Iowa Loosemeat Sandwiches

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4 to 4 servings

What's not to like? Ground beef and not much else - no garlic, no tomatoes, no spices, no funny stuff whatsoever. Add the toppings of your choice and you're in business.


  • 500 g lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion , chopped
  • 3/4 cup beef or chicken broth , (or water)
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • sliced pickles
  • chopped onion
  • mustard
  • ketchup


  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink.
  • Add the broth, mustard, salt and pepper, lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring once in a while, until most of the liquid has evaporated – 10 to 15 minutes.
  • To serve: Spoon Loosemeat mixture onto split hamburger buns. Top with sliced pickles, chopped onion, mustard, ketchup or whatever you like. In Iowa, I understand the pickles are mandatory but everything else is optional.