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These maid rites are a copycat recipe for the popular Midwest loose meat sandwich. They’re perfectly seasoned, super savory and absolutely delicious!

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Maid rite sandwich with a little bowl of ketchup and a pile of French fries on the side.

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!!!

Ingredients needed to make loose ground beef sandwiches on a white background.

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.

Maid rites in a large skillet.

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!!

Maid rite sandwich with ketchup and pickles with a little bowl of ketchup and a pile of French fries on the side.

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? 

A maid rite sandwich on a white plate with crinkle cut French fries.

​Frequently Asked Questions

Are Maid Rites and Sloppy Joes the same thing?

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.

Why is it called a Maid Rite?

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.”  😉

Can I make these in the slow cooker?

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!

How should I store leftovers?

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.

A loose meat sandwich served with French fries in a metal basket.

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Maid rite sandwich with a little bowl of ketchup and a pile of French fries on the side.
5 from 2 votes

Maid Rites

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
6 sandwiches
These maid rites are a copycat recipe for the popular Midwest loose meat sandwich. They're perfectly seasoned, super savory and absolutely delicious!


  • One skillet


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard or 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • toppings, such as ketchup, pickles, raw onions, etc.


  • Brown the ground beef and onions in a skillet; drain the excess grease.
  • Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, yellow mustard and seasonings.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the burner to low and let it simmer for 10-15 mintues.
  • Serve the loose meat on hamburger buns with condiments, if desired.


Nutrition information for this recipe is calculated with the hamburger buns, but without any condiments.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 24.8g | Fat: 14.8g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.1g | Trans Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 65.8mg | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 4.3g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had the pleasure of eating a Maid Rite last fall and was surprised how absolutely delicious it was. This is a great version!

  2. Janet Brook says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect! I live right near a Maid Rite. This is a perfect copy! BUT BETTER! I no longer have to go there to enjoy a crumbled burger. I served the crumble mix on a good quality hamburger bun with ketchup and oval vlasic pickles. Fries in the side and gravy from the mix put on top of the fries. Or you can serve the gravy as a dip for the fries. For the veggie side, I did broccoli with a light cheese sauce. Thanks for posting! I look forward to using more recipes from this site.