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.
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 or a meat chopper {affil link} 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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