Copycat Maid Rite Recipe

What’s the difference between a maid rite and a sloppy joe? 

The Maid Rite – aka Loose Meat Sandwich – doesn’t have a sauce. You have the liquid and seasonings but they cook off and the meat is “dry” whereas Sloppy Joes have a thick tomato sauce


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Hamburger buns
  • mustard
  • pickles


  1. Brown ground beef and onion – chopping vigorously until the pieces are tiny
  2. Add bouillon, water, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire and soy sauce
  3. Stir and continue chopping ground beef
  4. Simmer until liquid has evaporated
  5. Top a heaping spoonful of meat onto cheap hamburger buns and top with pickles and mustard and you will be reveling in the delight of the Iowa Maid Rite!

Note: Be sure to use the $1 buns – the cheaper, the better! Fresh, cheap & soft – that’s the best way to go. Spoon a heap of the loose meat onto your cheap bun and you’re ALMOST ready to go! Just don’t forget the dill pickles and mustard!

Can you Make Maid Rites in the Crock Pot? 

Yes. To make your Iowa Maid Rite Copycat Recipe in the crock pot – just brown the ground beef first and then add all the seasonings and beef to the crock pot and put on low for a couple of hours. If you’re serving these loose meat sandwiches for a crowd – you can just leave it on low for the party!