In Iowa, the regional sandwich of choice is the “loose meat. “This unique sandwich is also known as a "Maid-Rite," because it is most associated with the 85 year old Maid Rite chain, which probably invented it. The company is based in Iowa but now has more than 80 locations all throughout the Midwest, Plains states and Texas.
Today, Maid Rite has gone a bit corporate in trying to compete with the national chains, and its lengthy menu includes not only classic loose meat sandwiches, but variations including Philly, chili, bacon, and much more, and unrelated dishes like corn dogs, fish sandwiches, burritos, sweet potato fries, taco salads, and even a loose meat wrap. Several locations offer a large barbecue menu as well, with pulled-pork sandwiches.
Depending on your perspective, the loose meat sandwich is either an unformed hamburger or a sloppy Joe without the sauce. It is simplicity itself, ground beef cooked while being constantly stirred and mixed on a special sloped griddle that lets grease drain, with finely minced onion and nothing else.
Research Source: Travel USA Today
If you are not crazy about sloppy Joes, you will love this recipe Mushroom Onion Hamburger.
Mushroom Onion Hamburger
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1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
1 (8 ounce) sliced mushrooms
bread or hamburger buns
In a skillet, add ground beef, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke. Brown ground beef and drain. Add beef broth and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Meanwhile, in a separate skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Once the butter has melted, add onions, mushrooms and black pepper. Cook about 5 to 7 minutes, until tender.
Spread mayonnaise, to taste, on bread. Spoon the ground beef mixture onto bread and top with mushrooms and onions. Enjoy!