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 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 remembers adding Coke syrup to the ground beef. However, recent employees of the sandwich chain say they only add premixed powder seasoning.
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
- Hamburger Buns
Maid-Rite sandwiches do not have large pieces of beef, therefore, the ground beef is cooked until it is very tender and finely chopped.
A traditional Maid-Rite comes with ketchup, yellow mustard, and pickles. Chopped onion and cheese is an option you can add-on.
- Yellow Mustard
- Chopped Onion
- Make it a copycat “Cheese-Rite” by adding a slice of cheddar cheese.
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