Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt

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Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt is an old-fashioned recipe for crisp-on-the-outside tender cube steak used instead of hamburger in a traditional patty melt.

I combined two classic diner foods to make one excellent comfort food meal.

Serving ideas. I would serve this with Steakhouse Wedge Salad or Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans or Tangy Vinegar Cole Slaw.

Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt cut open with melty cheese.

Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt

First, let’s clarify some frequently asked questions.

What is a patty melt?

A patty melt is like a grilled cheese except with a hamburger patty and caramelized onions in it. It’s not a hamburger because it uses loaf bread instead of a bun. The beautiful is it’s delicious simplicity!

What’s the difference in country-fried steak and chicken-fried steak?

Country-fried and chicken-fried has nothing to do with what gravy is served with it. Country-fried steak is simply seasoned cube steak that is dredged in flour then pan fried on both sides until it’s done. Whereas, chicken-fried steak is cube steak that is battered like chicken, first in flour, then in either buttermilk or an egg, and then dredged in flour again. This double flour dredge gives it a thick batter. Next, you’ll fry it in a pan until golden and crispy.

Is the patty melt a Southern thing?

You would think it is. However, it’s commonly thought to have started at a California restaurant in the late 1940s-50s.

Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt whole on a plate.

Ingredients you’ll need

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  • Minute steaks. The label may say cube steak or cubed steak. It’s pre-tenderized, inexpensive but flavorful cut of beef from the top or bottom round.
  • Self-rising flour.
  • Milk or buttermilk.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Oil.
  • Texas toast. You need a thicker slice of hearty bread. Texas toast, sour dough, and rye are all good choices.
  • Cheddar cheese. Any good melty cheese is good but I like the flavor of sharp cheddar for this sandwich.
  • Onions. Sliced and caramelized. I recommend sweet or yellow onion for this.
  • Butter.
Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt on a white plate.
Ingredients are on a table.
Salt and pepper the steak.
Raw cube steak in a bowl with milk covering part of it.
Add self-rising flour to a platter and milk or buttermilk to another platter.
Cube steak is dredged in flour on a board.
Set flour and milk dishes up assembly line style.
Dip steak in milk then flour, coating both sides.
A slice of white bread with butter and a butter knife on a plate.
While the steak is cooking, butter the one side of 2 slices of Texas toast.
chicken fried steak
Build your patty melt.
Slice of bread with fried steak, cheese and caramelized onions on it.
I add the steak, cheese, then caramelized onions. Place the top slice on and grill both sides.

How to make the best chicken-fried steak

  • Pound the steak. This will help the steak cook more evenly and tenderize it.
  • Let them rest. After you batter the steak, let them rest in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help the batter stick.
Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt on a white plate.
Steak Patty Melt cut down the middle.

Tools and Equipment for Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt

Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt on a white plate.

I updated this post from an earlier version dated August 19, 2012. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt cut open with melty cheese.

Chicken Fried Steak Patty Melt

Minute (or cube) steak is battered and fried to a golden brown then used to make a patty melt. Extraordinary!
Author: Paula
4.96 from 22 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 medium minute steaks
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • teaspoon each salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 8 slices Texas toast
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium onions sliced and caramelized
  • 4 to 6 Tablespoons butter


  • Heat skillet on med-high, add canola oil.
  • Dip steak in milk then flour then place in hot oil to cook.
  • Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Remove from skillet and drain on wire rack.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Add steak, onions, and cheese. Grill sandwich in a separate skillet on each side until golden.


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Calories: 1063kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 756mg | Potassium: 778mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 619IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 15mg
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  1. 4 stars
    There’s also a kitchen machine named “Fast Cutlet Maker V2” that flattens the meat and form a nice cube pattern on it. It’s mostly popular in Germany.

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