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An Easy Recipe to Make for Your Next American Holiday


Memorial Day. 4th of July. The two most well known American Pride holidays. Have you thrown a celebration for this holiday? I mean I have never….not yet… though I would wonder what type of menu would I prepare? I know that barbecue of burgers, hot dogs, and all American specialties would be an easy go-to. However what if you or your partner want to offer a more creative option?


Have you ever thought about making the sandwiches into Patty Melts? Sounds like an American diner specialty to me. I mean you get your sandwich and burger into one. You are literally making two entrees and combining the great of both. Of course, leave the task for Luke to create a Patty Melt as flavorful as this one.


Here are the ingredients you need for Patty Melts:


• 1/2 pound of ground beef

• 1/2 teaspoon of salt

• 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

• 2 tablespoons of olive oil

• 4 gouda slices

• 1 cup of Grilled onions (read mistakes to avoid while making burgers for recipe)

• 4 rye bread slices

• Dill Pickle Spears for garnish


Now that you have the eight ingredients to make the patty melts. You are able to make these sandwiches in a couple steps.


1. Cook the hamburger patties: divide meat into a quarter pound patties.

2. Season patties with salt and pepper.

3. Add patties to pan and cook for three to four minutes.

4. Make sure olive oil is distributed evenly throughout the pan.

5. Set bread into the oil and place cheese on each slice of bread.

6. Set cooked patty on top of these two cheesy bread slices.

7. Top the slices with grilled onions.

8. Remove from pan.


Our Financials


I got my ingredients at Walmart and Sam’s Club. I mean if you are making a simple recipe, why not go to a simple store to gather your ingredients and pay the cheapest prices? I got a lot of bang for my buck soooo I definitely recommend these stores for grocery shopping!


• Ground beef- $15.65 for five pounds of beef from Sam’s Club

• Salt- $4.08 for a 2 pack from Walmart

• Pepper- $3.18 from Walmart

• Olive oil- $9.74 from Walmart

• Gouda slices-$1.98 from Walmart

• Grilled Onions (read mistakes to avoid while making burgers for recipe)$1.12 for freezer chopped onions

• Rye bread slices- $2.67 from Walmart

• Dill Pickle Spears for garnish- $2.18 from Walmart


The total amount for my sandwiches were $40.60 though that cost was because I bought five pounds worth of meat. With only using half a pound of meat, the total cost is $27.30. Though if it makes you feel any better, the beef, the spices, oil, and pickles can be used other recipes.


Millennial Cash Back Earnings


For the cash back applications, this how I scored. Mediocre but I mean better than nothing right?


Ibotta was a hugeeeee miss, I actually struck out for the ingredients, there was no cash back available for the ingredients that I needed to make this recipe. Ibotta is specific when earning money back. From what I have heard, this application is run based on sponsored products posts. Which explains why generic items are not promoted as often. Bummer for me, because I shop generic or no-name brands. Go figure. Hopefully, when you go shopping…you have better luck than me. I literally missed out on their offer for 10 cents back on any ground beef. UGH.


Fetch Rewards was a better success. I earned points 50 from receipts. I earned 25 points from Walmart shopping trips and 25 points from Sam’s Club. Again generic shopping was not in my favor. Definitely felt like Ibotta was stacked up against me like this application as well. I hate brand shopping because in some cases, shopping is more expensive. However, to really score, you gotta buy the brands.


Shopkick finally worked this time. I earned 10 walk-in kicks finally. In addition, Sam’s Club does not have walk-in kicks so I did not earn any walk in kicks. 1 out of 2 aint bad right? Take what I can get. Sounding like a true American.


From Coinout, I earned a total of seven cents. For my Walmart receipt, I earned three cents and Sam’s Club earned me four more cents.


Our Ratings


My Rating: This is definitely one of my favorite recipes from Kristi Carlson. Hands down. I was craving a burger. Of course, you know how pricey burgers can be. When you do not go to McDonalds or Burger King. Shake Shack is like 4-5 dollars. Five guys is around 5-6 dollars. You go to a restaurant well above 7. So when I had a craving, I made a patty melt. Perfect because I went to Disney Springs right after and I could last for a while until we got Dole Whips as an afternoon snack. I would rate this patty melt a 8 out of 10.


Shayne’s Rating: Shayne rates the patty melts an 8 out of 10. To make these again, I will probably season the meat more enable to boost that rating. I would do taco seasoning, jalapeño puree, or….Italian meatball style seasoning. I think it also depends on the type of cheese as well with him. I will keep you posted yet again!


Outcomes and Recommendations


These holidays are for celebrating and commemorating the men and women who committed to protecting this country. For freedoms, that some of us are not able to have without their service. So because we are doing that, why not have an all American specialty to celebrate?


Side note: the best thing is about this recipe is that you are able to have the complete freedom to customize this recipe. You got your basic ingredients. Beef. Cheese. Bread. Caramelized Onions. Sort of the symbol of America. Plain. Basic. However, you are able to make your Patty Melt anyway you would like. For example, for my patty melt, I made my patty melt with gouda cheese, rye bread, guacamole, and chick-fil-a sauce. Cravings were definitely satisfied.


We do not need to buy into all the sales. Kick back, relax, watch some patriotic shows, and have the all-American diner classics.


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