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Loose Meat Sandwich in a basket, with 3 pickles and chips

Loose Meat Sandwich

In Iowa, they call this a Maid-Rite sandwich! Flavorful ground beef, cooked loose instead of packed like a hamburger. Our recipe has a couple of secret ingredients that make it sweet and tangy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 404 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • cup finely diced or grated onion
  • ¼ cup dill pickle juice
  • 5 oz root beer
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split for serving
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Desired toppings: Cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles


  • Crumble ground beef and minced onion together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until most of the outside is browned, but there is still some pink.
  • Add pickle juice, root beer, garlic, and Worcestershire to the pan. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 20 minutes. The liquid should simmer, but not boil.
    Remove lid and continue cooking until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add salt and pepper and cook an additional minute, then serve.
  • When ready to serve, butter your buns and place on a baking sheet, cut side up. Put baking sheet on the top rack of your oven, and broil on high for 1 minute, or until the buns are lightly toasted. Scoop meat onto the buns and add desired toppings.


Nutrition Facts
Loose Meat Sandwich
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword 30-minute meal, beef, easy dinner, lunch, party food
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