Maid Rites

So I am from the mid-west, specifically Hannibal, MO. In the mid-west Maid Rites are popular. There are even fast food restaurants called “Maid Rite”. I was never big on them until I met my wife. Her mother makes them at home and they are delicious. If you are ever in Hannibal, stop by the Mark Twain Dinette. They have the best Maid Rites and Onion Rings you will find anywhere and they are FAMOUS for their homemade root beer.

For those who have never had or even heard of a maid rite it is like a hamburger only it’s seasoned crumbled ground beef. They seem simple, but they aren’t. They are a complex delicious flavor. My wife and I were recently craving them and since moving out west we have discovered, that you can not only NOT find them, but most people have never even heard of them. I thought I would post a recipe for anyone wanting to try them at home. Like I said, they are a complex flavor, but they are very simple to make.

Another item you can get at these restaurants that I can barely find out here is a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I will cover those in another post.

Below is the recipe you can find all over the internet. Below it you will see how I modified it to make it better.


  • 1 1/2 lb. hamburger
  • 1 med. onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or to taste

Simmer hamburger and onion. Do not brown. Add other ingredients and simmer. Serve on buns with catsup and mustard, if desired.

Firstly, I cook the hamburger in a skillet until it is mostly done, I try to leave no pink. Then, I transfer it to a crock pot to simmer for 2 or 3 hours. I add about 2 cups of water. In the last 30 min. I open the lid to allow the water to steam out. I also use onion flakes and about 3 table spoons of onion powder, ironically I think I get a better flavor this way. Instead of salt I use season salt and fresh cracked pepper is a must. I also add 2 teaspoons garlic powder or granulated. My mother-in-law uses beef bullion, but I have yet to try that one.

I strongly recommend you give it a try!

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