What exactly is Wisconsin’s so-called “cannibal sandwich”

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“Our dirty little secret is out,”

said Anna Altschwager, assistant director of guest experience at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Wisconsin residents are being urged by health officials to pass on eating a traditional holiday dish this year to avoid getting sick.


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A “cannibal sandwich,” thought of as a holiday favorite in the state of Wisconsin, includes raw ground beef on bread with sliced onions, salt and pepper.
Ground beef should always be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, health authorities added.

Hundreds of people in the Midwest who are sickened after eating cannibal sandwiches” each holiday season, the US Department of Agriculture said in a blog post in 2018.

There have been eight raw meat-related outbreaks in Wisconsin since the mid-1980s, including a salmonella outbreak affecting over 150 people in December 1994, according to the Wisconsin DHS website.
“It is important to know that eating these types of foods is not without risks,” the website states.