Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

Traditional Maid-Rites from Marshalltown Iowa were served with only yellow mustard, pickle and onion. Ketchup was taken off the counters because the 'hobos' would take the ketchup to make tomato soup back when the restaurant first started. (A history lesson, who knew.) Here's the copycat version of maid-rites.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown beef; use potato masher to help get beef into small pieces.
  2. Drain excess fat as soon as pink is gone.
  3. Add 1 cup water and 1/4 cup beef broth.
  4. Simmer the meat uncovered for 1 hour or until liquid is gone, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  5. When liquid is gone, put meat on a bun and top with mustard, onion and dill pickle.
  6. Enjoy.


Most Helpful

I've tried several Maid-Rite recipes and to me this is the closest to the real thing. My first Maid-Rite sandwich was in Marshalltown, Iowa when I was a young girl 30 years ago and this is exactly how I eat them still today (mustard, onion, pickles and no ketchup) whenever I order them from our local Maid-Rite restuarant. I've always been disappointed when I make them myself, until now! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

Mara in Iowa September 20, 2007

Delicious! These were so simple and really were delicious. I followed the recipe, except I added a bit of dry mustard to the beef mixture and used garlic salt instead of regular salt. I didn't think my husband, who is from Iowa, would be too excited about dinner but he raved! The meat was very tender, thanks to the simmering for an hour. Tasty, simple and a family pleaser. My favorite kind of recipe!

Dine & Dish December 08, 2005

Thank You! Your recipe is very good and the one I will use going forward. I get a kick out of people like Chef #751866 from Feb 2008 who claim the secret recipe is Coca Cola. My Aunt owned a Maid Rite in the Quad Cities and I ASSURE you there was NO Coca Cola in that bottle you saw them pouring in. It is a very gaurded recipe and I've tasted the contents from that bottle you refer to. It tastes NOTHING like Coke or Cola. There is no mined onion or black pepper in the original recipe either. Since she no longer owns the franchise, even she is not able to duplicate the exact taste.

Valleyr June 16, 2012

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