Copycat Steak n’ Shake Frisco Melt

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frisco melt on plate with fries

Have Steak n’ Shake at home with this Frisco Melt copycat recipe.

Steak n’ Shake is one of my favorite fast food restaurants. I love their chili mac, fries, burgers, and their frisco melts.

It’s actually weird to like them because I don’t like cheeseburgers which is basically the base of this recipe.

We used to eat at Steak n’ Shake frequently after church. That was back when I was in high school, super skinny, and could eat whatever I wanted without gaining a pound.

I could never decide on what to get… chili mac or hamburger and fries. Sometimes i’d just get it all. Oh those were the days!!!

I hate seeing all of these articles about how they might go out of business soon. I hope it’s not true, but it’s nice to have this recipe in my back pocket if something were to really happen.

I’ve made these a couple different ways. Sometimes I make two really thin hamburger patties to put on each sandwich and other times just one.

The sauce can be a combination of thousand island and western dressings or just use thousand island. I like to mix mine for the most flavor.

bite of frisco melt on plate with fries

I served mine with thicker cut fries but you could always do Steak n’ Shake’s famous shoestring fries. The sauce is great on the fries, too.

If you like copycat recipes, try our Copycat Arby’s Beef & Cheddar.

What is your favorite fast food item that you hope never goes away?

Copycat Steak n’ Shake Frisco Melt

Hamburger patty with two types of cheese smothered in sauce and served on toasted bread.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat recipe, frisco melt, steak n’ shake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 loaf thick sliced bread sourdough, texas toast, etc.
  • 6 tbsp thousand island dressing use more if desired
  • 2 tbsp western dressing optional
  • 4 slices american cheese
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 8 tbsp butter


  1. Pat the ground beef out into 4 hamburger patties. (You can also make 8 thinner patties and put two on each sandwich.)

  2. Fry hamburgers in a skillet or cook them on a grill until no longer pink.

  3. While the hamburgers are cooking, butter one side of 8 pieces of bread. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Place the bread, butter side down, in the skillet. Put a piece of American cheese on 4 of the slices and a piece of swiss cheese on the remaining 4 slices. Cook the bread until it is toasted on the buttered side and the cheese is melted. Watch carefully so the bread doesn't burn. Should only take a couple of minutes or less.

  4. If using western dressing, combine with the thousand island. Smear approximately 1 tablespoon of dressing onto each piece of bread (on the cheese side).

  5. Layer a hamburger patty on 4 of the pieces of bread. Top the sandwiches with the other 4 pieces of bread.

  6. Serve immediately after assembling.

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