Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

Classic Maid-Rite tavern sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat) with tender pressure cooked ground beef are only 15 minutes away.
Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Today I  am sharing my recipe for loosemeat sandwich meat  made quickly in the instant pot.

I have previously shared a recipe that is done on the stovetop, but it takes longer and this is now my preferred method.

Iowa Loosemeat Sandwiches

So   if you don’t have a pressure cooker,  you can still make them that way. The pressure cooker cuts way down on the time, which you do need to cook this a bit to get the right texture on the meat.

I had first tried the Loosemeat sandwiches at one of the few Maid-Rite places in Ohio (at least  near me- or  should I say, near enough), which is up in Greenville. We’d stopped there after finding out they had them. I had made them by someone’s recipe before that but wanted to taste the actual  thing for reference. From there I could make my own preferred changes.

And their version did  taste different from what I tried earlier, so I started from  scratch, using my ideas and what I could see of them doing and what I thought they might be doing that I couldn’t see.

Of course, I thought  they used a pressure cooker, but I didn’t have one  for the recipe above, so slow simmered it.

But the instant  pot makes quick work of it.

If you haven’t had one  of these, it is like  a sloppy joe, except not bbq- more like an old-fashioned  burger. It has a tender character, like a White Castle.

Not much is added to it- onion, mustard, maybe a pickle, but no ketchup. But hey, I am not the police if you want to add that or if that’s what your kids want. I also think this would work out well served on squishy white bread instead of buns, because the buns should be pretty soft.

Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

I am really happy to be able to  make these at home now.

Not that I didn’t enjoy  the drive up to Greenville.  It makes for a nice day dropping in  to various antique shops.   Plus there was a very nice lady who grows dried  flowers not  too far  from there that I always liked to drop by and get a box full- things like sinuata statice, dried cockscomb and sweet annie. In  the late summer and early autumn  those make for nice crafting and floral arranging.

Certainly works up enough appetite, that even if you did drop in to a Maid-Rite, by the time you got back home you’d be hungry again, so in about 15 minutes flat…YUM!

Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 ounce envelope Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Hamburger buns
  • yellow mustard
  • sliced dill pickles
  • minced onion
  • American cheese slices


  1. Saute the beef in the instant pot with the seasonings until browned.
  2. Turn Instant Pot off.
  3. Add the chicken broth and set the vent closed.
  4. Run on the manual pressure cooker setting for 10 minutes.
  5. Open the valve and allow all the steam to vent off before removing lid.
  6. Drain the loosemeat with a slotted spoon and serve on buns with mustard, pickle slices, minced onion, and American cheese.

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Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

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  2. if i double the amount of beef do i also double the 10 min cook time? my husband is an iowan and id love to impress him!

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