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Loose Meat Sandwiches

If you grew up in the Midwest, you’ve undoubtedly eaten, or at least heard of, the loose meat sandwich called a Maid-Rite. Recreate it by simmering ground chuck with a few staple ingredients you probably already have on hand, and serving it on a soft bun for an easy weeknight dinner. Simple and delicious is the name of the game with this take on the Iowa institution’s famed sandwich.


4 sandwiches

Total Time

30 minutes

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Test Kitchen Tip

Traditionally served with just the meat and the bun, go ahead and add a slice of American cheese to take it up a notch.


Cook ground chuck and onion in oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until chuck is fully cooked and onion has softened, 10 minutes. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings. Add garlic to pan and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium.

Add broth and Worcestershire; simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 510 minutes.

Off heat, stir in ketchup and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Serve loose meat on buns with pickle slices.

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