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The Best Maid Rite Sandwiches

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Maid rites, tavern burgers or loose meat sandwiches, are a super quick and easy dinner that your family is sure to love! They are a staple around here and for good reason!

plate of maid rite sandwich with cheese and ketchup with cheese and broccoli rice in background

      If you are looking for a super simple dinner for a busy night, maid rites are definitely a great answer!  They are one of those dinners that nobody complains about and it will likely take you longer to make the sides than the main dish. Plus they scale so easily, so they are perfect for parties too.

     Have you ever had a maid right? I am really not sure if they are a regional dish or if everyone knows about these gems.

     If you are unfamiliar, maid rites are a loosemeat ground beef sandwich. It’s like a sloppy joe without the tomato sauce. 

    Or like a hamburger, but in little pieces rather than a patty. It is quicker and easier to make than either of them as well!

skillet filled with ground beef and spices ready to be made into maid rite sandwich filling.

     There is a chain of restaurants here in the midwest that is famous for them. In fact they share the same name as the sandwich.

      I have never been to any of the others, but I am sure the one in our town is best. It is definitely a fixture here.

     In addition to the namesake sandwiches, they make the most fabulous from scratch pies. They have quite the list of pies available each day and choosing one is the hardest part. I used to always go for one with a mile high meringue!

maid rite sandwich on plate with seasoned fries.

      Maid rites don’t have to be reserved for the restaurant though, they are easy to make at home! In fact we had them quite a bit during my childhood.

      I don’t think to make them very often, they had kind of fell off my radar. Then a coworker brought in a slow cooker full of maid rites for us all a few weeks ago.

      It got me back in the maid rite mood and we’ve been having them almost every week since. My guys aren’t complaining, they are both excited to see them on the menu!

made right with cheese and ketchup served with cheesy broccoli rice.

     This recipe has just the right balance of flavors.  It’s simple enough but still really flavorful.

      The toppings are definitely a matter of taste.  I prefer mine plain or with pickles. My husband likes ketchup, mustard and cheese. 

    Little Dude likes ketchup and cheese. Pickled jalapenos and cheese would be a fun twist too!

What is the difference between a maid rite and a sloppy joe?

Both are crumbled ground beef filling that is usually served on a hamburger bun, but they are different for sure.

Both make great quick and easy family dinners. They are also both great for parties. Just keep the meat warm in a slow cooker and it will be ready when you are!

A maid rite is very beef forward. The crumbled beef is definitely the star of the show. A little onion and seasoning is added, but that’s about it.

A sloppy joe has a sweeter tomato based sauce.  After the meat is drained, a ketchup based sauce is added and simmered down.

 We have a great recipe for big batch sloppy joe sandwiches you should check out. It is a great recipe for a party.

Or for a regular family dinner, check out the recipe for cola sloppy joes. They have a fabulous sweet and tangy sauce that is sure to please.

tavern burger with lots of loose meat between hamburger buns.

       If you are looking for some fun side dishes to go with your maid rites. May I suggest some slow cooker corny macaroni and cheeseSummer corn salad would be great too. Or this time of year a pea salad would be great!

       So grab some ground beef and buns. These maid rites are a perfect busy night dinner that are sure to make their way into your rotation!

Yield: 6 Sandwiches

The Best Maid Rite Sandwiches

maid rite sandwich on plate with fries

Maid rites, or loose meat sandwiches, are a super quick and easy dinner that your family is sure to love! They are a staple around here and for good reason!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large skillet.
  2. Brown over medium heat until meat is cooked through and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 15 minutes.
  3. Adjust salt to your liking and serve on buns with desired toppings. 


*Don't use super lean ground beef. We like using 85/15.

This recipe scales easily. You can make several pounds of burger on the stove ahead of a party and put the meat in a slow cooker to keep it hot. It's a great way to feed the team or a hungry crew.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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