May Recipes

Slow-Cooker Loose Meat Sandwiches

A Slow Cooker Loose Meat Sandwich with a tiny Iowa flag stuck in the top bun
Hands On:
10 minutes
Total Time:
250 minutes


  • 1 lb 85% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp Hy-Vee packed brown sugar
  • 1 Hy-Vee beef bouillon cube
  • ½ cup white onion, finely chopped, plus additional for serving
  • ¼ cup Hy-Vee less sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Hy-Vee apple cider-flavored vinegar
  • 4 Hy-Vee Bakery hamburger buns, split
  • Hy-Vee hamburger dill pickle slices, for serving
  • Hy-Vee original yellow mustard, for serving
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Break ground beef into large pieces; add to a 4-to-6-quart slow cooker. Add water, brown sugar, and bouillon cube; stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours.
Stir in ½ cup onion, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours more.
To serve, place bun bottoms on 4 serving plates. Top with ground meat mixture, additional onion, dill pickle slices, yellow mustard, and bun tops.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Serves: 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 20g 26%
Saturated Fat: 7g
Trans Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 90mg 30%
Sodium: 780mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate: 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber: 2g 7%
Sugars: 17g 34%
Protein: 35g 70%

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