Ben Franklin Five and Dime Store Loose Meat Sandwich

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Auburndale Ray

Back in the 1960's there were the old Ben Franklin Five and Dime Stores and most of them had a lunch counter with swiveling stools. They also had a might fine little sloppy joe type sandwich which they sold for 23 1/2 cents. One day I asked the girl behind the counter how she made the great little sandwiches and she told me, so I wrote it on one of the napkins. I found the old napkin last week as I was looking through some old files. The little hamburgers were really a treat and the place was usually packed with customers enjoying them. So here is that special recipe, just as the girl told me back in the 1960's. I adjusted the amounts down to a smaller size, but that is the only change I made.

Top Review by Robyn

Well this tasted pretty good but I really think there was missing water or stock or whatever in this recipe. I added the flour ad the ketchup and it was just not right at all, if you make this add some water, I added about a cup and let it simmer and it came out pretty good, we liked the slaw on top.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Crumble and break up hamburger into a deep frying pan
  2. Brown hamburger meat as you contine to break into small bits.
  3. Add salt and pepper as you continue to brown the meat.
  4. When meat is browned, add the ketchup and the flour and mix thoroughly.
  5. Continue to cook mixture for another minute.
  6. Serve meat on warm buns with cole slaw on top of the meat.

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