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Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

This Maid-Rite copycat recipe, also called a loose meat sandwich, is made of tender ground beef that has cooked in broth and seasoning. It’s served on a warm hamburger bun with ketchup, mustard, and pickles.

Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

The Original Maid-Rite

Maid-Rite originated here in Iowa where I live and has been around since the 1920s. There’s a lot of debate over how the ground beef sandwiches are made.

Some say Coca-Cola is added to the ground beef and others insist it’s only seasonings with no broth.

My grandmother worked at a Maid-Rite back in the day and says she added Coke syrup to the ground beef in the restaurant she worked at.

However, recent employees of the sandwich chain say they only add premixed powder seasoning.

Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

There are actually a lot of meat recipes out there that call for Coke to be added to them: Slow Cooker Gammon (Ham), Coca-Cola BBQ Turkey Meatballs, or Pot Roast.

The acidity in Coke helps tenderize meat.

It’s possible that certain franchises of Maid-Rite tenderized the meat with Coke syrup.

All that aside, it’s a delicious sandwich and coming up with a homemade version is fairly simple.

It’s like a hamburger, but without the patty. Or like a Sloppy Joe without the sauce.

Ingredients for Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion Powder
  • Beef Broth
  • Salt
  • Hamburger Buns
Browned Ground Beef

Maid-Rite sandwiches do not have large pieces of beef, therefore, the ground beef is cooked until it is very tender and finely chopped.

Ground beef on a hamburger bun

Maid-Rite Toppings

A traditional Maid-Rite comes with ketchup, yellow mustard, and pickles. Chopped onion and cheese is an option you can add-on.

  • Ketchup
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Chopped Onion
  • Make it a copycat “Cheese-Rite” by adding a slice of cheddar cheese.
Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

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Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

Maid-Rite Copycat Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Maid-Rite copycat recipe, also called a loose meat sandwich, is made of tender ground beef that has cooked in broth and seasoning. It's served on a warm hamburger bun with ketchup, mustard, and pickles.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Hamburger Buns

Toppings

  • Ketchup
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Chopped Onion, optional
  • Slices of Cheddar Cheese, optional
    (Called a Cheese-Rite!)

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in a pan over medium-high heat. Using a spatula as it cooks, chop beef into small pieces. Drain grease.
  2. Add beef broth, onion powder, and salt. Stir and bring to a simmer for 15-20 minutes until beef is very fine and tender.
  3. Serve on a warm hamburger bun with ketchup, yellow mustard, and pickles.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 391Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 108mgSodium 844mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 35g

Nutrition is not always accurate and products used in the recipe may differ from local ingredients available to you.

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