Published Jun 8th
Prep 10m Cook 50m Additional 15m Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 12 servings Calories 340.9

This is how they make loose meat sandwiches in the restaurants. They are always moist and savory.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 12 hamburger buns, split

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Crumble the ground beef and onion into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring to break up lumps, until no longer pink. Drain off the grease and return to the stove. Add the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, salt, pepper, and butter. Bring to a boil, then set the heat to low and simmer uncovered until the liquid is almost completely gone, about 40 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes before serving on buns.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 340.9
  • Carbohydrate 22.9 g
  • Cholesterol 70.7 mg
  • Fat 16.4 g
  • Fiber 1.3 g
  • Protein 23.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.3 g
  • Sodium 809.6 mg
  • Sugar 0.6 g


  1. My family really enjoyed this. I did double the onions and it could have used more. My sauce wasn't reducing down much and seemd watery so I wound up adding about 2 tbsp on flour mixed with water to thicken up the juices just slightly. These were super yummy with lots of pickles and I - Read more ...
  2. I made this as directed except I scaled it to 8 servings so it used 2 lbs of ground beef. Very tasty. My boys ended up putting easy cheese on top. The leftovers were a bit too salty the next day.
  3. Wow I know why they call this "loose" meat because after the first bite you lose all the meat into the plate and are left with a bun. I saw this on the AR exchange and had to try it after watching numerouse re-runs of "Rosanne" and the "Landford Lunchbox" featuring this famous sandwich. I - Read more ...
  4. I've never had this before and was looking for a new recipe for hamburger. I made it just as written and they weren't bad. My husband said they were "Ok" and all I could really say was they were "different" I'm not sure if I'll make them again but they were ok. incidently I put - Read more ...
  5. I have been sooo hungry lately for a good maid rite. OH MY GOSH!!!! This was it--I was full after one but had to have another!! Only enough leftovers for me--too bad family. Even my picky little girl had two helpings (without a bun)and said yummy. Thanks so much for the recipe. Didn't say when - Read more ...
  6. Close enough to the Ottumwa, IA to save me from driving 4 hours to get one in person. I did add a tiny smidge of season salt toward the end because it seemed just a tad bland, but other than that - perfect. The key to good loose meat... tiny tiny chunks of meat. Keep - Read more ...
  7. These are great ~ after years of making sloppy joes, we've switched to these after trying them last month. The only change i make is adding a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix for extra flavor, and i usually let them simmer for a couple hours before serving.
  8. Excellent! It took about an hour to boil down the broth. I've misses Tastee burgers since I left Nebraska-made these and served them with onion rings and the obligatory french onion dip and was in heaven.
  9. 4.5 stars. I doubled the onion and added white pepper and just a bit of mustard. Add the onion to the beef when the beef is half brown and be sure to strain the grease off very well. This recipe brings back memories of childhood. Use small soft buns and pickles and mustard ONLY for - Read more ...