Amish Wimpies Recipe: An Old-fashioned Loose Meat Sandwich From Pennsylvania by 30Seconds Food

Amish Wimpies Recipe: An Old-fashioned Loose Meat Sandwich From Pennsylvania

Loose meat sandwiches are nothing new. Cooking ground beef with sauces, vegetables and seasonings is done in one way or the other all across the world. Who knew that the Amish and others living in Pennsylvania had their own version of a sloppy joe: wimpies. Wimpies are a ground beef sandwich that's similar to traditional sloppy joes but without the tomato sauce.

This easy wimpies recipe is made with ground beef, onion, celery, green bell pepper, vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, ketchup (kind of like tomato sauce), Worcestershire sauce and prepared mustard. The ground beef is cooked with the vegetables until cooked through. The remaining ingredients are added and gently simmered on the stovetop. The flavorful ground beef is served on hamburger buns.

Serve this hearty ground beef sandwich for dinner with a salad and french fries, onion rings or tater tots. This recipe can easily be doubled for larger families. You could substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.

Cuisine: American 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped  
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 hamburger buns

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the ground beef, onion, celery and bell pepper in a skillet until cooked through. Drain fat. 
  2. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and water. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns. 

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Brown Sugar $2 & Up
Mustard $1 & Up
Ketchup $3 & Up
Vinegar $2 & Up
Hamburger Buns $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Oooh, sounds really good. Amish comfort food! #yum
Lucy Montgomery
This recipe is a home made BBQ sauce. My Mother made it and kept some in the refrigerator to have on hand for ribs, grilling, etc. Much more reasonable than store bought sauces.
Donna John
We agree! Fresh is always best.

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