My mom first introduced me to the original of this ground beef recipe, called “Iowa Loose-Meat Sandwiches,” which supposedly comes from premiere chef Mario Batali. I’ve revamped it to make it much healthier, primarily by using much leaner, organic ground beef. It has unique flavors and functions like a sloppy Joe–with just a smidge of added sugars. For a low-starch option serve on low-carb bread or mix with cauliflower rice. This also makes a great weight loss recipe you can batch cook because the extra servings freeze well. Contact me for help with your weight loss coaching needs, and I’ll help you with meal planning, too!

Serves 8

Loose Ground Beef Sandwich Ingredients

2 lb organic ground beef (93% lean)

1/2 medium sweet onion, diced

1 cup low-sodium or no-salt added chicken broth

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

Whole wheat hamburger buns or whole grain bread slices

Optional toppings: Dill pickle slices, tomato slices, yellow mustard

Loose Ground Beef Sandwich Directions

  1. Heat a very small amount of olive oil in a very large skillet on medium-high. Saute the ground beef and onion until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is translucent. Drain.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the liquid has evaporated, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Pile a serving of meat between two bun halves or bread slices, and add optional toppings.  
    loose ground beef sandwiches
    loose ground beef sandwiches