Maid Rite Sandwiches | Copy Cat Recipes

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Maid Rite sandwiches, also known as 'tavern sandwiches,' consist of loose ground beef, similar to a sloppy joe (minus the sauce), and a mixture of sweet onions and tangy yellow mustard. Once you've tasted a maid rite for the first time, you'll certainly be left craving more.

I grew up eating these sandwiches whenever we visited my grandparents in my mom's hometown of Greenville, Ohio. It seems more places than Greenville lay claim as the original home to the maid rite sandwich, as they are also popular in Iowa and Illinois. For me, these sandwiches bring back many memories of the gum covered building in Greenville, where my family often visited. 

Maid rite sandwiches are distinctive in the fact that the meat is steamed (or in my case, boiled) instead of browned in it's own grease. Then onions are softened until they are sweet then mixed into the loose meat with Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Typically they are topped with more mustard, pickles, and sometimes cheese to hold it all together.

Categories: Dinner

Tags: Ground Beef , Mustard , Worcestershire​ , Onion , Buns

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Maid Rite Sandwiches | Copy Cat Recipes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Makes 5-6 servings


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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, plus more for servig
  • sweet pickle slices, for serving
  • hamburger buns, for serving
  • American cheese, (optional) for serving

Here's How:

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  1. Bring one cup of water to a boil in a large pan or skillet. Add the ground beef and constantly break up the meat as it cooks. When the meat is cooked through, drain and rinse off excess grease.
  2. Wipe the pan clean and add the onion. Cook until softened and beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the crumbled beef to the pan. Stir in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard until completely combined.
  4. Serve the loose meat on toasted hamburger buns with sweet pickles, mustard and cheese as desired. Enjoy!

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