Monday, January 31, 2011

Steak 'n Sheak Frisco Melts Copycat





If you are lucky enough to have a Steak 'n Shake nearby, you may have tried their delicious Frisco Melt. They are addicting and delicious. If the craving strikes you and you'd like to feed your family for much cheaper than ordering these from the store, try my adapted recipe for Frisco Melts. I love them.


Notes:  As a few comments pointed out, Frisco Melts don't traditionally have onions on them. I love caramelized onions so I always make add them.

While two patties per sandwich are delicious, for most appetites it is a lot of food. I only use one patty per sandwich. It stretches the meal a little longer anyhow. If you do this, when you add the cheese in step 2, add both slices of cheese to one patty.   

Also, in a pinch I have used only Russian dressing for the frisco sauce. If I had to choose either Thousand Island or Russian, I'd recommend the Russian dressing.


Steak 'n Shake Frisco Melts
Makes several sandwiches

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 onion, sliced thin and caramelized (optional)
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Frisco Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. Thousand Island
  • 1 Tbsp. Russian dressing

1. If you haven't already prepared the caramelized onions, do so first and set aside. Prepare the Frisco sauce and store in the fridge until ready to use.

2. Roll ground beef into golf ball sized balls. Heat a saute pan to medium high. Add ground beef balls, about 2-4 to a pan, 2 if you have a medium sized pan, or 4 if you have a large pan. The meat should sizzle when you add it, if not, your pan is not hot enough. Let cook for one minute, then flip over and using the back of your spatula, smash the burger flat into a thin patty. After a short time and the ground beef is mostly cooked through, flip once more, and add Swiss to one patty, and one American slice to another. Cover saute pan to help melt the cheese. Place on a paper towel to drain fat.

3. Spread butter on bread, toast in a toaster oven or in a clean saute pan until golden. Spread Frisco sauce to each piece of bread. Add warmed caramelized onions to one slice of bread. Add the patties and serve.

Adapted from a recipe at Food.com

22 comments:

  1. I love SnS!! Thanks for the recipe. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Saw this on pinterest and had to come over and follow you!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Made these for dinner last month & they were a HUGE hit!! So so good!! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm sure its tasty but as a former SnS server....there are not onions on a Frisco melt....at least not in central Illinois

    ReplyDelete
  5. I live in Illinois and there are always onions.....:)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I tried the Russian dressing and it didn't taste like the sauce so I researched further. I read that French dressing is closer to the real thing but I just spent my weekly food budget on these ingredients so I decided I would try the Thousand Island with ketchup and it was pretty darn close to the real thing! Also I bought the amount of meat you stated too and thought I would have melts looking like the one pictured but I needed to go back to the store for more meat if I wanted mine to look like the picture. Thank you though for getting me inspired to make these, when I presented my completed melt..my husband about died and was so sad when I said it wasn't healthy so I don't want to make it too often:p We are working out a compromise right now:D

    ReplyDelete
  7. As a former Steak N Shake employee who actually made the Frisco sauce, I can tell you it is four parts 1000 Island dressing and three parts French dressing. So for a small batch of dressing you could use four Tbsp 1000 Island and three Tbsp French.

    ReplyDelete
  8. As a former sns employee of doing everything, a frisco has no onions and 'frisco sauce' is just 1000 island dressing

    ReplyDelete
  9. This was really good. I did make it with ketchup and thousand island dressing and a second batch with russian dressing and thousand island dressing...both were comparable...didn't taste too different. Either way my boyfriend really enjoyed it and wanted me to make him another! definitely a keeper! onions were a nice touch. very good.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This looks great! Just one thing, though. Steak N Shake doesn't put onion on the Frisco Melt. Minor detail -- just thought I'd mention it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Can't wait to try these. We are going to Steak and Shake tonight. It's a 40 mile drive one way so you can tell we love the place. We prefer this rather than going out for a nice steak sometimes.

    ReplyDelete
  12. we dont have a steak and shake where i live but i thought i would try this recipe anyway (cause it looked delicious) my family and i love them. the recipe was easy to follow and the flavors were great. i will definitely make them again!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. As I was commenting on the biscuits and gravy I saw this recipe - oh MY!! I love - what we call a patty melt - this burger! We have a steak and shake but who cares? Yours looks WAY better and I can't wait to make it!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This recipe is seriously the bomb!! My husband and I just love Steak n Shake! I just started my own food blog and featured it tonight :) So thank you so much for sharing in the yummyness.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please leave a link to your new food blog so I can check it out. Yay! :)

      Delete
    2. Omg thanks so much it really helped....

      Delete
  15. There are no onions on a frisco melt! It's just buttered sourdough, american and swiss cheese, and frisco (1000 island) sauce. We haven't had grilled onions on our frisco since I've worked there (about two years now).

    ReplyDelete
  16. For all of you that commented that sns doesn't use onions please read the post again as it was said that it was a preference. Just sayin!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Following in the footsteps of five of my sisters (one whose name was also Debbie :)), I too worked at Steak N Shake and it was for 2 years (in IL). I actually held the special title as the Master of the Grill for my district. To be fair, it's been twenty years and their recipes may have changed since then, but I doubt it. I've heard people use all sorts of crazy things in their recipes to mimic the Frisco sauce. They did not use Russian dressing (or ketchup as some suppose). They used Thousand Island and French dressings measured in equal parts. The grilled (or caramelized) onion was on the Patty melt which was on Rye bread with American cheese, but not the Frisco (unless specially requested, as Debe clarifies above). The Frisco Melt recipe calls for two fresh slices of tomato. We also grilled our bread rather than toasting it. That makes a big big difference in the taste experience. If you want to get technical, we would butter it with real butter, melted in a roller. Just in case you were wondering, we did not butter the buns that were toasted on the grill to use for steak burgers. Hope this helps everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  18. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  19. We would also put the slice of Swiss on one of the sourdough slices, probably because it was too big for the steak-burger patty. The American would go on the bottom patty.

    The SNS Frisco definitely stands apart from all other burgers.

    ReplyDelete