These are my wife's version of the famous loose meat sandwiches. They are pretty tasty and very easy to make.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until brown. Drain. Return to pan with salt, pepper, and water to cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until water is gone, 15 to 30 minutes.

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  • Serve meat on buns topped with chopped onion, dill pickle slices and mustard.

Nutrition Facts

355.7 calories; 26.6 g protein; 24.2 g carbohydrates; 74.3 mg cholesterol; 994.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2006
i'll tell ya how to get 5 stars out of it. use chicken broth instead of water. after cooking the beef place worchestershire sauce and paprika in it too. also let it simmer for about 10 min to reduce down the chicken broth.dont put pickels on top put minced onions and some of the juice from pan. i promise its wonderful Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/06/2011
Salt the pan before adding the beef to begin browning. While browning constantly break up the meat with the back of a spoon to make the pieces as small as possible. You may not need 1 1/2 cups of water; it should just cover the meat. With these changes this will be a lot closer to the real Loosemeat Sandwiches or Maid Rites. To soften the buns steam on top of the meat for several seconds. Read More
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185 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 103
  • 4 star values: 54
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2006
i'll tell ya how to get 5 stars out of it. use chicken broth instead of water. after cooking the beef place worchestershire sauce and paprika in it too. also let it simmer for about 10 min to reduce down the chicken broth.dont put pickels on top put minced onions and some of the juice from pan. i promise its wonderful Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2009
After having made this recipe a few times my mother suggested using liptons onion soup with the water. She said she worked at maid rite years ago and that is what they use. TRUST ME IT IS FABULOUS!!! We love it with the onion soup it really ups the taste! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2004
Almost need another star for this one! I grew up in Iowa and my favorite place to stop after school for a snack was the local Maid-Rite. These sandwiches are just as I remember those lovely Maid-Rites. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2006
Recipe as written would have gotten 4 stars when you make one simple change you can't give it anything less than 5 stars. Try this before you say ewwwwww. Instead of water use Coca-Cola not diet regular coke - superb. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
These are the spittin' image of the famous Made-Rites you can find in Iowa. Whenever we drive down that way we always make a special detour just so we can eat these. How cool to be able to make them at home now! My husband requests these almost weekly. You wouldn't think something so "plain" would be so tasty - but they really are - and so easy too! I like to serve them with parmesan-herb roasted potato wedges and a crisp green salad. You can also use extra lean ground turkey if you want to go the healthier route instead of the beef. I saute the onion a little bit first to eliminate "onion breath". You can wrap the burgers in waxed paper if you want just like they do at the restaurant. It helps keep all the good stuff in! Thanks Carlo - your wife got it just right! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2003
Very, very yuumy!! I followed the recipe exactly and put them on super soft hamburger rolls and me and my hubby could not stop eating them!! Defintely recommend!! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
These are the Real Deal!!! Just like we remember from our good old days in Iowa...Can't get them in Nevada but now we can have them anytime we get the urge... So good they disappeared in minutes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2008
These are a regular meal at our house now especially when I don't feel like cooking--these are easy to throw together....I use chicken broth instead of the water & used no salt. The Worcestershire Sauce (like other stated) is a great addition too! This also freezes well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2009
This was very good. I made this with a little garlic powder, paprika, S&P, and beef broth instead of water. The beef itself had a great flavor. With the addition of pickles, cheese, and mustard, a great sandwich was made. UPDATE: Since I make this ALL the time, it has to be a five star recipe. I've used beef broth and chicken broth, both are excellent. To prepare the sandwiches, I spoon the meat mixture onto one side of the bun, add some onions, and on the other side I put shredded cheddar, and broil in the oven until the cheese is just melted. PERFECT. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/06/2011
Salt the pan before adding the beef to begin browning. While browning constantly break up the meat with the back of a spoon to make the pieces as small as possible. You may not need 1 1/2 cups of water; it should just cover the meat. With these changes this will be a lot closer to the real Loosemeat Sandwiches or Maid Rites. To soften the buns steam on top of the meat for several seconds. Read More
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