Melt sandwich
A tuna melt on a plate with French fries
Alternative namesToasted cheese sandwich, toastie
Main ingredientscheese, filling (tuna with mayonnaise, ham, roast beef, chicken, turkey, or a hamburger patty)

A melt sandwich is a type of hot sandwich containing a suitable meltable cheese (sometimes grated) and a filling of meat or fish. The sandwich is grilled on the stovetop until the cheese melts (hence the name) and the bread is toasted,[1][2][3][4][5] or heated in an oven.[6][7]

One common type is the tuna melt, a melt sandwich filled with canned tuna that has been mixed with mayonnaise (tuna salad) and other ingredients such as pickles, tomato, and onion. Other popular choices are ham, roast beef, chicken, turkey,[citation needed] or a ground beef patty (for a patty melt). Both patty melts and tuna melts are staples of the traditional American diner; patty melts were commonly found on menus by the 1940s, and tuna melts by the 1960s.[1][2][3][5]

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  1. ^ a b Duane, Daniel (4 February 2016). "Better Than a Burger: In Praise of the Patty Melt". Men's Journal.
  2. ^ a b Gonzalez, Sef (2 January 2015). "A Little Patty Melt History". Burger Beast.
  3. ^ a b Inamine, Elyse (15 June 2017). "The Patty Melt Is Getting Its Moment". Food & Wine.
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Tuna Melt". Bon Appétit. 22 March 2023. Retrieved 29 April 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Tuna Melt Recipe". NYT Cooking. Retrieved 29 April 2023.
  6. ^ Cismaru, Joanna (13 September 2022). "Easy Tuna Melt Recipe". Jo Cooks.
  7. ^ Abraham, Lena (23 September 2019). "Best-Ever Tuna Melt". Delish. Retrieved 10 June 2023.