Friday, August 3, 2018

Maid-Rite Copycat (Loose Meat Sandwiches) NEW VIDEO

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!

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




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!

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Helpful Tips to make Maid-Rite Copycat:

  • Maid Rite is traditionally served with mustard, but I am not one to follow the pack. Try it with ketchup and pickles or your favorite topping.

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    Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

    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!
    prep time: 10 minscook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 10 mins

    Ingredients

    • 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

    Instructions

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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!
    4. Serve and enjoy!


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    181 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.

        Enjoy!

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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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      10. There's supposed to be some Maid-Rite establishments in Texas.

        But last night, after reading about 20 recipes for so-called "original Maid-Rite" recipes on the internet, I came up with this.

        In a crock pot set on low overnight with the vent open (if it has a vent):

        3 lbs 85% lean hamburger
        3 TBSP Worcestershire (Lea & Perrins)
        3 TBSP Kikkoman regular Soy Sauce
        1/2 tsp sweet paprika
        1/4 C Apple cider vinegar
        1 C Swanson's Chicken Broth
        2 small yellow onions, finely diced
        1/2 of a 12oz can Coca-cola
        1/2 tsp Salt
        1/4 tsp Black Pepper

        Serve using a slotted spoon on hamburger bun with chopped onion, yellow mustard and dill pickle slices. Ketchup is optional.

        After all these years, this actually did taste like the real thing!

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      11. There's supposed to be some Maid-Rite establishments in Texas.

        But last night, after reading about 20 recipes for so-called "original Maid-Rite" recipes on the internet, I came up with this.

        In a crock pot set on low overnight with the vent open (if it has a vent):

        3 lbs 85% lean hamburger
        3 TBSP Worcestershire (Lea & Perrins)
        3 TBSP Kikkoman regular Soy Sauce
        1/2 tsp sweet paprika
        1/4 C Apple cider vinegar
        1 C Swanson's Chicken Broth
        2 small yellow onions, finely diced
        1/2 of a 12oz can Coca-cola
        1/2 tsp Salt
        1/4 tsp Black Pepper

        Serve using a slotted spoon on hamburger bun with chopped onion, yellow mustard and dill pickle slices. Ketchup is optional.

        After all these years, this actually did taste like the real thing!

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      12. Both TSRI's and Michael Young's recipes look fantastic and based on the ingredients I can tell will taste excellent. I'll be making both versions but on different weekends. Many places have a unique sandwich or dish that is special to locals and I love trying out all of them. My thanks to both of you :)

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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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      2. Seems like it would be very greasy.

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      3. I partially cook off my ground beef so I can drain any excessive grease. I also buy quality hamburger.

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      4. You should be using a 95/5 or 90/10 ground beef, the leaner the better and never drain and there is no brown sugar or ketchup in or on a maid rite. Loose the sugar, Vinegar and soy sauce add a splash of rootbeer and you have a very very close version to the original

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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 *Maidrite* may have been in Muscatine, but the original *loose meat sandwich* was made at The Canteen in Ottumwa, as pointed out above.

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      12. Judith they were never called sloppy joes; you might describe them as being like a sloppy joe without the sauce or peppers. But that's about it. There is NEVER ketchup on or in a maid rite. Also no brown sugar or soy sauce. The sweetness comes from the homemade rootbeer syrup. All wrong the original "Loose Meat" was a recipe that belonged to Luella Knippenburg of Illinois, her husband opened the Original Loose meat sandwich shop in Springfield IL in 1921. They opened the Original Maid Rite sandwich shop and drive thru in Springfield, IL in 1924. It is also listed in the National Historic registry.

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      13. In Washington, DC back in the 1960's at the Hot Shoppe they were called loose meat sandwichs and were served with cole slaw on top. Very good, I still make them and serve with the cole slaw on top instead of the mustard and pickle.

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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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      4. My Dad worked at Taylor's when he was in high school.
        It was our favorite place to go when we visited Marshalltown!
        The recipe is "top secret"...but everyone knows there is NO ketchup

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      5. UGH...They have ketchup on the counter at Taylor's now !

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      6. Yes for your french fries!

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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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      2. I agree, try before you comment, would be very helpful.
        I differ, cutting a recipe in half, usually requires cutting the ingredients a little more than half. I'm not certain why, but trial and error has proven this to be true.
        Have an awesome cooking adventure!

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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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      1. We lived in Muscatine until just before I started 6th grade and we got Maid-Rites there a lot. Fred Angell created the Maid-Rite in Muscatine in 1926. About the ketchup, Mom and Dad would say, "Ketchup on a Maid-Rite? You DON"T put ketchup on a Maid-Rite!"

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      2. I was born and than lived in Muscatine, IA until we moved right before I went into 6th grade. We got them a lot when we lived there. Fred Angell created the Maid-Rite back in 1926 in Muscatine. As far as the ketchup goes, my Mom and Dad would say, "Ketchup on a Maid-Rite? You DON"T put ketchup on a Maid-Rite!" The Maid-Rite mix that the Maid-Rite restaurants use now is a packaged thing they get from corporate which is different than the earlier days when each restaurant would make the mix themselves.

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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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      1. Yes! And yum! Just don't put your hands on the wall!

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      2. Maid-Rite in Greenville, Ohio is the one I know and it is SO good! Love "the wall", but definitely won't put my hands on it. LOL. This recipe doesn't sound like the same Maid-Rite from Greenville (I know, this one mimics the one in Iowa). Now I have to see if I can find a recipe that sounds more like Greenville's recipe. And NO Ketchup. That's a travesty. :)

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      3. I was wondering when someone was going to mention Greenville! I honestly had no clue they were so popular out west! lol. Personally I like Crabills better than Maid Rights.

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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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      1. I lived in Fairfield in the 50's. I am Larry roach and love maid rites. I graduated from fhs in 56

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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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      1. That is a big 10-4 I grew up in Ansonia which is about 8 miles north of Greenville and every Sat. my dad would head for the Maid Rite and he would bring home a very large sack of Maid Rites. The Maid Rite has been in Greenville,Ohio for as long as I can remember and I am 79 years old and I was always told they were steamed with vapor from beer being boiled, but as you said the recipe was always a best kept secret, and if you get to Greenville and go to the Maid Rite drive through you will see the wall up to the order window is covered with chewing gum, it has been that way for years...

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      2. I also grew up in Greenville, loving our Maid Rite sandwiches and the wall (now all the walls and some gum even higher up! Living in the Rocky Mountain west for a long time, we once stopped in the Maid-Rite at the BIG I-80 Stop in Iowa on our way to visit Greenville. The Maid-Rite sandwiches there were NOTHING like the ones in Greenville--no comparison. This month I will be in Greenville for a reunion and on schedule is a lunch at the Maid Rite--they now have a canopy with picnic tables for all the groups who plan to have a gathering there.

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      3. there is beer in the maid rite sandwich in greenville love there sandwich and you can only come close but will never be as good as going there

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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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      1. Near the beginning of the comments, TSRI explained that it was best to use 95/5 or 90/10 ground beef.

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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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      2. Rosanne show loose meat restaurant was modeled after the Canteen Lunch in Ottumwa, which has been in existence since 1927. Rosanne was married to Tom Arnold of Ottumwa who took her there and gave her the idea. Most Ottumwans visit the Canteen whenever they go back home. Unlike any other place.

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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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      1. Sweet original King's Hawaiian rolls are the best!

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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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      3. Still there...still small.
        It's called Taylor's. My family was there after my uncles funeral a couple years ago.My grandparents owned the cemetery in Marshalltown so most of us are there ;) My Dad and Uncle worked at Taylor's in high school. The recipe is a secret...I think a lot of the flavor comes from the pots that they cook the burger in...they are original from 40s-50s...

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    66. As a Senior Iowan the legend was Marshalltown, Iowa was the first Maid~Rite restaurant. We were told the BIG secret was only ONE ingredient, Chicken Bouillon, by those who claimed to know. I, of course, tried that, and while good, I believed there was more to it than that! I asked the owner WHY there was NO ketchup to put on my sandwich? He told me Hobos jumping off the train used to go in to the restaurant for the free ketchup, as they had no money they would mix it with water for tomato soup. Unless it has changed the first Maid~Rite restaurant was very small, and paying customers needed the few seats. I think you will still find today they don't have ketchup available, only mustard. I would tuck ketchup packets into the glove box before going and eat my sandwich in the car, so as not to affend anyone!! (Felt like desecration)! I must say after traveling all over this beautiful country there truly is NOTHING like a Maid~Rite loose meat sandwich! It's a yummy cuisine experience you won't forget! I hope this added a bit of flavor to your discussion. :)

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    67. Debbie is correct. Taylors Miami Rite in Marshalltown Iowa was the first restaurant. It is also the best. Go in sit down ask for a Maid-Rite, wet and you will have the best Maid-Rite experience ever whether you like it with onions, mustard, or yes even kethup!

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    68. Almost perfect! Next time I'll cut down or leave out the apple cider vinegar. Made it a bit to tart compared to the real thing. I grew up on Maid Rites in Quincy IL. Walked home from school and regularly stopped for a snack of a Maid Rite on the way home. 24 cents each in 1973!!

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    69. I can't compare to anything as I've never had the real deal, but these were delicious. Love the slight bit of tartness from the ACV! Yum :)

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    70. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Never had one before but have heard of loose meat sandwiches. Now my search continues for the recipe for my beloved Lumburger recipe. Lum's was a great restaurant in Fla when I was growing up in the 1960's that had the best food - large hot dogs steamed in beer among other things but the Lumburger was the best!!! It was kinda a loose meat/sloppy joe kinda thing that tasted out of this world!!!!

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    71. I made this and it tastes just like a Maid-right! I used 80/20 ground beef. In Iowa they serve them with "everything" on top. That's ketchup, mustard, pickle and chopped onion.

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    72. My husbands family is from Iowa and make these every time we are there. Nope, Not Impressed At All. Being from South Louisiana we Like Flavor, No Not everything Hot and Spicy, just Flavor! We've been making our version of loose meat burgers for years.
      2# ground meat, lightly browned. Drain fat add 2 cans Campbells Onion soup. Onion powder, salt pepper. Bring to boil reduce heat cook until soup cooks down. Yes add mustard and pickles on your bun and enjoy. Now this is Much Better Than the other, and easy!

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    73. In Greenville,OH, there is a restaurant called Maid Rite and they make a loose meat sandwich that people drive for miles to get. They serve theirs with chopped onion and cheese if you want it. Very good!

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    74. I grew up near Marshalltown, Iowa and still love to go to Taylor's when I am back in the area, you can watch them prepare the maid rites while you eat- ground beef, steamed, salt pepper and onions served with mustard and pickle. The secret is in using quality beef! They have also in recent years caved and the blasphemous unfaithful can get cheese and/or ketchup.

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    75. The best Maid-Rite is in Rolla, Missouri. We have eaten at many different ones and none compare!!!
      A big secret is to add a bit of water to the burger when you begin cooking it and cover with a lid. Also use a good dehydrated minced onion.

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    76. We've been to many, but by far, the best Maid-Rite is in Rolla, Missouri.
      Remember when cooking your meat , make sure you steam cook it! That's the one of the biggest differences in the taste of the burgers. Just add water and cook with lid on.
      Also, try using minced bionic (dehydrated) onions instead of raw onion.

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    77. How much warm water???

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    78. There is a Maid-Rite in Lexington, Missouri and the sandwiches are delicious!

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    79. There is a Maid Rite in Rolla Missouri
      I am 63 and it has been there as long as I can remember

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      1. We used to have one in Waukegan, IL when I was younger, like 50 yrs ago, lol. It closed though eons ago. Iowa is the home of Maid Rites though. Yum!

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    80. Love to try this, but NO WAY would an Iowan serve a Maid Rite with ketchup. The Iowa way is mustard, pickles, onion. Period.

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      1. I'm from Sioux City. I would have to agree in that ketchup should not be allowed. However, my son will only eat these WITH ketchup and mayonnaise. If I! But then again, he also dips his pizza in a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise. Eww..

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      2. I either eat my hamburgers with tartar sauce or by mixing ketchup and miracle whip together on a garlic bun! I also dip my fries in either tartar sauce or the ketchup and miracle whip mixture!

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    81. I used to work at Maid Rite and I can sau, unequivocally, that there is NO paprika, or any other spicy type of seasoning. I have been making the posted recipe for years and know that it is the correct one.

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    82. Ijust made these was so disappointed followed the recipe exactly it was not a copycat recipe I grew up in Newton Ia it needed alot more seasonings and I even added a few liquid never cooked off had to strain it, believe me I know what a maidrite should taste like and this didn't even come close!

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    83. I worked at one. The secret ingredient not listed here is beer

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    84. Even if the hamburger is lean, fat needs to be drained off, didn't see anything about doing that. Fat needs to be drained off after meat is browned and before other ingredients are added so that the other ingredient don't get thrown out with the grease.

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      1. No you never drain it; use 95/5 ground beef and the meat is never browned. It is slow cooked in liquid and crumbled.

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    85. I use to watch Roseanne on tv and she made this same sandwich and called it a loose meat sandwich at her café and it is very tasty. Marie Goodson

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    86. Chicken base and chicken bouillon in this recipe can be used interchangeably, can't them? I see that they are basically the same in every aspect (except for the shape and packaging)

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    87. The original Maid-Rite was made with bull meat. Very lean. Try asking your butcher for bull meat and see what kind of response you get after he stops laughing.

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      1. Our butcher actually has bull meat but I'm in Arizona now.

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    88. My dad ran a Maid-Rite for 50 years and I worked there 12 years and all it is is boiled hamburger no ingedances

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    89. I worked for Maid rite and will tell u that this as close as it gets. People this is an amazing recipe.

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      1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianJanuary 20, 2018 at 6:59 AM

        Thanks so much!!

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    90. I grew up on maid rites and was told to use coca cola in the recipe. My mother swore by it. Anyone ever heard that?

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    91. In Wichita, KS, there is a chain of restaurants called Nu-Way, been around forever. They make a loose-meat sandwich that sounds identical! Does anyone know if the recipes would actually be similar? They sure are yummy,

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    92. I cooked all day in my 3-1 cooker. I left the steam vent open (the vent is for pressure cooker mode) it came out fantastic. Also, I used fresh Spanish onion and grated it before putting in the mixture.

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    93. We have a Maid Rite here in Rolla, Mo. It's been here forever. Nothing else tastes like a Maid Rite.

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    94. We have a similar loose meat sandwich here in Nebraska called Tastees. Ground beef, onion, water, ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper,worcestershire sauce and cream style horseradish. Served on a bun with a pickle and mustard. I've made it a lot over the years but never in a crockpot.

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    95. Had to try it. I have to say, even the olfactory memories came rushing back while it was cooking. Loved it!!!

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    96. I have to comment that KETCHUP is wonderful on a Maid Rite. I've from Peoria IL and although we used to have Maid Rite a local place that serves "loosey burgers" drove them out of business. So try out "The 50's Diner" if you want the best one in central, IL.

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    97. I plan to veganize the recipe, so I will be replacing the beef with a TVP product that's already cooked. I'm assuming the first hour is not only to flavor but to cook the beef. If my protein is already cooked, would you first cook it an hour for the flavor or cook it for a shorter time, maybe 30 min.? Thanks! Bob

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    98. I can't find a link for the video anywhere on this page. What am I doing wrong?

      (Yes, I *AM* partially blind.)

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    99. How much hamburger do you use for this recipe.

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