Loose Meat Sandwiches

My kids love this version of a burger! Easier than firing up the grill, too!

I’m sorry. Loose meat sandwiches? I hate that name. We actually call these sandwiches Maid-Rite Burgers after a burger joint in town that makes loose meat sandwiches.

But, whatever you call these, just know that they are utterly delicious. So much more fun than a traditional cheeseburger and there’s no worrying about firing up the grill.

These are similar to a sloppy joe, but without the sauce. My mama actually never made sloppy joes when we were little, but she made loose meat sandwiches quite a bit. We loved them and still do.

My kids love this version of a burger! Easier than firing up the grill, too!

I like mine with lots of mustard and dill pickles.

Lately, I’ve been making these into sliders on Hawaiian rolls. My kids will pretty much eat anything if I sandwich it between some sweet Hawaiian rolls and I always seem to have a package or two in the house. I love the savory meat on the sweet roll, but you can make full size burgers on regular buns if you prefer!

My kids love this version of a burger! Easier than firing up the grill, too!

So, just to be clear, these aren’t just ground beef crumbled and put on a bun. No, no, no. This meat gets cooked in a savory sauce so that it has tons of flavor. I could probably be happy just eating the meat with a fork and skipping the bun, it’s so good!

A lot of people put diced onion in their meat mixture, but if I did that my kids would revolt. I use onion powder instead. Lots of great flavor, but none of the chunks for kids (and picky husbands) to freak out about.

My kids love this version of a burger! Easier than firing up the grill, too!

Loose Meat Sandwiches

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 35 mins
Serves serves 4     adjust servings


  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 8 slider buns or 4 regular sandwich buns
  • pickles, for serving
  • mustard, for serving


  1. Place ground beef and seasonings into a large skillet and brown meat, crumbling as it cooks, over medium heat until cooked through. Do not drain fat.
  2. Pour beef broth into pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  3.  Spoon beef onto buns and top with pickles and mustard.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 645kcal Calories from fat 249
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 916mg 38%
Carbohydrate 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 33g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g