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Loose-meat Sandwiches

What other restaurant can you think of that serves its sandwich with a spoon? The Tendermaid sandwich is more like a sloppy joe than any burger: ground beef – not saucy – served in a steamed bun. You’re welcome to order it with cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions, too. It’s a simple concept that has stood the test of time, if the restaurant’s retro look is anything to go by. Do stop in to try this unique sandwich next time you’re in Austin Minnesota, the Spam capital. 

It’s back to school time so this easy dinner is a real time saver. Enjoy my version of a Tendermaid Sandwich! 

Loose-meat Sandwiches

Serves 4-5

  • 1 lb. 85/15 ground beef (could use 80/20 – just not super lean)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 beef bullion cube
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pepper 
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons steak sauce
  • 4-5 hamburger buns
  • Optional: American cheese, pickles, fried onions, ketchup, & mustard

Meat: Sauté beef and onions until cooked then drain and return to pan. Add the rest of the ingredients then simmer for 30 minutes.

Steamed Buns: Start a little water boiling in a double boiler or Chinese bamboo steamer and put the buns in the top part with no water for about 20 seconds. That’s all they need. Or take a sheet of paper towel and lightly sprinkle it with water until about 20% of it is wet. Wrap the buns in the moistened paper, and microwave for about 10 seconds.

Serve: Scoop onto buns & serve with condiments of your choosing. And don’t forget to eat with a spoon.



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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