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**Slow Cooker Loose Meat Sandwich

Slow Cooker Loose Meat Sandwich

  • Cooking Time:

    4 hours
  • Servings:

    10

Ingredients

2 T. dried onions or a small onion
2 garlic cloves
1 T. warm water (if using dried onions)
3 lbs. lean ground beef
1 beef bouillon cube (low sodium)
1 chicken bouillon cube (also low sodium)
1 1/2 c. water
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. low sodium soy sauce
2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. brown sugar

Slow Cooker Loose Meat Sandwiches are a great go-to, meal as I usually have ground been in my freezer. This is one of our comfort foods in the Midwest (where I am originally from). Enjoy!

  1. Start slow cooker on high, add dried onion and 1 T. warm water. (Allow to rehydrated a bit while assembling other ingredients.)
  2. Stir ground beef, 1 1/2 cups water and all other ingredients well. Stirring well to break up ground beef and mix all ingredients.
  3. Cover. Cook on high 4 hours or until ground beef is cooked, stirring occasionally to prevent beef from clumping. The ingredients should have a smooth texture.

Serve on hamburger buns with tomatoes, onions, pickles, or any topping you desire.

Optional: I use an diced onion instead of the dried onion, and brown the onion and garlic, and add the ground beef to brown too, as I feel it adds flavor. But you really don’t have to brown the ground beef, just be sure to stir occasionally as stated in step #3!

Note: These are messy so use plenty of napkins!

Happy Crocking!

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Jenn

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Jennifer
Jennifer
9 years ago

This was super easy to make, and tasted pretty good – a little bland for my family – but a good base recipe for a mexican meal! It also made a LOT… plenty for a medium sized family.

Ann
Ann
8 years ago

Do you have any suggestions for a person who is using one of the small size crock pots? Everything overcooks because it has to cook for approx 10hrs. Not a big deal for a “regular” crock pot but not good for small. FYI, I love leftovers but currently have no microwave. So that makes it hard too. Thanks for any help.

Net
Net
8 years ago

I made this yesterday and I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I don’t like the traditional sloppy joes because of the red sauce so this was really different but still it taste a lot like sloppy joes still just without the red sauce. I will be making this often thanks for the recipe! Oh, I added red pepper flakes and red sweet bell peppers and yellow and orange peppers a fresh chopped onion and it was cooked on the stove simmered real slow for about 40 minutes.

Jamie
Jamie
8 years ago

Can the burger go in raw or do you need to brown it first?

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Kim
Kim
7 years ago

Great recipe! I used pita pockets for the bread and it wasn’t messy at all. It was a hit with the fam. Thank you for sharing!

Lillie
Lillie
7 years ago

What would the measurements be to cut this to 1 or 2 lbs of meat? There are only 2 of us.

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago

This looks very similar to the maid rites I grew up eating in SE Iowa. I always enjoyed a smear of cheez whiz on my sandwich. Going to try these very soon. Thanks for posting!

Sandy
Sandy
7 years ago

Are you from NW Indiana that you know of Maid Rite?

Jane Koranda
Jane Koranda
7 years ago

I think this is a old fashioned Madrite sandwich,I’m going to give it a try..

frank
frank
7 years ago

does the ” T ” mean teaspoon or table spoon in the instructions ?

Cinda
Cinda
7 years ago

I usually brown my burger, add onion as in powder, flakes, or finely chopped fresh. I add a small amount of water, to make the burger crumbly. I also add Chicken Bouillon Cube, along with Salt and Pepper to taste. I grew up eating Maid Rites, and still travel back to Illinois and have them a few times while I’m there at the Maid Rite Restaurant. This way I make mine is the closest I’ve had. Maid Rites aren’t sweet, or anywhere near a Sloppy Joe. Maid Rites are served with Onion, Pickle and Mustard and only Ketchup on request.… Read more »

patty scheier
patty scheier
7 years ago

I love these but add mustard and relish to the meat and mix it up. It helps hold it together. Love them!

Em Walker
Em Walker
7 years ago

I pinned this for my sweet little momma the other day . She is from Iowa and LOVES the place where they make these, but can no longer find them around her. I sent her the recipe and she’s in heaven! All she kept saying was: What a great way to start a new year!

Thanks for making her “year”! 🙂

Regina Rasmussen
Regina Rasmussen
7 years ago

I’ve got this in the crockpot right now. My husband and I love Maid Rites & the closest one is about 30-40 miles from here. Looking forward to supper tonight. Thanks for the recipe.

Mdrtfan
Mdrtfan
7 years ago

Personal I did not think it taste like Maid rites at all. And tasted very blah. I have a way better recipe:

1 lb hamburger, 2 Tbs. sugar, 4 Tbs dill pickle juice, 1 diced onions, lots of pepper, mustard and buns

cook hamburger in skillet, drain, put back in skillet. Then add sugar, pickle juice and onions. Let set a few mins. prepare buns with mustard and pickles. and enjoy!

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Chyrie
Chyrie
6 years ago

Please check your protein value. No way does this have 41 grams of protein!

Jerri Uitermarkt
6 years ago

Surely you don’t throw in the boullion cubes without dissolving them in water do you?

Thanks,
Iowa Girl who loves Maid Rites!

Jodie
Jodie
5 years ago

Plan to make these today & will let you know how my family likes them. Have been excited once I found this recipe. As the maid rite is my favorite spot to go eat when I visit my mom in Southeast Iowa.

Joan
Joan
5 years ago

Delighted to find this recipe – when traveling East (we live in Arizona) we always stop for Maid Rites – they are delicious. Will enjoy being able to have them more now! Thanks for the recipe!!

candice
candice
5 years ago

Hi! Do you drain the meat if you brown it first?

Sherrie
Sherrie
5 years ago

This recipe has been a huge hit at my house! Super easy and tasty! My daughter is a light meat eater so it’s perfect for her just to dip out what she wants…the males in the house are big meat eaters so they pile it on. So far, the leftovers have only made it to the next day!

Christi
Christi
5 years ago

Sadly; I had to throw it out. Left it on high for 4 hours to come back home to charcoal burnt hamburger. Maybe 4-6 hours on low would be better. Not very happy right now.

Rachel
Rachel
5 years ago

Can I cook this on low 6-8hrs?

Mindy
Mindy
4 years ago

Made this a couple days ago following the recipe exactly and I have to tell you it was wonderful!! I grew up in Iowa and Maid Rites were always a treat! I have lived in Calif for my adult life and everytime I visit Iowa it’s one of the first things I do when I get there, get a Maid Rite! Sadly they are getting harder and harder to find. I have often thought that they would go over well out here. Thanks for the recipe!

christine LaBrake
christine LaBrake
4 years ago

I would’ve to use no sodium boullion cubes as those cubes are loaded with sodium,we’ve them here in upstate ny.sounds like a sloppy joe,but better!the red sauce can be too spicy,so i’m going to try this.

Samara Guy
Samara Guy
4 years ago

Do you put the garlic cloves in whole? I have only used minced garlic before so I’m not sure how to use cloves. Thank you.

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