These maid rites are a copycat recipe for the popular Midwest loose meat sandwich. They're perfectly seasoned, super savory and absolutely delicious!Jump to Recipe
Growing up near Washington, Iowa, we had a small restaurant called Maid-Rite that my family and I would eat at on occasion. It's a chain of restaurants that is primarily in the Midwest (currently 31 Maid-Rite restaurants) and serves their famous loose meat sandwiches and French fries.
Their sandwiches were so simple, yet incredibly flavorful and satisfying. They remind me a little bit of a sloppy joe, but with seasonings rather than a sauce. What I remember most about the sandwiches is their savory flavor and their meaty yet juicy texture. I'd slap on a few dill pickles and a squirt of ketchup....absolute perfection!!!
What are Maid Rite sandwiches made of?
Though I can't say this is the "official" Maid Rite recipe, we'll call it "my version!" 🙂
- Ground Beef - I like to use lean ground beef.
- Onion - You can use or white onion or yellow onions for this.
- Beef Broth - There's some controversy about whether the actual recipe uses beef broth, beer or Coca Cola (or root beer?!)! Feel free to try any of these!
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Soy Sauce - I use low sodium soy sauce, but regular is fine too.
- Seasonings - Mustard (yellow mustard or mustard powder), garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Hamburger Buns & Condiments
How do you make Maid-Rite Sandwiches?
These sandwiches come together so quickly making them an easy dinner option on busy nights!!
First, you'll add the lean beef and diced onions into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally, breaking up the meat until browned.
Add the broth, Worchestershire sauce, soy sauce and seasonings, bring to a boil then turn down to low heat. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Serve on warm hamburger buns with your favorite toppings!
TIP! You can enjoy them right away to hold the meat on low in the Crock Pot until ready to enjoy!!
How should I top a Maid-Rite?
I think the best way to have a maid rite is on a white hamburger bun with ketchup and dill pickle slices! Yellow mustard and raw diced white onions are also great toppings! If you want to make it "Cheese Rites," add a slice of your choice of cheese on top of the meat!
What goes well with a loose meat sandwich?
- French fries
- Potato chips
- Sweet corn
- Lettuce salad
- Baked beans
- Macaroni salad
- Potato salad
- The options are endless!!
Frequently Asked Questions
Though they are sometimes confused, they are not the same thing. Sloppy joes typically have a seasoned tomato sauce whereas a maid-rite is seasoned, but doesn't have a sauce. Depending on where they're from, people also refer to these as tavern sandwiches, Big T sandwiches or simply a ground beef sandwich.
According to the restaurant's history page, a butcher and founder of the company (Fred Angell) had his deliveryman try his specialty sandwich in 1926. When the deliveryman tried it, his response was "this sandwich is made right!" Clearly Fred's sandwich creation skills were better than his spelling as he quickly termed his creation a "Maid Rite." 😉
Once the meat mixture is fully cooked, you can keep it warm in a slow cooker for several hours. This is an easy recipe to double or triple if making it for a crowd!
You can keep the meat in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer (in freezer-safe containers) for up to 2-3 months.