Two thick slices of garlicky Texas toast sandwiched together with juicy beef and cheese? That’s exactly what a patty melt is, but the Whataburger Patty Melt takes it one step further and adds a creamy, slightly spicy pepper sauce.

This recipe will have you feasting on a lightened up version of the patty melt in no time. They work out to be 12 points for two compared to the restaurant version’s whopping 30 points on the freestyle plan. 

A great way to change up burger night, these patty melts are great even if you haven’t had the Whataburger version — in fact, you won’t even need to — these are even better (IMHO)!

We toast the bread first, so there’s no need for double-cooking. Just fry up your patties, let the cheese melt then assemble the toasted bread with the perfect pepper sauce and dinner is on the table. 

Made with prime ground beef, this recipe is also lower in saturated fat than the restaurant patty melt, but the seasoning and sauce make sure they are still absolutely packed with flavor. 

Whattaburger Patty Melt served with sauce

Why you should try this Whataburger Patty Melt (Copycat) recipe

  • A healthier alternative to takeout, these are ready in practically the same time as it would take to get Whataburger delivered! They’re half the points value of the original.
  • Only a few typical ingredients are needed for these patty melts. You probably have everything already.
  • Lower in saturated fat and points, these are the perfect amount of cheesy, beefy goodness without being overloaded with calories. 

Ingredients

  • Thick sliced bread- white. 8 slices
  • Premium ground beef – 1 lb
  • Sliced cheddar cheese, 4 slices
  • Onion, brown, 1 large
  • Mayonnaise, light  4 tablespoons
  • Dijon mustard, 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic powder, ½ tsp
  • Onion powder, ½ tsp
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • White vinegar, 2 tsp
  • Olive oil, drizzle 

Whattaburger Patty Melt IngredientsInstructions

Makes 4 patty melts 

  1. Remove the ground beef from its packaging and sprinkle with salt. Form into 4 equal balls and press each as thinly as possible. Slice onions into thin slivers.4 Beef Whattaburger Patty Melts
  2. Heat a frypan over a medium-high heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add the thinly sliced onions and a sprinkle of salt. Cook 1-2 minutes to give them a bit of color then turn the heat down to medium-low and add the vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar. Let cook 15-20 minutes until golden and caramelized. If they begin to stick, add a tiny splash of water.Whattaburger Patty Melt in a frypan
  3. Heat a second frypan over a medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add the patties one or two at a time depending on the size of the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes then flip, press down with the spatula and cook a further 1-2 minutes. Top each with a slice of cheese and add a lid to the pan. Once the cheesy is melty, remove to a plate and repeat with the other patties. 
  4. Spray each side of the bread with cooking spray and toast in a dry fry pan over a medium heat until browned. Repeat with all sides. NB: if you’re stretched for time, just toast them in the toaster.Assemble Whattaburger Patty Melt
  5. To assemble the patty melts: Top one piece of toast with a few spoons of the sauce, top with onion then a patty and press another toast on top. Slice in half and serve.Whattaburger Patty Melt Sliced into two-halfs
  6. To make the sauce: Place mayonnaise, dijon, lemon juice, garlic and onion powders, salt and black pepper in a bowl and mix until combined.Whattaburger Patty Melt Sauce

Weight Watchers points breakdown

  • Thick sliced bread- white. 8 slices: 16 points
  • Premium ground beef – 1 lb: 12 points
  • Sliced cheddar cheese, 4 slices: 5 points
  • Onion, brown, 1 large: 0 points
  • Mayonnaise, light  4 tablespoons: 4 points
  • Dijon mustard, 1 tsp: 0 points
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon: 0 points
  • Garlic powder, ½ tsp: 0 points
  • Onion powder, ½ tsp: 0 points
  • Black pepper: 0 points
  • White vinegar, 2 tsp: 0 points
  • Olive oil, drizzle: 0/1 point

Variations and Substitutions

  • You can sub out the ground beef for ground pork or ground turkey. Add a few dashes of soy sauce, a drizzle of honey and some grated ginger as well for an Asian-inspired twist!
  • Use shredded chicken instead of the ground beef. It will make prep even quicker, you can be done in the time it takes to melt some cheese! 
  • Pepperjack cheese is a nice substitution for a spicier version. Add a few chilli flakes if you like things hot! 
  • The thick white bread is what makes this so close to Whataburger’s version, but to save points even further and increase nutritional value, you can substitute wheat or whole grain bread in its place. 

Tips and Tricks 

  • You can make the sauce up to a day ahead. Be sure to toast the bread as close to serving as possible. 
  • The patty melts reheat well in a toaster oven for a few minutes. Not suitable for freezing.
  • Serve with a garden salad to increase your vegetable intake but if you have a few points up your sleeve, some homemade chips would go perfectly with these.
4 from 8 votes

Whataburger Patty Melt (Copycat)

Servings: 4 people
Whataburger Patty Melt served with sauce
Just fry up your Whattaburger Patty Melt, let the cheese melt then assemble the toasted bread with the perfect pepper sauce and dinner is on the table.

Ingredients 

  • 8 slices Thick sliced bread - white
  • 1 lb Premium ground beef
  • 4 slices Sliced cheddar cheese
  • 1 large Onion, brown
  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise, light
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp White vinegar
  • Olive oil, drizzle

Instructions 

  • Remove the ground beef from packaging and sprinkle with salt. Form into 4 equal balls and press each as thinly as possible. Slice onions into thin slivers.
  • Heat a frypan over a medium-high heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add the thinly sliced onions and a sprinkle of salt. Cook 1-2 minutes to give them a bit of color then turn the heat down to medium-low and add the vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar. Let cook 15-20 minutes until golden and caramelized. If they begin to stick, add a tiny splash of water.
  • Heat a second frypan over a medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add the patties one or two at a time depending on the size of the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes then flip, press down with the spatula and cook a further 1-2 minutes. Top each with a slice of cheese and add a lid to the pan. Once the cheesy is melty, remove to a plate and repeat with the other patties.
  • Spray each side of the bread with cooking spray and toast in a dry fry pan over a medium heat until browned. Repeat with all sides. NB: if you’re stretched for time, just toast them in the toaster.
  • To assemble the patty melts: Top one piece of toast with a few spoons of the sauce, top with onion then a patty and press another toast on top. Slice in half and serve.
  • To make the sauce: Place mayonnaise, dijon, lemon juice, garlic and onion powders, salt and black pepper in a bowl and mix until combined.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 28gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 517mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 5.2gSugar: 2.8gCalcium: 383mgIron: 4.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Hi Toni, sorry I updated that to say “ground” beef. I do hope you’ll try the recipe and let me know how it tastes.