Iowa Beef Burgers

Iowa Beef Burgers
Loose-Meat-Sandwich, Maid Rite, Beef Burger… whatever you want to call it, here is a simple recipe for my family’s version of the classic beef burger.

Worcestershire gives this recipe a classic flavor, so be sure to have it on hand before you start cooking! My quick recipe doesn’t involve a slow cooker (or call for soy sauce) but certainly may be held warm in one! Instructions for that will be in the notes under the recipe below.

Iowa Beef Burgers

Tomorrow I’ll be baking a very important cake, for a very important boy that I’d love to share it with but can’t. How does that song go? “If heaven wasn’t so far away… I’d pack up the kids and go for a day…” My nephew still holds a very prominent place in my memory, heart and spirit and I think of him so very often. This year, the kids will be decorating the cake and my daughter has chosen the exact cake/frosting combination, stop back by tomorrow or Friday and I will have the recipe here for you.

The cake will be complete if the sprinkles that my friend Brandi gave me don’t get eaten before we decorate. (I found my son hiding and eating them (lots of them) today as I was deep cleaning my neglected house. Hiding. Eating. Sprinkles. Let that sink in.)

He also got to see the chicks at my daughter’s school. Let me tell you, he was not impressed. Look at that hairy eyeball. Looks just like his Grandpa. As he leeeeeeeeeans back as far as possible to avoid the nearness of this sweet little chick.
No Chickens


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Quick Beef Burgers

This classic loose-meat-sandwich is made quickly and can be held over in a slow cooker for hours if needed! Use smaller buns to make the portion stretch a bit further.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Servings: 8 large sandwiches
Author: Cristen


  • 2 lbs ground beef 85/15 or lean (make sure it is thawed)
  • 2 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/3 cup dehydrated chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cube chicken boullion
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 King's Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls


  • In a large stock pot over medium high heat, add ground beef, seasoned salt, onion, Worcestershire and pepper. Cook until beef is broken up, browned and no longer pink. (Stir frequently.) Add boullion and broth. Stir together. Cook for 2 minutes more until juices are a bit thickened. Serve on hamburger buns.


To make ahead: Complete recipe as called for. To hold over in slow cooker, add 1 C of broth/water per hour you will have the meat on low in a slow cooker. Use a slotted spoon for serving that meat.
My favorite garnish for this is how you see it in the picture... ketchup and homemade dill pickles! Feel free to get creative and sautee up some mushrooms and onions, and throw a slice of provolone or swiss on top while piping hot. Or... one could add some bacon? Mmmmm.
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  • Reply kellieforag May 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t know what it is, but just the look of that sandwich makes my mouth water! Trying this for sure! :)

    • Reply Cristen May 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Kellie! I’m trying to come up with more recipes to celebrate May: Beef Month. I just adore all of the pictures of you and your calves. Go farm girl, go!

      • Reply kellieforag May 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

        :) I’ll be sharing some of my grandma’s recipes for beef month! Can’t wait to share!

  • Reply Aunt Colleen May 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Great recipe!

    • Reply Cristen May 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Aunt Colleen! I hope to see you soon. Sis

  • Reply Abigail May 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I searched online for a beef burger recipe that fed a crowd, and chose this one. Being a vegetarian, I asked my husband to try it. He took a bite and just stared at me. I paniced and asked what was missing. He said it was absolutely perfect, to not change a thing! Funny thing is, I got the same response from my father-in-law!! The beef burgers got rave reviews and I LOVE how delicious my home smells while cooking. It has that old fashioned food smell that reminds me of my great grandma’s house. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply Cristen May 31, 2019 at 9:58 am

      This makes my day Abigail! Thanks so much for your feedback. When I started this blog that was a goal of mine, to have someone say “that reminded me of Grandma’s kitchen” because I believe the memories we have from those experiences are some of the most special in life. Hugs!

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