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HG's Flat-Top Patty Melt
HG's Flat-Top Patty Melt

Flat 'n Fabulous
Admit it -- you find yourself singing that hip-hop jingle for the latest greasefest to come from Carl's Jr. and Hardee's: "Flat buns... I like flat buns..." (it's catchy!). And since grilled onions, a beefy burger, and melted cheese on toasty rye bread (yeah, that's what a "flat bun" is in this case) sounds delicious, we decided to HG-ify it. We're pleased to present HG's Flat-Top Patty Melt.

Ingredients:
2 slices reduced-calorie or thinly sliced rye bread (with around 50 calories per slice)
2 slices fat-free American cheese
3/4 cup sliced onion
1 Boca Meatless Burger, Original

Directions:
Toast bread slices until they are halfway to desired crispiness. Top each slice with a piece of cheese, and continue toasting until cheese is melted and bread is toasty. In a pan sprayed with nonstick spray, cook onions with 2 tbsp. of water over medium heat until desired texture is reached (3 - 5 minutes). Prepare burger patty according to the directions on the package (either in the pan sprayed with nonstick spray, or in the microwave). Place half of the grilled onions on one cheese-topped bread slice, and cover with the burger patty. Top with the rest of the onions, and finish off with the other slice of cheesy bread. Enjoy!

HG Heads Up! No worries if you can't track down reduced-calorie or thinly sliced rye. Just go with any reduced-calorie bread (here are some of our faves!).

Serving Size: 1 sandwich (entire recipe)
Calories: 272
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 1,183mg
Carbs: 40g
Fiber: 7.5g
Sugars: 9g
Protein: 27g

PointsPlus® value 7*

Hardee's Patty Melt Thickburger / Carl's Jr. Patty Melt
Hardee's Patty Melt Thickburger / Carl's Jr. Patty Melt

Fatty Melt
Addictive as the theme song may be, getting hooked on either of these Patty Melts would be a BAD idea. As if the Carl's Jr. 570-calorie, 32g-of-fat one isn't scary enough, sister restaurant Hardee's serves one up that clocks in at an astounding 790 calories and 51g of fat. Eeeks! Either way, feasting on too many of these cheese 'n burger loaded flat buns will leave your own buns anything but flat. But if you're still itching to try a patty melt, just whip up HG's Flat-Top Patty Melt at home. It has just around 270 calories and only 2g of fat... for a PATTY MELT?! Now that's worth singing about...

Serving Size: 1 Patty Melt Thickburger / 1 Patty Melt
Calories: 790 / 570
Fat: 51g / 32g
Sodium: 1,770mg / 1,350mg
Carbs: 48g / 42g
Fiber: 4g / 5g
Sugars: 5g / 5g
Protein: 31g / 30g

PointsPlus® value 21 / 15*

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.