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Maid Rites in the Instant Pot

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If you are looking for a way to recreate Maid Rite loose meat sandwiches at home, you are in the right place. Making maid rites in the Instant Pot means you can get the classic steamed ground beef filling at home.

Close up of a maid rite sandwich served with fried potatoes and cucumber salad.

Make a tasty maidrite sandwich at home  with the help of a pressure cooker. It is a perfect simple meal that tastes like the Iowa classic.

Steamed Maidrite Meat

I have had a recipe for making maid rites in a skillet on the site for a while. But it turns out folks feel very strongly about their Maid Rites.

Cheese rite sandwich made from instant pot maid rite meat and a white bun with a slice of american cheese.

I have received quite a few comments on the recipe and on social media that said true maidrites are steamed. So, I thought about the best ways to recreate a steamed filling at home.

Then it occurred to me. The Instant Pot uses steam to build up pressure.

So using the pressure cooker would be a great way to cook the ground beef with steam.  And let me tell you, the results were delicious.

What is a Maid Rite?

A maid rite is a loose meat sandwich made from crumbled hamburger. It’s like a sloppy joe without the sauce.

Add a slice of American cheese to make it a cheese rite. The sandwiches and the restaurants that bare the same name started in Iowa.

Maid rite sandwich with loose meat filling that was made in the instant pot on a white hamburger bun.

However, the restaurants are franchised across the midwest. There used to be two in my hometown in West Central Illinois, but now we are down to one

A lot of local folks are regulars there. And many expats have to make a stop when they are back in town.

Tips for Making the Most Authentic Maid Rites

Adding water to the ground beef mixture before you cook it helps to keep the meat crumbles nice and small.

Purists may leave the onion out, and that’s fine. But we think they add a little something.

Ingredients including ground beef, diced onion, yellow mustard, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper in small pan ready to be mixed together.

Classic maid rites are a little bit greasy. The wax paper wrappers are usually a bit wet.

So we like using 85/15 ground beef, and we don’t drain it. However, you can use leaner beef or drain the grease if you want.

We just use a slotted spoon to serve the mixture so it’s moist but not sopping wet.

Use a classic white hamburger bun. This isn’t the time for fancy brioche or pretzel buns.

Mustard and a pickle are classic toppings. However, cheese and/or ketchup are tasty too.

What to Serve With Maid Rites

At the restaurant, you would likely get fries. However, at home, we tend to keep it simple.

On this particular night, we served our loose meat sandwiches with fried potatoes and creamy dill cucumber salad.

Dinner plate with maid rite sandwich, fried potatoes, and creamy cucumber salad.

Creamy coleslaw or a tasty pasta salad would also be great options. We tend to eat maidrites on hot, busy days, so easy side dishes are normally a must.

Check out what to serve with maid rites for more tasty ideas!

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Close up of a maid rite sandwich served with fried potatoes and cucumber salad.

Instant Pot Maid Rites

Servings: 4 Sandwiches
Author: Carlee
If you are looking for a way to recreate Maid Rite loose meat sandwiches at home, you are in the right place. Making maid rites in the Instant Pot means you can get the classic steamed ground beef filling at home.
5 from 5 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb. ground beef 85/15
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup onion diced
  • cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions
 

  • Pour ⅔ cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the wire rack.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl or pan that will work inside your Instant Pot. Place on top of the wire rack in your pressure cooker.
  • Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Quick release the pressure.
  • Break the meat apart with a spoon. If desired, remove the extra water from the Instant Pot and cook the excess liquid off using the sauté function.
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop the meat mixture onto a hamburger bun. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 24gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 873mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Andrea Nine

Friday 25th of August 2023

Can you believe I’ve never had a Maid Rite but I will now. Yum.

Carlee

Friday 25th of August 2023

How is that even possible?!