Monday, February 9, 2009

Yummy Loose Meat Hamburger Sandwich

Dry onion soup mixed with ketchup, mustard and sweet pickles, combined with cooked ground beef, makes this loose meat sandwich sort of like a deconstructed hamburger.

Loose Meat Hamburger Sandwich

I just love this Hamburger Sandwich! Kind of like a cross between a po'boy and a sloppy joe, it's a loose meat sandwich with all of the flavors of the typical All American Burger packaged in a saucy ground beef.

The beauty of this recipe is that it's a quick and easy meal to throw together too - all done on the stovetop in the skillet. You can also make it as pictured, using one large loaf of French bread and sliced into servings, or serve it up on individual rolls or buns, such as King's Hawaiian rolls. I hope that you give this sandwich a try because it really is absolutely yummy.

Here's how to make it.

First, stick some butter in the microwave to melt and then, let's brown up a pound of ground beef.

And don't forget that little tip of mine about using a potato masher to break the meat up into small, fine crumbles. It really does a fantastic job!

While that's going, grab the loaf of French bread.

Cut the bread in half lengthwise.(I'm just making up 1/2 of the loaf for now for the two of us and saving the other half plus half of the meat mixture for later.)

And brush on the melted butter. You can either do this in a skillet, on a grill, or in the oven. Just toast until bread is slightly crunchy and cut side is just getting golden.

Now, in a separate small bowl, combine the ketchup, mustard and sweet pickles.

To that add a package of dry onion soup mix. I like the golden onion variety but the regular works fine too.

Mix that all together.

To the browned ground beef, add the 1/2 cup of beef stock. Since we're using a packaged mix, try to use low sodium broth if possible.

And the ketchup mixture.

Stir that together well...

...bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, just to heat though.

Grab your toasted bread. This could have probably gone for just a tad bit longer if you want, but I was gettin' hungry!

Pile the meat mixture on the bottom part of the French bread loaf.

Top with some chopped onion.

And chopped tomato.

And some shredded lettuce. You can also add shredded or sliced cheese, more pickles, jalapenos, bacon, or whatever your favorite burger toppings are. I like it just like this.

Top with the other half of the French bread and cut into serving sizes. A full loaf of French bread will serve 4, or 2 very hungry adults. My husband will eat a whole half sandwich, and so will I if I am really hungry! Serve with a side of chips, some pickle spears, raw carrot sticks, or even a small side salad if you like. Fast, easy, delicious. What more could you ask for on a busy night?

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Recipe: Yummy Loose Meat Hamburger Sandwich

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep/Cook time: 20 min | Yield: 2 to 4 servings

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 loaf French bread or 1 package rolls (like King's Hawaiian)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons Creole, Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup beef stock (try lower sodium here)
  • Chopped onion, chopped tomato and shredded lettuce, or optional toppings for garnish

Cook ground beef in a medium size skillet over medium heat. Split the French bread in half lengthwise and brush cut side of bread with the melted butter; grill or toast in a skillet. Brown the ground beef until cooked through, breaking up to a fine crumble. While meat is browning, in a separate small bowl, combine the ketchup, sweet pickle, mustard and pepper. Add the onion soup mix to the ketchup mixture and stir together well.

To the browned ground beef, stir in the beef stock and the ketchup mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until heated through well. Spread the meat mixture over the bottom half of the toasted French bread. Top with chopped onion, tomato and shredded lettuce, or other toppings as desired. Top with other half of the toasted French bread and cut into serving slices. Serves 4, or 2 really hungry adults.

Cook's Note: I use sweet pickle relish because they are my preference on burgers - I like bread and butter or Wickles. Feel free to substitute dill pickles if that is your preference. Some brands of beef broths and stocks can be pretty high in sodium, and in combination with the packaged onion soup mix, might be more salt than you like. A lower sodium broth would help to decrease that. To toast bread in the oven, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the bread into the preheated oven for about 5 minutes per side, cut side up first then down, until lightly toasted and crunchy.

Yummy Loose Meat Pizza Sandwich: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare as above (I like half beef and half sausage) except in place of the beef stock and ketchup mixture, substitute one 8-ounce pizza sauce. Layer sandwich with meat sauce and any cooked toppings you like - onions, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, ham - and finish with 2 cups shredded mozzarella. Wrap sandwich in heavy duty aluminum foil and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes to warm through and melt cheese. Serve immediately. May also use sandwich rolls or individual sub rolls.


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  1. That is a really nice change of a sandwich. Umm that looks so awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I always need new ground beef recipes.

  2. You're welcome! It's really good. Hubs loves it and has no idea he is eating pickles or mustard LOL.

  3. That really looks good. I bet my husband would like it too. Kinda like a sloppy joe a little?

  4. yummy! I love anything with fresh tomatoes on it.

  5. That looks great! I've never had anything like that here in New Jersey or even in New York. Closest I've seen is a Sloppy Joe. This looks so tasty! I love that you put pickles in it! I'd probably use kosher dills because those are my favorite.

  6. Hi ladies! Thanks!! Well, the only thing that makes this sandwich like a sloppy joe is that the texture is similar with the loose meat. The flavor is totally different. It tastes like you are eating a hamburger with mustard, pickle and ketchup except that the flavors are intertwined with the meat, and then of course you have the fresh onion, tomato and lettuce on top. It's really tasty, different and my hubs absolutely raves over it - and he doesn't even eat pickles or mustard on his burger! Sssshhh lol....

  7. I tried Katie Joel's burger recipe (think "Diner Style") and it's become a favorite. I can easily see the same thing happening with this recipe. Yum!

  8. I'm not familiar with that one - will have to look it up!

  9. This is an absolutely wonderful and simple recipe! My whole entire family loved it!

  10. This sounds so great! Can't wait to try it.

  11. Tried these hamburger sandwiches the other night and we loved them! Found that it was easier and less messy to cook than hamburgers. Thanks for the great idea, Mary:)

    1. You're welcome Val! It's something a little different every once in awhile & you're right ... it's easier than burgers.

  12. I made this for dinner earlier, I been wanting something different lately.. So I came upon this and I'll tell ya, I would def recommend this to try. My two yr daughter enjoyed this as well. Love it(:

  13. This has become one of our favorite meals to make with ground beef. It's so quick and easy, and nobody who's tried it doesn't love it. My daughter won't eat sloppy joes, but loves this. When I'm out of the dry onion soup mix, I have substituted chopped onion (cooked with the meat) and added a beef boullion cube and of splash of worstershire with the beef broth. If I'm out of beef broth, I add an extra boullion cube and water. It's always good and gone quickly. I haven't tried freezing the meat, it doesn't stay around long enough, but I suspect it would freeze well.

    1. Thanks so much Lynn - I really appreciate your feedback & so happy to hear your family has enjoyed this recipe.

  14. Anyone try this with dill pickles? My husband doesn't like sweet--although there doesn't seem to be enough to overpower the dish--Thanks in advance

    1. Any pickle you like would be fine! It's just there to add that tangy flavor so use what your family likes best!!

  15. Tried it - loved it. Easy, quick, delicious, and economical - what more could you ask for? The next batch will be a double so I can freeze some. Thanks for a keeper.

  16. Substituted carmalized onions for soup mix. Added wousterhire sauce and used dill instead of sweet--came out great.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it & great sub with the caramelized onions too!

  17. Another great recipe Mary. I haven't tried it yet but will soon. I'm always looking for new ground beef recipes but I've never liked sloppy joe's. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Mary, I Love these. I like your variations and seasonings. There was nothing like this where I came from, NYC/Long Island. In the mid 70’s, I was an over the road, owner/operator (trucker). I brought the idea for these back from my many trips to the deep south; which I loved so dearly and is the reason I now call SC home. With the exception of my sister, they were not well received by my family. They were still stuck on White Castle, Yuck! Shrimp Po’ Boys, however, was another story. Everybody loved them.
    You had mentioned using a potato masher to break up the meat. I used to use that decades ago, but found that it damaged the meat and changed its texture. As an old pro, I’m not into a lot of kitchen gadgets. However, those 5 bladed meat chopper thingies, that you recommended, are absolutely phenomenal. They, especially, make the best sausage crumble for my homemade sausage gravy. Again, many thanks. Have a great day. God bless.

    1. Hi Chris! Hope all is well.

      Yes I love my chopper too! Those things are great kitchen tools aren't they? I wrote this post back in 2009 though, and didn't have one then, but that potato masher did the job and was much easier than the back of a spoon.


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