Well, it doesn't make for a pretty picture but the traditional Patty Melt makes a delicious meal. The only thing I would change about this recipe, which is perhaps less calories than you would expect (at 341 per sandwich), is the flavor of the actual patty. It was a bit too bland for me and I'll be trying some additions on future patty melt afternoons.
There's not a whole lot of information on the sandwich, which is kind of surprising considering an entire network is almost entirely devoted to telling us where food comes from, but it's bandied about the internet that it originated at a place called Tiny Naylor's, a now defunct California drive in.
Also a mystery, is a character named Patty Melt that Wikipedia claims the Beef Council uses for the promotion of the “What's for dinner” campaign. So far my searches?have turned up no such character, but I do like the idea that she is “a large plush cheeseburger with a pink ballcap and long blonde braids” who “has made appearances at state fairs, NASCAR Races, children's events, and beef cook-offs”