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Loose Meat Sandwich
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5 from 18 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 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 450kcal


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter (oil or bacon grease can be substituted)
  • ½ yellow 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 small 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.
  • Use a slotted spoon to serve onto hamburger buns with dill pickles and mustard.


This can be made in advance and kept warm in a slow cooker if you are serving a crowd.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.


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