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Iowa Maid-Rite Sandwich

Iowa Maid-Rite Loose Meat Sandwich Sliders – Copycat

  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 25 sliders or 12 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Stovetop, Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American



  • 4 lbs. high-quality ground beef (preferably Midwestern corn-fed beef)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 packet dried onion soup mix
  • Roz’s holy trinity of seasonings * see note below and in the post]
  • 1 Tbsp. “Better Than Bouillion” (beef or chicken) in 1-1/2 cups of hot water
  • White hamburger buns (Brioche or Hawaiian Sweet Slider Buns)
  • Dill Pickles
  • Mustard


  1. In a slow cooker or a tall pot, begin to brown the ground beef, chopping it down into crumbles throughout the entire cooking process.
  2. Add Roz’s “Holy Trinity” seasonings. * (See notes and in blog post). Stir well.
  3. Add chopped onion.
  4. Add the dried onion soup mix.
  5. Add 1-½ cups of bouillion in hot water (beef or chicken), or chicken broth.
  6. Continue to break up any clumps of ground beef to develop the crumbled effect.
  7. If using a slow cooker, set it on ‘low’ and cook for 4 hours, stirring occasionally to maintain the crumbly effect desired.  A ‘smooth’ texture should develop.
  8. If using a large, tall pot on the stovetop, set the burner temperature to low, and cook for 1-½ – 2 hours, stirring occasionally to develop a crumbly, yet smooth texture.
  9. ENJOY!  Buon Appetito!



  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich
  • Calories: 325
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 125mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 80g

Keywords: Maid-Rites, Iowa, Loose Meat Sandwich

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