These Chopped Cheeseburgers (AKA Maid Rite loose meat sandwiches) are a cross between a sloppy joe and a McDonald’s Big Mac. They’re super quick and easy, delicious, and quite awesome! Weeknight dinner lifesaver that your entire family will ask for regularly.
Whenever I’m fried at the end of the week and can’t stand the idea of being in the kitchen one more minute, my husband will suggest making a run to McDonald’s and I’m always like “Ew.” But the kids are like, “PLEASE????” I get it. Growing up, whenever my own Dad would go to McDonald’s, I loved it. And it never fails, too – when my son starts looking full, I’ll give him some puppy dog eyes and ask, “Are you gonna finish that?” Lol. There’s just something about a Big Mac!
Well, these chopped cheeseburgers are sort of like if a sloppy Joe and McDonald’s Big Mac got married. It’s essentially a Maid Rite, and truly the best of both worlds.
What is a Maid Rite?
A Maid Rite is a loose meat sandwich, which originated in an Iowa restaurant back in 1926. It’s now a franchise, with locations in Missouri and Kansas, as well. Depending on where you are in the Midwest, this sandwich is referred to as a loose hamburger sandwich, tavern sandwich, Nu-Way, Steamer, Big T, or simply a Maid Rite.
Loose meat sandwich sounds so “meh,” right? And honestly, it’s not the prettiest to look at, either. But what it lacks in name and appearance, is made up for 100% in the taste. It’s so basic using a few pantry staples, and yet incredibly fantastic.
Maid Rite Recipe
The original recipe is under lock and key, making everyone guess what exactly is in it, but the few ingredients that nobody argues with are ground beef, onion, salt, pepper, and a bun. From there, many variations exist.
Like all famous midwestern recipes, everyone has their own take on them and the Maid-Rite sandwich is no exception. Some cooks use mustard, while others add ketchup. Some cooks even include BBQ sauce. Sometimes pickles, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar are mixed into the meat. I’ve even heard of these sandwiches being made with beef broth or beer.
This particular version is my family’s favorite, which includes the following ingredients:
- Meat mixture – lean ground beef, sweet onion, salt, pepper, dill pickle relish.
- Buns – any slider buns will do (round or square), expect Hawaiian and Pretzel.
- Condiments – mayonnaise, ketchup, and Sriracha hot sauce.
- Cheese – Kraft Singles American cheese. Yep, the fake cheese!
How to Make Maid Rites
These sliders are so incredibly easy to make. With only a few steps, you’ll have dinner on the table in less then 30! Here’s the run down (scroll down for the detailed printable.)
- Make the meat mixture – brown the meat and onions together in some olive oil until cooked through, then drain off the fat. Season with the salt and pepper and stir in the pickle relish.
- Coat the buns – mix together mayonnaise and Sriracha and coat the inside of the top bun halves with it, then coat the bottom halves with ketchup.
- Form the sliders – place the bottom of the rolls in a 9×13 pan, pile the meat mixture on top, followed by cheese slices, and finishing with the bun tops.
- Bake – bake for several minutes until the bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
- A Maid Rite really isn’t like a sloppy Joe at all, since there’s no sauce. But they are in the same vein – seasoned loose ground beef on a bun and wonderfully messy. If you’re in search of actual sloppy joes, this Sloppy Joe recipe is truly THE BEST. Another huge favorite are these Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes.
- Maid Rite sandwiches don’t typically include cheese and are also not baked. Again, these are just a few (delicious!) twists I’ve added.
Watch them Being Made
Call them a chopped cheeseburger, a loose meat sandwich, or a Maid Rite. We just call them absolutely delicious!
Chopped Cheeseburgers (Maid Rite Copycat)
- 12 small dinner rolls
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion , diced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/3 cup dill pickle relish
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 6 slices American cheese singles
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the bottoms of the rolls in the prepared pan, reserving the tops.
- In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise and Sriracha hot sauce. Set aside.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Add in the onion and ground beef; cook until onions are translucent and the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off fat. Season with the salt and pepper and stir in the dill pickle relish. Set aside.
- Spread an even amount of ketchup onto each roll bottom, followed by the cooked ground beef. Top with the cheese slices. Spread the spicy mayo mixture on the dinner roll tops and place on top of the cheese.
- Bake until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes. Serve right away and enjoy!