Iowa has an “official” sandwich and its this guy:
Usually called a Maid Rite (as they are THE product staple of a chain of restaurants called Maid Rite) or sometimes just Loose meat or on occasion taverns. These are everything like a sloppy joe and nothing like it at the same time.
Mine is a little different than the “accepted” versions but I do prefer the taste I have developed. Officially ketchup is a big no-no but I like it, so it stays. Also be careful about adding salt to this dish, it can get incredibly salty very quickly.
1 pound ground beef2 cups hot water2 tablespoons dried minced onion (my preference) or 1/4 cup fresh minced onion2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion powder.