Iowa-Style Loose Meat Sandwiches

Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

The origins of this sandwich are disputed. A typical loosemeat sandwich consists of twice-ground beef cooked and seasoned with a secret ingredient or two, piled into hamburger buns and topped off with mustard, pickles, and chopped onions--never ketchup. Taylor's Maid-Rite in Marshalltown, Iowa will ship frozen Maid-Rites to your door.

Top Review by bmxmama

This was pretty good, we used Sierra Nevada as our beer and it gave it a great flavor. I followed the recipe exactly except I doubled it and it was really fantastic! Thanks for sharing, this is going into our rotation.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a skillet, brown the beef over medium-high heat, stirring to crumble; drain in a colander.
  2. Return beef to pan; stir in onion flakes, pepper, salt, sugar, mustard, and beer.
  3. Simmer, partially covered, over medium heat until liquid is evaporated (about 30 minutes.
  4. To make a loosemeat sandwich: spoon beef into buns; serve immediately with chopped onion, mustard, and pickles.
  5. Make sure everyone has a spoon so they can scoop up any stray beef that escapes.

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