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Iowa Loosemeat Sandwich – Courtesy of George Motz / Hamburger America

15 Mins


3 Pounds Fresh-Ground Prime Chuck (preferably Schweid & Sons)

Kosher Salt


Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls

Yellow Mustard

Dill Pickle Chips

Makes 6 sandwiches


Step 1

Preheat the seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and, using a wooden spoon, crumble the beef as it cooks, as if you were preparing ground beef for tacos.

Step 2

Drain fat from pan.

Step 3

Add salt to taste, stir, and lower heat.

Step 4

Open a few Martins Potato Rolls and place open side DOWN on top of the beef mixture to steam the buns for a minute or so.

Step 5

Remove buns from pan one at a time, give each a squirt of mustard and a few pickles, then scoop the crumbled beef onto the bun.

Step 6

Serve and eat! It’s that easy…

Recipe Courtesy of George Motz/Hamburger America

“The Loosemeat Sandwich of Iowa is technically not a burger. It does however exhibit many burger-like characteristics so we consider it a member of the hamburger ‘family’. True to its name, the loose meat sandwich is basically an unformed hamburger. It’s served on a bun with mustard and pickles, but the difference lies in the preparation of the beef. Instead of a standard patty, ground beef is crumbled and steamed with nothing but salt added. Much of the fat drains off and you are left with a lean pile of pebbled beef. Once married to a bun that has been doped with condiments, it becomes a sort of Sloppy Joe without the slop. It is a very straightforward sandwich—one where the flavor of beef shines.

Not surprisingly the Loosemeat, sometimes called a Maid-Rite or a Tavern, is the perfect tailgate food because you can prepare ahead at home and bring the goods to the stadium. We like to cook a big pile of chopped beef and reheat it in the lot. And serving time is lightening fast – your hungry group will be eating in less than a minute.”