Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Maid-Rite Copycat (Loose Meat Sandwiches)

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2014/04/maid-rite-copycat-loose-meat-sandwiches-recipe.html


The classic Maid-Rite is a loose meat sandwich made with perfectly seasoned, tender slow-cooked ground beef served on a warm slightly sweetened bun. We have tried to replicate it for years and at long last, we have the perfect crock pot recipe and it is one to keep!  If you have never tried one, run (do not walk) to your kitchen and make this!

A few years ago Chad and I traveled to Iowa for his high school reunion.  It was a much anticipated trip.  I have wanted to see Iowa for years, not just for the corn (although I would fly out just for that).  Ever since I first met him he had spoke of his favorite places in Cedar Rapids, so we had a long list of things to see and do.  Visiting a Maid-Rite restaurant was at the top of the list.

I remember hearing all about Maid-Rite's in just about every conversation about Iowa for as long as I have know him.  Interestingly, Maid-Rite has been an Iowa tradition since 1926 (and a mid-west staple for many years).  A Maid-Rite is a loose meat sandwich made with perfectly seasoned tender slow cooked ground beef served on a warm bun.

First of all, it is definitely NOT a sloppy joe.  It is an unformed burger, featuring beef slow cooked in seasoning liquid leaving you with the most tender seasoned beef.  Simply served on a warm slightly sweet bun.  It is the most spectacular simple sandwich you will ever sink your teeth into.  Truth be told, I didn't 'get it' until I had my first sandwich.

Many family members have tried to replicate the magic that is the Maid-Rite.  Many have failed.  My father-in-law like the rest of Chad's family, grew up on Maid-Rite's Loose Meat Sandwiches and a few months back he informed my husband that at long last, he had a recipe that was the best Maid-Rite he had ever eaten, perhaps better than the original.

I was so excited to get to work on the recipe. A few tweaks here and there and Chad was over the moon!  SCORE.  The sandwich starts with lean ground beef, slow cooked in a mixture of onion, beef and chicken broth with vinegar, brown sugar and a hand full of other flavorful ingredients that are cooked in a crock pot, tenderizing the meat and infusing the flavors from the broth right into the beef.

Scoop your beef onto a warm bun and you have a Maid-Rite even better that the original.  Customize your sandwich by choosing your toppings.  I am a cheese gal, so I love cheddar cheese, onion, pickle and ketchup on mine. I realize that ketchup was not traditionally served with a Maid-Rite until recently, but I am a rebel like that!

Use you imagination and custom create your own favorite!  Maid-Rite's and sweet corn are the plan for our party.  Perfect combo.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe
SERVES 8-12  |  ACTIVE TIME 10 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 4 Hours 10 Minutes

Recipe adapted from Grandpa Jerry

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon low sodium beef base (or a bouillon cube)
1 teaspoon low sodium chicken base (or a bouillon cube)
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 pounds lean ground beef, uncooked
8 hamburger buns
Optional toppings:  cheese, ketchup, pickles, onions, mustard

Set slow cooker to high.  Add all ingredients (except beef).  Stir to combine. Add beef and stir until all combined and beef is completely coated.

Cover and cook for 1 hour.  Stir occasionally to break up ground beef.  Uncover after 1 hour of cook time.  Continue cooking on high for 2 ½ - 3 hours (with the lid off), until most of the liquid has cooked off.  Continue to stir occasionally and break up any chunks of beef.

Using a slotted spoon, serve a heaping spoonful on a warm bun and load it up with your favorite toppings.  We love cheese, ketchup and pickles!

Serve and enjoy!


Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 4/25/14

111 comments:

  1. Do you put your ground beef in raw or cooked into the crockpot???

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    1. The ground beef goes in the crockpot uncooked.

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    2. Donna , can you cook this on the stove ??

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    3. Absolutely. Just be careful to make sure that the meat cooks for a long time, as it cooks it becomes this glorious creation that can not be achieved quickly. Lower the temp to medium and watch your cook time. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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    4. We didn't have these where I grew up, but with all the rave reviews I just had to give it a go. I followed the recipe faithfully, right down to steaming the buns. I made steak fries and black cows for a fast-food nite at home. And it was tasty, but you know what? At the end of the day - it's still just hamburger! I've been cooking for about 50 yrs and I feel rather silly...it's hamburger. Long slow cooking does not transform it into anything, it's not like a brisket or pot roast. I would make this again -over a low flame on the stove. Not for hours and no crockpot needed IMO.

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    5. I enjoyed your take on this because that's exactly what I've thought. I had never heard of Maid Rite until I moved to Kansas with my Iowa raised husband about 15 years ago. So I had to see what all the fuss was about. And my take was very much like yours. It's hamburger. It's good but...it's hamburger. We've even been to a Maid Rite restaurant and I wasn't impressed. Good but not great.

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    6. You are not supposed to put ketchup on a Maid-Rite...just mustard and pickles.

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    7. Obviously, Anonymous who is not impressed with a Maid-Rite, you have never been to the Maid Rite in Cedar Falls, IA. They are excellent and people come from miles around to get them...and people who live in other states, head for the Maid Rite first thing when they are back in CF.

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    8. This sounds interesting,But its not a Maid-Rite. The entire secret is that the meat is STEAMED. Very little ingrediants. Onion powder, black pepper, and chicken broth. Thats it.

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    9. Even easier, Take 3 tablespoons of dark molasses. Dissolve a beef bullion cube in a cup of water. Add the molasses and stir well. you can store the mixture for a few weeks in refrigerator if sealed. Take your ground beef and if you have a good stainless steal pan, use it to steam your ground beef. If you use 3 pounds of beef use 1/2 cup of the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Catsup has always been a NO NO on a maid-rite

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  2. Do you add the ground beef to the crock pot raw or browned?

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    1. The ground beef goes in uncooked and will cook in the crockpot. Enjoy.,

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  3. I've always wanted to try out a recipe for Maid Rite sandwiches - thank you!

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  4. After cooking for 1 hr. and uncovering the crock pot, do you leave the cover off for the next 2.5-3 hours of cooking time?

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    1. Yes Mary, that is correct. Leaving the lid off will help the liquid escape. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  5. The ingredients make this sound like it would be so tasty. Pinning another one of you great recipes!

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  6. I literally have a Maid-Rite one block from my house but I can't wait to try this.

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  7. Here in Alberta, Canada we've never heard of this but I had all the ingredients PLUS we had another snowy spring day so I figured it was a good day to haul out the slow cooker. OMG!!! We JUST devoured this! Delicious. Thank you.

    Kate from Alberta

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  8. Never heard of this type of meat sandwich before, my husband would love this.

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  9. I grew up with a Maid-Rite in my small Iowa hometown...still love to go there! These are staple sandwiches in the Mid-west, you did a great job describing them!

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  10. They are also called Sloppy Joes if you don't happen to have a Maid-Rite in your town or area. My mother made them all the time. Roseanne Barr also made them famous when she opened a loose meat sandwich business on her sit com show "Roseanne" many years ago that was set in Iowa but just called loose meat, not any specific brand name restaurant.

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    1. No, Sloppy Joes uses tomato sauce and usually green peppers or chili powder..... maid-rites are a completely different flavor!

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    2. These are similar to sloppy joes, as they are both made of ground beef and served on a bun. However that is where the similarity ends. Sloppy joes are made with a tomato based sauce and as mentioned above many times have mix ins like peppers. Enjoy and you can make these at home. Enjoy!

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    3. Rosanne was set in Illinois.

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    4. Yes, Roseanne was set in Illinois, but if you remember, the way their loose meat sandwich business started was that Aunt Jackie brought some back from Iowa on one of her trucking trips and they decided it would be a novel thing for the area.

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    5. Yes, Roseanne was set in Illinois, but if you recall, the story was that Aunt Jackie brought back some loose meat sandwiches from one of her trucking trips into Iowa. Everyone enjoyed it and thought it would be a novel business for the area.

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    6. FYI...The original "loose meat" sandwich was first served up at "The Canteen" in Ottumwa, Iowa. Roseanne Barr's ex-husband, Tom Arnold was born & raised in Ottumwa, IA. Rumor has it... the loose meat made at "The Canteen" has 7-up soda in it for the sweetener. The Canteen is still open today and is located at 112 E. 2nd St. in Ottumwa, IA. They are similar in taste to "The Maid Rite" sandwich.

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    7. The Maidrites were already famous before Roseanne met Tom. Roseanne only copied them for her show. There was no sugar in the Maidrite and you have way too many ingredients in them. Sorry close but no cigar! My neighbor in southern Iowa owned the Maidrite franchise.

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    8. Actually the original Maid-Rite was and still is, in Springfield Illinois. Its the oldest drive-thru in the US too, serving since 1921. The secret ingredient is root beer syrup (not root beer itself). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maid-Rite_Sandwich_Shop_(Springfield,_Illinois)

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    9. The original was in Muscatine Iowa. The one in Springfield was only an early one.

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    10. AnonymousMarch 25, 2015 at 1:33 PM:Fist madein 1920 by Carroll Dietz of Missoula, Montana, and imitated in 1934 by Abraham Kaled at Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City, Iowa.It is the latter location that gave the sandwich its name.in 1926 under the name "loose meat," predating the name "tavern sandwich".In Illinois, this sandwich is also known as a loose hamburger sandwich.

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  11. The original rule is NO KETCHUP! Otherwise you may have nailed it! The original Taylor's Maid-Rite in Marshalltown Iowa will NEVER put ketchup out to DESTROY their sandwiches!

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    1. Very true. But everyone has their own preference. The Maid Rite that we visited in Cedar Rapids has ketchup on the counter. Actually legend says that the reason there was never ketchup on the counter is because it was being stolen by hobos in the wintertime to make tomato soup, so they stopped putting it on the counter. Who knows. Either way. Enjoy!

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    2. I agree, grew up in Iowa eating these. Use ketchup if you must, but then do not call it a Maid-Rite! A travesty!

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    3. Right!! I've been to Taylor's in Marshalltown and ketchup is a BIG no no!! One of the best sandwiches ever!!

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  12. Maid Rites shouldn't be confused with a Sloppy Joes. Sloppy Joes are made using some type of tomato sauce.

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    1. Very true! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy.

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  13. I grew up eating these crumbled burger sandwiches in Boone and Ames Iowa. I have always suspected that two of the secret ingredients are plain old dry mustard and msg. They are the best sandwiches on the planet! No tomato sauce though, no chili powder - sloppy joe's are nothing like a Maid-Rite.

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    1. You are so right. Definitely not a sloppy joe. Same idea of ground beef on a bun, but that is where the similarity ends.

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  14. Cant wait to try this, I left Iowa a long time ago and every time I go home to visit I try and visit Maid Rites.... I took my fiance who is southern thru and thru.. I introduced him to Maid Rite 3 years ago...

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  15. Can you substitute red wine vinegar for the apple cider vinegar?

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    1. You can alter the recipe, but it will change the taste. It will still be delicious. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  16. Can you substitute red wine vinegar for the apple cider vinegar?

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  17. I'm looking forward to trying this...I'm from PA...never heard of it, but it looks good.

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  18. when you cook the beef raw, what about the grease? does it cook down?

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    1. It will cook down. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  19. I'm planning to have them for a picnic for about 75 people. Can I just multiply the ingredients x people being served or would there be adjustments?

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    1. You may have to adjust the cook time, liquid and time cooking with cover off. Other than that the ingredients would be the same. Let us know how it goes and enjoy!

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  20. Any ideas on how to adapt this recipe for a pressure cooker ?

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    1. Honestly, I have no idea. We make these in a crockpot. Let me know if you come up with something so ours readers will know. Enjoy!

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  21. my ex husband is from Illinois by Iowa border. in his town there is a maid rite. they come made with yellow mustard on them. I was leery at first but liked them right away. I still make them sometimes.

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  22. My dad used to call these "road kill sandwiches" as a joke. When I first made these for my husband (who is from LA), he thought I was nuts... And then he ate 6 of them!

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  23. Well, I did it... per the instructions above. Hate to say it, but this isn't a Maid Rite. So, still searching for the recipe. It has to be simple: they're just not that complex. I found a much simpler recipe on cooks.com (called Original Maid Rite, let's hope it's true). I'll try that one after I've finished my 3 pounds from this recipe. Thanks for trying, though.

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    1. 1 can of root beer + onion + ground beef = Original Maid Rite

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    2. Is this by fact? It sounds more convincing that a busy restaurant would use simple ingredients to supply demand. 3# ground beef?

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  24. What rolls do you use?

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    1. A Kings Hawaiian bun or a regular hamburger bun would be delicious.

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  25. You could also add shredded cabbage and make it like a Runza except it's on a bun. Runza is also a Midwestern staple (mainly in NE, though).

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  26. Oh My GOD... Perfect to make in the 18wheeler going down the road. Start it in grocery store parking lot. Rest Area hour down the road to stir, Dinner is served at 6... Outstanding. Thanks you...

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  27. Being from Ames, Iowa and growing up with Maid Rite sandwiches, I MUST try this recipe. I just made a different recipe that a fellow Iowan posted on Facebook and it doesn't even come close to the real deal. I will try this recipe and can't wait to taste it to get a little taste of Iowa again.

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    1. Hi Roz, I am trying this recipe today! Will let you know how it works out!

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    2. P.S Harry Oates family ran/owned the Maid-Rite in Ames.... but you probably knew that!

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  28. I'm from North Carolina, where Sloppy Joe's are what I grew up on and loved. They are totally different from these as mentioned above. With that said, I am always open to new foods and tastes! It sounds like these are much loved out west.

    Do you think it would work to cut the recipe in half? What adjustment would I need to make? Pinning it.

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  29. It would be helpful if everyone would try a recipe first and comment on it instead of just rushing to say "Looks good Ill try it!" Plus simple math works on food recipes just fine. If you reduce a recipe by half then therefore you would reduce the ingredients by half.

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    1. Yes! And why don't they come back then, and say something useful AFTER they do actually make the recipe??

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  30. The Maidrite made right doesn't have any sweet or sour in it. Skip the brown sugar, and the vinegar! Close but no cigar! My neighbor owned the franchise when I lived in southern Iowa.
    And for those of you claiming Rosanne made the Maidrite famous....Rosie copied it for her show. Maidrites were famous before Rosie ever was. I wouldn't patronize her restaurant after she and Tom left the contractors holding the bag on her "New" Ottumwa mansion. Sad.....a lot of people hurt by this....

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    1. so what is the recipe?

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  31. Is the meat HAMBURGER?

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  32. LOVE the TSRI :) Wondering if I could use ground turkey and how that might change the overall outcome??

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  33. Yes. The first thing I noticed in this recipe is the photo with ketchup on it. I'm from Iowa originally.
    I was told along time ago that Maid-Rites are meant to be served with mustard, no ketchup. Which is the way I like them. At the time, the owner told that only recently had they started putting ketchup out. I will be making this recipe tonight. I will have it with mustard. My wife with ketchup.

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  34. Donna, I have become enamored of your website in recent days and as such it's bookmarked and I read it often. I've made several of your recipes, to great acclaim by my family. You make me look really smart! Thanks for your meticulous instructions. Judging by the questions that ensue in the comments (especially of this recipe), you're not only a great cook but the most patient woman on the face of the earth. Anyway I'm making the Maid-Rites for dinner tonight and I've invited some family. We're all chuffed about it. Thanks for all you do! Bon Appetit and Love from Jenny the Pirate xoxo

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  35. Was so looking forward to this. Made it today and so disappointed, no flavour and I made it per recipe. I'm not a novice, have been cooking for over 50 years and people rave over my food. Sorry this was a miss! I will definitely have to doctor it up so hubby will eat and can't afford to throw all this meat away.

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  36. Have you ever tried the Maid-Rite from Greenville Ohio? Very similar with pepper

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  37. This is very bland. We don't like the sweet taste. I'll stick to regular hamburgers or Taco meat.

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  38. Sharon Clerc, WisconsinApril 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    I lived in Fairfield Iowa as a kid in the fifties and there was a diner there that served what they called "ZIP Burgers. For the last 50 years I've been craving one and trying to duplicate one. Your recipe has DONE it! I don't know if the owner of that diner copied his from MaidRite, but either way, I am so happy to finally be able to have that loose meat sandwich again. Much Thanks!!

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  39. Oh, and I forgot, I did add 1 1/2 teasp of cayenne pepper to make the Zip part.

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  40. I'm from Southeastern Iowa, and have lived in VA for a while. I crave these, and in the rare event I go home I have to have one. I'm beyond giddy to try this.

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  41. I grew up eating a similar sandwich called Nu Way in Wichita, Ks. and when I moved to Missouri, I was introduced to the Maid Rite and they are extremely similar, and both delicious! My simple, but almost exact recipe makes a smaller amount, but is right on! 1 lb. ground chuck, 1/4 cup onions, 1/8 c up A and W Root Beer, 1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce, 3/8 tsp Lawry's Seasoning Salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper. Brown meat until done and drain. Add remaining ingredients and steam until well done. Spread yellow mustard on both sides of bun and add 3 sliced pickles. Top with one scoop of meat mixture and one slice of yellow cheese. Wrap in waxed paper and microwave for 20 seconds. This will taste so much like the originals, that you will be amazed and they only take a few minutes to prepare! My family, friends always ask for my secret recipe!!

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    1. Hmm - that's confusing, but my comment below Rainy here was supposed to be in reply to yours of April 24. :)

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  42. If you ever go through Sioux City IA stop by Miles Inn and try a Charlie Boy Sandwich. It is a loose meat sandwich also and is very good. I was born and raised and we grew up on loose meat sandwiches. I'm trying this tomorrow for my Birthday, only missing he low sodium soy sauce so I'll use the full salt version. LOL Will give you my opinion after. Thank

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  43. I followed your clear directions for assembly, thank you for that! Next time I'm going to use your recipe also. I have to agree with a couple posts above that fast food chains (largely manned by high school students) would tend to use simple formulas with few ingredients.

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  44. Maid Rite restaurant in Greenville, Ohio has the best Maid Rite, even better than Iowa, and people come from all over just to get one. Their recipe is similar, but it is one of those "best kept secrets," and it is hard to duplicate. Many people have tried, but they can only come close.

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  45. An even easier way is 2 or 3 pounds of ground beef with some fat content, take 1/2 cup of water, dissolve a beef bullion cube in it, ad two tablespoons of dark molasses salt and pepper and after breaking up beef in a pan add the ;1/4 cup of the liquid. cook on a medium heat and continue to break up the beef. A hand held mixer works fine, After beef is fully cooked take a small strainer and fill with the loose meat, and push out the excess liquid , place on bun and add you own condiments. Store the remaining liquid in refridgerator for the next batch.

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  46. Columbia MO has a place called Mugs Up (https://www.mugsup.com/) that is a "drive-in" restaurant with car hops who take your order and bring it to you on a tray that you hang on a slightly opened car window. They serve zip burgers (exactly what your recipe is here), zip cheese burgers, fries, cheese fries, chili cheese fries, and floats (root beer is made in house) and served in a cold frosty mug. They've been in business for 51 years. Zip burgers are phenomenal and nothing better can be found in Columbia. I no longer live in Columbia and miss the zip burgers. Thanks tons for the recipe!!!

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  47. This post reminds me of the love we Midwesterners have for White Castle hamburgers. People who didn't grow up here hear all the hype and can't wait to try them - but don't relate at all. I have seen many copycat recipes for White Castle. Some are close, but never right-on. Nothing is ever as good as the real deal. Maybe the packaging has something to do with it. Memories of our youth are very exact. We not only want the taste but also the experience. Copycat recipes can't do that. But it's still fun trying to.

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  48. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. I am originally from Iowa and love a Maid Rite sandwich. Every time I go home I make sure to at least get 2 stops in before leaving. I have tried many recipes, but to no avail do they compare. (they are usually not even close). I'll try and remember to let you know how it goes. Thanks for a different recipe. Oh, and I usually just put mustard on mine:)

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  49. I received your recipe from a friend and having never prepared or tasted this before, I wondered if I could prepare this ahead of time so I could see how it tasted and then freeze the meat for use in about a week for guests. Thanks!

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  50. I made this exactly as the recipe says today. I also went to our local Maid-Rite and bought 2 plain maid rites to do a side by side comparison. While good, this is not the Maid Rite recipe. For one thing the meat comes out too dark (from the dark soy, Worchestershire or brown sugar I assume). As to the comments it has to be easy for the Maid Rites to be able to do it, the seasoning liquid comes to Franchisees from Corporate (I asked our Maid rite owner). So the quest goes on....

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    1. WHO CARES ! Make 'em the way you like 'em !!!!

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  51. WHO CARES!! Make them and eat them the way you like them !!

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  52. Made this for Xmas. Followed the recipe exactly except used some real onions and 5 lbs of hamburger. It came out perfectly and we all thought it tasted exactly like a maid rite. It was very easy. Thank you!

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  53. I was introduced to Maid Rite when we drove with some friends to Iowa and it was love at first bite. Unfortunately, the only ones anywhere near us closed down years before I discovered it. I don't know if I'd love them as much if they were more readily available, but I think I would. I've seen a number of copycat recipes and there are some variations. Looking at the ingredients here, I think this one sounds right. I'll definitely have to give it a try. Oh, and I'm not a fan of mustard. Maybe it's not "right", but I do love mine with ketchup and onions. I can't wait to give this recipe a try!

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  54. Any recommendation on fat to lean ratio for the beef?

    Thanks!

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  55. Just wanted you to know. We had a 50's Date night party at Central Baptist Church in Moline, IL. There used to be a lot of Maid rights in this neck of the woods. And while they have diminished over the years, we still have a hand full of them in the general area. So everone at the the party has probably eaten quite a few of them in their lifetimes. My wife got a ton of compliments using your recipe, along with rquests for the recipe. As far as I am concerned I need look no farther for the perfect Maid Rite recipe. Oh by the way. We had to name them Maid-Rong for this event, because we prined a full menu and what ever they ordered, they got a Maid-Rong. It was a blast. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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  56. We had a 50's date night at Central Baptist Church in Moline, IL. We had the fellowship hall decorated in a 50's style. Had a couple of places to have pictures taken.
    My wife got a ton of compliments using your recipe. She also got requests for your recipe, which we will print and give them (with your permission). We used to have quite a few Maid-Rites in this area. But it has dwindled down to a hand full. None the less, I assume most everyone at the event had eaten quite a few Maid-Rites in their lifetimes. Based on their response, they (as well as I) think it's the best copy cat recipe ever. By the way, we had to take poetic license and name them Maid-Wong's. The reason being, we printed out full menus and whatever they ordered off the menu they got Maid-Wong's and fries. It was a great time and your recipe made it a great success. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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  57. Hadn't heard of Maid-Rite before, but this was good. And so convenient! The little bit of sweet from the Kings Hawaiian bun was a good enhancement. Another keeper, thanks.

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    1. P.S. It's even better the second day after the flavors have blended more. Bob put cole slaw on of his & said that made it "gourmet". Thanks again.

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  58. The recipe I have for Maid Rites at home is:
    2 lbs hamburger
    1 large onion
    1 c. catsup
    1T vinegar
    Dash of dry mustard
    Salt and pepper

    Brown hamburger, drain. Brown onion and add other ingredients. Let simmer for 10 min. I'm not saying this one will taste better - it is just one my parents used (they grew up in southern Iowa) and doesn't use a slow cooker.

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    1. How fun! Thanks so much for sharing Karla. Where in Southern Iowa? I have been receiving emails all morning about going to Ottumwa Iowa to try the Canteen's Loose Meat Sandwiches. Your parent version sounds very tasty. Let me know if y'all give this one a try.

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  59. I don't think I heard of the loose meat sandwich until I heard and read about it because of the Rosanne show. I'd love to try it! My personal preference would be to add ketchup
    (I do this with meat loaf), mustard is okay but I'd like a little ketchup. Also, I doubt I would like a sweet Hawaiian roll with a savory sandwich. But if I ever find myself in Iowa or one of its neighbor's, I'd love to try one as intended!

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  60. It's sound delicious for both of us me and my son too WOW

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  61. I make these. My kids call it, homemade sloppy Joe's.

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  62. I've loved these for years and have tried to duplicate them. One guy said he used to work at a MR and the secret was root beer & soy sauce. Tried it and yuck. I mean, the meat was okay but definitely NOT a MR. Can't wait to try yours.

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  63. It's what's for dinner tonite.

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    1. Awesome. So, let us know how it went!

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  64. If you double the recipe, does it need extra time in the crock?

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    1. It would most likely need longer to cook. I would check it at the give time and keep an eye on it. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  65. Growing up I always thought these were great despite the love for them from my Dad and Grandma. Living on the East Coast now they are such a novelty. Passing this one along to the lovers.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Emily. Let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

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    2. As a Senior Iowan the legend was Marshalltown, Iowa, was home of the first Maid~Rite restaurant. We were told the BIG secret recipe only had ONE secret ingredient, chicken bouillon. Of course I tried that, and while good I believed there was more to the mystery than that! I am excited to try yours! I asked the owner WHY there was NO ketchup, only mustard? I was told the Hobos hopping off the train used to go in for the free ketchup, which they added to water to make tomato soup. Unless things have changed that restaurant was very small, and the few seats were needed for paying customers. I believe the tradition continues to this day. I used to put ketchup packets in my glove box, and eat my sandwich in the car, so as not to offend anyone! (Felt like desecration)! I have traveled all over our beautiful country, and can tell you truly there is nothing that comes close to a Maid~rite loose meat sandwich!! It is a yummy cuisine experience you won't forget!! I hope this adds a bit of flavor to your discussion. :)

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