Today I’m going to tell you why cheese is the answer to everything.

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Well, cheese… and brown rice krispie treats.

I made some of those this past weekend, and despite telling you a few weeks ago that we are such pigs that we often just eat the mixture straight out of the pot and don’t even place it in a baking dish, on Saturday I actually did press those gooey squares into a dish.

Which somehow disappeared by like 2AM Sunday morning. No idea.

Just know that they are marriage savers.

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But the cheese… it has this power to transform food for me. It has the power to take otherwise somewhat boring sandwiches and make them so delicious, the kind of delicious that requires you to spend two minutes searching a thesaurus for a comprable world to delicious but one that is so, so much better. Much more dramatic and mouth watering, if you will.

I mean, in thinking about how a little (or a lotta) pinch of cheese just totally MAKES some of my favorite foods: hello pastas, pizzas, brussels sprouts (weird, I know) and uh, duh, puffy pita crackers – I thought about how miserable my life would be without that one favorite ingredient. Besides, the word “melt” practically belongs to cheese. I can’t live in a world where things don’t get melty.

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And I don’t discriminate either. I love all sorts of cheese, and I love them equally. They are all perfect in different ways and different situations.

Basically what I guess it sounds like is that cheese are my children? Good thing I don’t have any of those yet.

I would just like to say that all those foods that deserve cheese? That get deprived of cheese for ridiculous reasons? Let’s vote them off the island.

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These patty melts are SO me, and represent pretty much everything I eat when home alone or basically how my entire world would look if I was still living the single life. They take around the same amount of time as traditional patty melts (um, why do I keep spelling this as “patti?”) and the texture is just as great if you are a fan of bean burgers.  I simply took my double bean burger (I make these like every single week for easy lunches), added some caramelized onions and made a few substitutions based on the chilly autumn season.

Gahhhhh. So deliciously decadent. Can’t even stand it.

Double Bean Burger Patty Melts I


Double Bean Burger Patty Melts

Yield: makes 4-6 sandwiches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 large egg + 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 ounces freshly grated monterey jack cheese
softened butter for spreading
whole grain bread slices


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and onions with a pinch of salt. Stir to coat, then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until caramelized. While onions are cooking, make the burgers.

In a large bowl, mash beans with a potato masher or fork. I like to mash them halfway, leaving some whole. Add in basil, garlic, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper, mixing to combine. In a smaller bowl, lightly beat eggs and add in 1 tablespoon olive oil and panko, stirring to mix. Add the egg mixture to the beans, and mix thoroughly to combine, bringing it together with your hands if needed. Separate the beans into 4-6 equal sections and form patties. I think the key to a great patty melt is making them in relevance to the size of your bread slices, so the amount of patties you get may vary.

Heat the same large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil (or as much as you need). Add burgers and cook on each side until golden, about 5-6 minutes. Remove burgers with a spatula and set on a plate. To make the patty melts, butter one side of bread, placing it in the skillet butter-side down. Add a few handfuls of grated cheese, then place a burger on top. Top that with some onions and more cheese, then one more side of buttered bread, with the buttered side facing up. Cook on medium-low heat (slowly!) until the cheese begins to melt and glue the sandwich together, then flip and cook until the bread is golden and toasty. Eat!

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67 Responses to “Double Bean Burger Patty Melts.”

  1. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — October 15, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    L.O.V.E. your double bean burgers!!!! This just puts things over the top! Wow!!!


  2. #
    Kim in MD — October 15, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    YUM! Hello lunch!


  3. #
    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama — October 15, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    These look insane. and they’re BEAN burgers. Yes.


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 15, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    It’s official I’m making bean burgers tonight! You make them look so good!!!! I love the photo of the caramelized onions!


  5. #
    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden — October 15, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Mmmmmm, yummy ! I;m so happy it is lunch time for a half an hour! Nice recipe!


  6. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 15, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    These look amazing! Wish I could talk my hubby into going meatless at least one day a week!


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 15, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    These look so delicious! And that’s coming from someone who has never been a big cheese girl – except for when I was between the ages of 8 and 13 and ate my bodyweight in cheesy Kraft Dinner (let’s be honest – we all know that’s not REAL cheese). My roommate is Dutch and eats cheese like I eat Brussels sprouts (that’s lots!) so I’m sure she’d agree with everything you’ve said here!


  8. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 15, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Party melts make me think of diners and goodness.


  9. #
    Holiday Baker Man — October 15, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Yum….that perfect crust


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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 15, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Cheese melted on jalapeno and cheddar chips. That was my go-to snack everyday for as long as I can remember. Then I was told I was allergic to dairy. It was a sad day… a very sad day.


  11. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish — October 15, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Patty melts remind me of late night Steak and Shake runs in high school, love it!


  12. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — October 15, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Cheese is absolutely the answer to everything. Love these, Jessica!


  13. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — October 15, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Um, I love you for making these, because we’ve been trying to eat mostly meat-free and since then there has been a patty melt-shaped hole in my heart. But THIS — this solves everything.


  14. #
    Cookbook Queen — October 15, 2012 @ 9:27 am



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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — October 15, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    love that this is a vegetarian dish packed with protein! I always use panko crumbs to pump up my veggies dishes on everything from eggplant parm towers to zucchini chips & cauliflower fritters. great post!


  16. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — October 15, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    These look incredible, and I’ve been meaning to try your double bean burgers for a while now. Also, I think I’m addicted to cheese. No joke.


  17. #
    Julie @ NaClKitchen — October 15, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    agreed that cheese makes everything better. looks great! :)


  18. #
    Mia — October 15, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    do the patties store well? Can I make 4-6 and keep them in the fridge for a few days?


    • Jessica — October 15th, 2012 @ 11:16 am

      Yes! What I do is make the mix, form the patties, then wrap them all individually in plastic wrap and place in the fridge. It actually helps them stay together even more.


  19. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 15, 2012 @ 10:57 am



  20. #
    Loretta E — October 15, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Oh wow! I love Patty melts and this one is no exception!


  21. #
    Alyssa — October 15, 2012 @ 11:13 am



  22. #
    Yum Yucky — October 15, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    This is a great idea for those nights when the family is eating their grilled cheeses that I never want. “No family, I don’t want your grilled cheeses. I’m having me a double bean burger instead. M’kay?”


  23. #
    Amy — October 15, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I have got to try these bean burgers! And of course, cheese makes everything better.


  24. #
    Michelle — October 15, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Every time I see “patti” I think Patti Mayonnaise from Doug. Yeah, I went there. Patty melts are totally a thing that makes me weak in the knees. It has to be the pile of cheese, but the rye and caramelized onions always help.


    • Jessica — October 15th, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      ummmm I actually wrote two full paragraphs about patti mayonnaise in this post before realizing i was ridiculous and deleted it. i totally get it.


  25. #
    Alex — October 15, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    That’s the most accurate reply I can muster to all of that.

    Once, my family and I had reservations to a swanky restaurant at a resort in Texas. The kind with no windows, only nautical portholes in the double doors beyond the hostess desk. While we were waiting for our table and reading the menu, we discovered that there was only ONE item on the menu with cheese or anything creamy. One. …One. So we abandoned ship and went (all dressed up) to the family restaurant downstairs, which still had lots of great cheesy food. True story. Any gourmet restaurant that snubs cheese is silly silly silly.

    I’m sick of the blame cheese gets for ruining diets, also! What ruins diets is un-natural dairy (and un-natural foods, in general). Bleached flour. Soda. NOT dairy.


  26. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 15, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Whoa mama! I’ve been wanting to try bean burgers and I think I just found THE recipe!


  27. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 15, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I love making RKTreats much more so than bean burgers :) And you make the BEST looking bean burgers! Ive always thought that. They are always so perfect and they hold together beautifully, which can be tricky with veggie burgers sometimes! Delish!


  28. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 15, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    I don’t know how you get your bread so perfectly toasted! These look aaaammaazzinnggg


  29. #
    Morgan — October 15, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I love how you can see the beans in the patties! Very hardy. I am thinking I could even pass these by my beef-loving boyfriend! :)


  30. #
    Jennifer B. — October 15, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    I just made these for lunch. I made a half recipe, so I only used black beans. Also, I subbed mozzarella for the jack cheese. I want to eat another one right now. So good!


    • Jessica — October 15th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

      So glad you liked it!


  31. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 15, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    You know, I’m just now realizing that whenever I make bean burgers, I never think to add cheese. Um, talk about making something great even more amazing! I feel the same way as you about cheese. Living in France for a year was like heaven to me, mostly because of all the cheese.


  32. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — October 15, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    I’m going to make this tonight, but I’ll have to substitute some of the ingredients, mozzarella and fresh basil. instead. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it worked.


    • Jessica — October 15th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

      Hope you love it!


  33. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 15, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    This sandy is unreal! What a fabulous idea!


  34. #
    Tina @foodfortina — October 15, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    Wow yum love the recipe, thanks for sharing!


  35. #
    Vicki @ WITK — October 15, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I agree. I spent five years in Wisconsin for school, cheese is indeed the answer to everything. I wonder if cheese would make BF think these burgers contained meat?


  36. #
    Amber at Love, Laugh, Live Well — October 15, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Yum, those black bean melts look amazing! Definitely going to pin this recipe to try later this week.


  37. #
    Aggie — October 16, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    Wow. Just wow. I feel like you made this just for me. This looks amazing.


  38. #
    Brittany — October 16, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    I need this in my life. Come visit Richmond please. :)


  39. #
    Patricia — October 16, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Oh wow! These look AMAZING! Thanks for posting (and the great photos)!


  40. #
    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — October 16, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    Omg these look so ridiculous. Ridiculously good that is. I love beans and this is a mighty tasty way of cooking with them! And yes, they will be boyfriend-approved. Double score.


  41. #
    Hayley — October 16, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Pasta, pizza, brussel sprouts, and cheese! All of my favorite foods too, even the sprouts! Yum.


  42. #
    MikeVFMK — October 16, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    Effing hell. I have died and gone to your kitchen. I’m drooling enough that I’m looking like the dog at the dinner table. Just call me Pavlov’s dog, and feed me soon.


  43. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — October 17, 2012 @ 7:50 am



  44. #
    Kim — October 17, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Think we could substitute cooked quinoa for the panko bread crumbs?? Same amount? Would add a little extra protein. What do you think??


  45. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — October 18, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    These look amazing! I’m not sure if I’ve ever even attempted to make a bean burger. I think I may need to rectify that pronto. PS. Cheese is my best friend too.


  46. #
    Simone — November 14, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Paired these with homemade sugar sweet potato fries and dipped the melts in thousand island dressing. Decided this might become a staple go-to epseically considering it isn’t that expensive and tastes wonderful.


  47. #
    stina — November 19, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    i LOVE beans. and i LOVE burgers. and i work from home and frequently spend lunchtime staring at the fridge mindlessly going “ummmmmmm” with the door open.
    THIS is getting made tomorrow!


  48. #
    Kelly — December 26, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house everyone was sleeping but me..okay I can’t be anymore clever! Haha but I was looking through pinterest and found a link to your website! Everything here looks so delicious and amazing! Can’t wait to try out all the recipes I’ve bookmarked ( :


  49. #
    Ashley — January 19, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    So…you are AWESOME, Jessica! I made black bean burgers one time probably 5 years ago and they turned out horribly (my mom hates both onion & garlic, so mine weren’t seasoned and were basically just mushed up black beans!). I finally convinced my mom to give them another chance with your recipe (but she was still highly skeptical). She actually liked and ate them! I was thrilled, and I too love them! Yuuuummmmmm!


  50. #
    Mary — February 15, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Look so good. Just tried it though and they completely fell apart. A mess! So bummed! Maybe too wet? Disaster):


    • Whitney — April 9th, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      Mine totally fell apart too, but they were still delicious!



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