Animal Style Patty Melt

I grew up eating at a lot of diners, and one of my favorite things to order was a patty melt.  It’s like a burger and a grilled cheese sandwich all in one… like how much better could you make it?  I wanted to make a vegan recipe for a patty melt but wanted to make mine a bit different than the usual burger patty, cheese, bread.  In California, we have a restaurant called In-N-Out which is a fast food burger joint, and you can order your burgers “Animal Style” there.  Animal Style includes a mustard grilled patty, caramelized onions, extra cheese / spread (which is thousand island dressing), & pickles.  I figured that would be an amazing addition to a traditional patty melt, so here we are!  This really couldn’t be any easier to make, so let’s get right into it!

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First you can start off by making your caramelized onions. For these you’ll want to thinly slice your onions into half moons (or I mean really whatever cut you want is fine, I just prefer thin half moons for this).  Add some vegan butter & olive oil to a skillet and once its melted and bubbling, add the onions.  Season them with sugar and salt and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently.  You want to cook them over a low – medium low heat for a longer period of time, instead of on a higher temperature for a less amount of time.  It really helps build a lot of flavor.

While those are cooking you can make your Thousand Island Dressing.  This, again, couldn’t be simpler.  Mix your vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, sweet relish, and salt in a bowl until combined & adjust to your liking.  Some people like more mustard, more ketchup, or more relish so it’s up to you.  Cover this and place in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.


To assemble to sandwich, take your burger patties out of the package and coat both sides with yellow mustard.  Heat up some olive oil over medium heat in a skillet, and once it’s hot add in your mustard coated patties.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until crisp and golden brown, but keep an eye on them so that you don’t burn them.  Once those are cooked, transfer to a plate and set aside to cool slightly.

Wipe out your pan & then add in your vegan butter.  Place all 4 slices of bread in the pan once the butter is hot.  Keep this over a medium low heat so it doesn’t cook super fast.  Also if you don’t have a pan big enough for 4 slices of bread, you can do just 2 and make one sandwich at a time.  Add 1 slice of vegan American cheese to each piece of bread, and once it starts to melt, add a dollop of thousand island to each slice, and a scoop of caramelized onions & some pickle slices to 2 slices of bread (no need to be on every slice of bread).  Top the pickles / onions with a burger patty, and close the sandwiches.  Press the sandwiches down with a spatula to make sure everything melts together, and cook for another few seconds on each side until the bread is golden brown or cooked to your liking.  Then you can transfer to a cutting board and allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting if you desire to cut them in half.

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Animal Style Patty Melt

Your traditional patty melt... but animal style. Melty American cheese, caramelized onions, thousand island dressing, and pickles make the normal patty melt that much more delicious. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Chef Brianna Gallo of PLVNT


Thousand Island Dressing

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar

Misc. Ingredients

  • 4 slices of white bread
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • dill pickles I use the round "chips"
  • 2 vegan burger patties I used The Abbot's Butcher
  • 3 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 4 slices vegan American cheese I used daiya
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Thousand Island Dressing

  1. Mix the mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish, and salt together until well combined.  Keep in the fridge, covered, until ready to use. 

Caramelized Onions

  1. Slice your onions into very thin half moons. 

  2. Add your vegan butter and olive oil to a skillet over medium heat until melted and slightly sizzling.  Add in your onions, sugar, and salt. 

  3. Allow the onions to cook, stirring relatively frequently, for 20-30 minutes until they're caramelized and significantly shrunken down.  

Assembling the Patty Melt

  1. Add your olive oil to a skillet over medium heat & allow it to heat up.  While your oil is heating, brush both sides of your burger patty with yellow mustard.  

  2. Add your mustard covered patties to the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they're golden brown, just keep an eye on them so you don't burn them.  Remove them from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.  

  3. Wipe out your pan and then add in your vegan butter.  Place your white bread in the pan, and add 1 slice of American cheese to each piece of bread. Once they start to get melty, add a big dollop of thousand island on each piece of bread, and a big spoonful of caramelized onions to 2 of the slices of bread, as well as a few pickle slices.  Add your burger patty right on top of the onions & pickles.  

  4. Close the sandwiches and press down with a spatula to make sure everything sticks together.  Transfer to a cutting board and allow to cool for a minute or so before cutting if you so desire. 

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