our oldest boy had his first fast food patty melt (how? mama was outta town, that's how😐) and he requested one for dinner recently, not believing i could make one or that i even knew what it was. 7 year olds are so funny. *eye roll*. anyway, these absolutely blew his mind!!! but get this, he saw me chopping up onions and adding them to my sauté pan and immediately frowned his face. "mama, i don't want those onions on my patty melt!!" see what i mean? 7 year olds are hilarious. lil’ boy, grilled onions are what makes patty melts.... patty melts. so instead of adding the onions on top or beneath the onions, he left the kitchen (ok i kicked him out😂) i diced them up super finely and added them to the meat mixture (instead of on top or beneath the patty). juicy, kid-friendly, perfection. enjoy!

Yield: 8 patties

Turkey Patty Melts

prep time: 10 minscook time: 8 minstotal time: 18 mins

this healthy, dairy-free version puts all fast food patty melts to shame! kid and family friendly.


  1. to a large no-stick skillet on medium-high heat, add 3 tbsp light dairy-free buttery spread
  2. as it melts, dice onion finely*
  3. add onion to skillet and stir around for about 1 minute.  reduce heat to low and continue to stir onions around for about 10-12 minutes until they are translucent, fragrant, and caramelized
  4. to a large mixing bowl, add your ground turkey, dash of salt, pepper, coconut aminos, and caramelized onions
  5. mix until combined very well (using hands or a spoon)
  6. to that same skillet, set the fire to medium and add remaining 2 tbsp butter.
  7. once melted,  wet your hands a little and shape meat mixture into 4 patties
  8. add them to your pan. cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through to your desired doneness
  9. transfer cooked patties to another plate and cover them while you cook the remaining 4 patties. with a minute left to cook, top with cheese** if desired and cover skillet with lid so the cheese can melt 
  10. also as the patties finish up, toast*** up your bread (either by toaster or flat griddle) 
  11. assemble your patty melt and add any other toppings you desire!


*dice the onion finely and add it to the meat mixture instead of on or below the actual burger. this makes it totally kid friendly (in my house anyway)

**cheese is optional, but i love Violife slices & So Delicious mozzarella or cheddar shreds for my dairy-free options. my kiddos love 2% monterrey or colby jack 

***Texas toast is also optional; i bought a loaf of butter bread, brushed both sides of the slices with light dairy-free buttery spread + 1 minced garlic clove. microwave them both together in a small bowl until the butter melts completely. i toasted both sides of the bread for about 1-2 min on med-high heat using the flat side of my stove-top grill. 

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