Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwiches

Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwiches are both sweet and savory. These sandwiches are quick and easy to make on a flattop, making them perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwich on a plate with a red and white checkered towel in the background.

Loose meat sandwiches were something I grew up eating. The sandwiches I grew up on were simply ground meat and onion cooked together and served on a hamburger bun with ketchup. This recipe takes loose meat burgers up a notch.

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What Is A Loose Meat Sandwich?

A loose meat sandwich is a type of burger in a sense. It is made from ground meat and diced onions served on a bun. But the meat is not formed into a patty instead it is left loose and crumbly.

Making loose meat sandwiches is actually easier than making burgers. We even find it quicker because the meat cooks evenly and faster than making patties and there is no time wasted making patties.

What Are The Ingredients For Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwiches?

This recipe for Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwiches uses a few ingredients.

  • Ground Pork.
  • White Onion.
  • Canned Crushed Pineapple.
  • Ketchup.
  • Soy Sauce.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Brown Sugar.
  • Paprika.
  • Garlic.
  • Onion Powder.
  • Salt and Pepper.
  • Hot Sauce.
  • Hamburger Buns.

Alternatives For these Sandwiches

The meat in this recipe is pork but other meats can be used to make these sandwiches. Ground beef, chicken or turkey can be substituted for the pork.

Fresh pineapple can be used instead of canned. It is best if it is crushed.

Another way to make these loose meat sandwiches is making them into sliders. We use King’s Hawaiian rolls as the buns.

Toppings For Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwiches

These sandwiches can be served as they are or with any toppings of your choice. Some of our favourites include:

  • Pineapple rings. We like to grill them before adding them to the top of the meat.
  • Cheese. Shredded cheese or slices are great on these sandwiches. Mozzarella is one of our favourites to add.
  • Lettuce. Shredded lettuce or a whole leaf of lettuce on top of the meat.
  • Tomato Slices.

What To Serve With Loose Meat Sandwiches

Serve these loose meat sandwiches with any sides dishes you would serve with burgers.

  • Fries. Regular French fries or sweet potato fries.
  • Garden salad.
  • Coleslaw.
  • Potato chips.

How To Make Loose Meat Sandwiches On the Griddle

Making loose meat sandwiches on the griddle is very easy. We actually find it easier than cooking it on a stove top. We cook these on our 2 burner, 22-inch Blackstone.

To make these sandwiches, use one side of the griddle to cook the meat with the onions, breaking it up as it cooks. The ground pork should be crumbly. Push the grease towards the grease trap as the meat cooks.

The other side of the griddle can be used to heat the sauce in a pan while the meat cooks. Then the sauce is poured over the cooked meat.

The buns can be toasted on the other side of the griddle while the sauce cooks down with the meat.

Do These Sandwiches Have To Be Made On A Griddle?

No they do not have to be cooked on a griddle. We find it quicker and easier to clean up.

But loose meat can also be cooked in a cast iron fry pan or any type of frying pan on the stove.

Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwich on a plate with a red and white checkered towel in the background.

Hawaiian Loose Meat Sandwiches

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 8 sandwiches


  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • 8 hamburger buns


  • 1 can crushed pineapple (398 ml)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)


  • Preheat Blackstone/Griddle to medium heat.
  • In a small sauce pan mix all sauce ingredients together and place it on the griddle off to the side to heat, stirring often.
  • Cook meat and onions on one side of the griddle, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks.
  • Once the meat is cooked through, slowly pour the sauce over the meat, mixing it all together.
  • Toast the buns on one side of the griddle while the sauce thickens on the meat.
  • Fill the buns with the meat and serve.
Keyword burgers, pork, sandwiches


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