in your area a good option is to cut rye bread into wedges or slices (you can toast it first if you’d like), and serve it with this patty melt dip.

Another good option is rye crackers or rye bread crisps if you’re looking to closely mimic the flavor of a patty melt.

Other good dipper suggestions:

  • pita bread
  • pretzels
  • crackers
  • assorted vegetables

Other ways to serve patty melt dip:

How about serving this on a bun just as you would a sloppy Joe? YUM!!

Or, spoon this hot and cheesy dip over a baked potato!

I’d even like it spooned over mashed potatoes, hot cooked noodles or rice!

Think outside the box a little. How would YOU serve this delicious and cost-effective hot spread?

Long vertical photo collage of patty melt dip with ground beef and cheese and title text overlay.

Hungry for more appetizers and appetizers with dip recipes?

Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce

Cream Cheese Salami Dip with Dill Pickles

Corn and Black Bean Dip

Easy Skillet Queso Dip from Kylee Cooks

Buffalo Shrimp Dip from Sweet and Savory Meals

Lasagna Dip from Snacks and Sips

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s Patty Melt Dip.

Patty Melt Dip with cocktail bread -

Patty Melt Dip

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
Everything you love about a patty melt sandwich is in this easy to make patty melt dip. It's sure to be a real crowd pleaser at your next party or celebration!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer Dip
Servings 3 cups
Calories 777 kcal


  • 3 cups yellow onions diced (approximately 1½ medium onions)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup beef stock or broth
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • teaspoons coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 pound Velveeta or American cheese cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • Cocktail rye bread or assorted dippers


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, caramelize the onions in the olive oil, stirring frequently (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Add the beef broth to the onions and stir until almost evaporated.
  • Add the ground beef to the onions in the skillet and stir until browned.
  • Add the salt, pepper, garlic, and cheese. Stir well until melted.
  • Add the dill pickle relish and yellow mustard. Stir to combine.
  • Serve hot with cocktail rye bread or assorted chips or dippers of choice.


Tools and equipment:
large skillet, chef's knife, cutting board, wooden spoon or spatula, measuring cups, and
measuring spoons


Serving: 1cupCalories: 777kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 63gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 4024mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20g
Keyword budget-friendly appetizer, cheesy appetizer dip, easy appetizer dip, ground beef appetizer, hot dip recipe, patty melt dip
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 18th of June 2019

I made this for a get-together my boyfriend was throwing, and it was a hit. I did make one substitution: I used Thousand Island dressing instead of the pickle relish and mustard, since Thousand Island has both in it while also adding more of that "special sauce" flavor. I did a full substitution of 5 tbs, which did make it a little more on the sweet side, so if anyone else wants to try that, I'd recommend starting with 3 tbs and adding more to taste! Thanks for the recipe! I needed new things to try with ground beef.


Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Love your substitutions, Coco! Very good thinking. Glad the dip was a hit! I love it too!


Friday 4th of January 2019

This dip looks incredible!!


Friday 4th of January 2019

Thank you! It IS!! My husband is the patty melt king, and he loves it!!

Tayler Ross

Friday 4th of January 2019

This looks like the perfect game day dip! I am definitely saving this for Super Bowl Sunday!


Friday 4th of January 2019

Good call! I'm making it too!


Friday 4th of January 2019

I LOVE LOVE dips! I have a party to go to tomorrow and I am TAKING THIS!


Friday 4th of January 2019

I'm sure everyone will love it. Have fun accepting all the compliments!

Julie Evink

Monday 17th of September 2018

I'm always looking for a new fun dip to try during football games and we decided to try this one over the weekend. We loved it! Going on our regular rotation!