Copycat Steak ‘n Shake Frisco Melts

What makes a great patty melt? Well, melted cheese, of course. And a tangy sauce. But the most important thing is they have to be messy. Very, very messy. I want stuff dripping out. All over the plate, all over my shirt. That’s a great patty melt, and that’s what these copycat Steak ‘n Shake Frisco melts are: great.
Copycat Steak 'n Shake Frisco MeltsI go the extra mile to get these copycat Steak ‘n Shake Frisco melts even messier. I make a little extra sauce and put it in a small bowl and dip my sandwich in it. Yep, Frisco Melt Dip. Perfect.

Also try my copycat of Applebee’s classic Patty Melt.

Copycat Steak 'n Shake Frisco Melts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike


For the Frisco Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Russian salad dressing

For the melts

  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 large sweet onion sliced thin
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices sourdough bread I used Italian bread
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened


For the Frisco Sauce

  • Combine the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the melts

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and caramelize, cooking for about 20 minutes, stirring often. The onions should turn a nice golden brown. Remove from the pan.
  • Divide the beef into 4 equally-sized patties. Cook them as desired in a skillet or on the grill.
  • Add 1 slice of Swiss cheese and 2 slices of American cheese to each patty and let melt.
  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until the butter has melted and the bread is golden crispy.
  • Make sandwiches by spreading Frisco sauce on the unbuttered sides of the bread. Add the patties and onions and top with another piece of bread. Serve.

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