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Loose Meat Sandwich
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5 from 7 votes

Loose Meat Sandwich

Flavorful seasoned beef is piled high on a bun creating a quick and easy meal your whole family will love. You don't have to be from Iowa to enjoy this classic!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, iowa, loose meat, lunch, made-rite, midwest, sandwich, tavern
Servings: 8
Calories: 450kcal


  • 2 pounds ground Beef
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (oil or bacon grease can be substituted)
  • 1/2 Onion (diced)
  • 2 cups Beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground Black Pepper



  • Melt butter in saute pan over medium heat and add ground beef.
  • Cook the beef until it browns and is no longer pink, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks. 
  • Drain fat from the pan and add onions, beef broth, Worcestershire, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until all liquid has evaporated.
  • Serve on hamburger buns with pickles and mustard.


IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE check out my Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, another midwest classic! 


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 4mg