What makes a patty melt so beloved is that it doesn’t adhere to traditional burger dogma. It replaces the a soft, squishy bun with crispy bread, creating a textural mosaic. It’s crunchy, juicy, cheesy—and super simple to make.

Alvin likes to use Marble Rye bread to maximize bold flavors. Pro tip: Shape the patty like bread to ensure that you’re getting meat, cheese, bread in every bite.

Pimento cheese is the secret ingredient—it’s a simple way to add creaminess and take your patty melt to the next level. Lastly, serve it with a pickle spear; it’s a classic way to honor this burger (sandwich).