What’s the difference between a hamburger and a patty melt? Primarily, a patty melt has no bun and uses regular bread. It kinda gets short shrift when compared up along the noble burger, but it has its charms.

My version begins with red onions caramelized over 12 minutes, a couple of slices of rye bread lightly toasted, a light spread of German sweet mustard, a piece of gjetost goat cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh oregano.

Oh, and that lamb patty.

It came out absolutely fabulous. To accompany this ever-so-mildly sweet patty melt, I chose a simple salad of celery, apple, walnuts, and cranberries, with a light honey-Dijon vinaigrette.