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!
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.
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:
- large skillet
- spatula or wooden spoon
- measuring cups and spoons
- chef's knife
- cutting board
- slow cooker (optional) for keeping warm while serving
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.
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
- 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?
Hungry for more appetizers and appetizers with dip recipes?
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
- 3 cups yellow onions diced (approximately 1½ medium onions)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup beef stock or broth
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1½ 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.
I hope you've enjoyed today's easy hot appetizer for patty melt dip as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!