Loose Meat Sandwich (Maid-Rite Copycat)

Inspired by Maid-Rite in Iowa, Loose Meat Sandwiches are simple yet so very delicious. Make a batch in 10 minutes or less! Also slow cooker friendly.

I am lucky that my brother chose to marry a gal who turned out to be one of my very best friends.

I’m even luckier that said gal, Erin, is from Iowa.

Because of all these preceding events, Erin’s mom ended up coming up from Iowa to Milwaukee and made me (well, all of us), Loose Meat Sandwiches.

Considering my profile as a high-level carnivore, I was pretty excited.

Inspired by Maid-Rite in Iowa, Loose Meat Sandwiches are simple yet so very delicious. Make a batch in 10 minutes or less! Also slow cooker friendly.

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Her Loose Meat Sandwiches, so very delicious, are inspired by an Iowa restaurant chain called Maid-Rite.

No one knows the exact Rite-Maid loose meat sandwich recipe, and the only ingredients everyone seems to agree on beef, salt, and pepper. Some cooks add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, soy sauce, paprika, or sugar.

They look a lot like Sloppy Joes but without the Sloppy. There is no sauce to speak of, yet the beef is decidedly seasoned.

In other Midwest states, you may find them under other names such as a Tavern Sandwich, a Steamer, a Big T, or a Tastee.

And they are ready in 10 minutes or less! Seriously. You can also them in a slow cooker (see recipe notes). So easy! SO DELICIOUS.

I could actually just eat the meat plain. And I have.

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Inspired by Maid-Rite in Iowa, Loose Meat Sandwiches are simple yet so very delicious. Make a batch in 10 minutes or less! Also slow cooker friendly.
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Loose Meat Sandwich

Inspired by Maid-Rite in Iowa, Loose Meat Sandwiches are simple yet so very delicious. Make a batch in 10 minutes or less! Also slow cooker friendly.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15 recommended)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 hamburger buns, split for serving
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, combine beef, water, mustard, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Simmer over medium heat until the beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes, breaking up clumps of meat with a spoon. Stir in onion.

  2. Serve meat on buns with toppings on the side such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles. 

Recipe Notes

  1. Inspired by Maid-Rite. Adapted from Cook's Country Eats Local.
  2. To make Loose Meat Sandwiches in a slow cooker, brown beef and add to slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except buns to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours. Serve in buns.

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Loose Meat Sandwiches are a lot like Sloppy Joes but without the Sloppy. There is no sauce to speak of, yet the beef is decidedly seasoned.

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4 comments

  1. I didn’t realize that Maid-Rite is a chain. I know Maid-Rite from their location in Greenville, OH. They are famous for their alley wall of bubble gum. Gross, but hey. People talk about it :) I had heard that another ingredient is beer. I’m excited to try your recipe, though, and see how it stands up to what I remember. :)

  2. I’m pretty excited about this recipe.  Maid-Rites are a fond childhood memory. It was a special treat to have a Maid-Rite when we “went into town”!  Can’t wait to try it.  Thanks!

  3. I make these for our Youth Group at church. I simmer the crumbled beef in beef broth, it adds a nice richness to the meat. We use Pita pockets instead of buns, it cuts down on spillage with the kids!

    My husband is from Iowa and whenever we go back to visit family, I have to get Maid-Rites multiple times.

    • I love the idea of pita pockets, Tracy! That’s genius. I’m such a sloppy eater, I need that for ME, not even just my kids! Ha ha. I will definitely try your beef broth tip next time too. Great idea. Thanks for the comment and take care!

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