Healthier Gluten-Free Maid-Rite Sandwiches that taste just as good as the originals, but are gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with organic ingredients. These sandwiches definitely are not just an Iowa thing anymore!
This recipe post straight up screams pride for my home state, Iowa. When I think of corn, I think of Iowa. And when I think of Maid-Rite sandwiches, I think of Iowa. Maid-Rites are just a thing us Iowans love to eat.
Now before I get ahead of myself, I probably should not assume that everyone knows what the heck a Maid-Rite is. In fact, some of you may already be lost just based on the title of this post. So let’s break it down.
Maid-Rites are also known as “loose meat sandwiches” because that is essentially what they are. They are made by simmering ground beef with beef broth, a few basic condiments, a little brown sugar, and some spices. Classic Maid-Rites also must be served with pickles and yellow mustard. It just isn’t a Maid-Rite without those two things (though topping them with ketchup is done quite frequently, too). They are simple, yet delicious. So delicious, in fact, that there is even a restaurant chain based off of this classic sandwich.
I have not eaten a traditional Maid-Rite sandwich in years. Hello gluten. But I was majorly craving them when I was a couple of months postpartum, so I made a healthier gluten-free version. And guess what? They tasted darn delicious even with all of my little swaps and healthy hacks.
Instead of choosing all ground beef, I used a mixture of ground beef and ground turkey. I used grass fed beef bone broth and swapped out the brown sugar for coconut sugar. Most importantly, I was sure to choose a Worcestershire sauce that is certified gluten-free. Worcestershire sauce can be a sneaky place for gluten to hide, so be sure to watch your labels if you are GF.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
Yields 8 Sandwiches
- 1 LB of organic, grass-fed ground beef
- 1 LB of organic, pasture-raised ground turkey
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 2 cups of organic beef bone broth
- 1/4 cup of yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce*
- 2 TB of raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp of coconut sugar
- 2 tsp of fine sea salt
- 2 tsp of ground black pepper
- 8 gluten-free buns
- sliced pickles, yellow mustard, and diced onions for topping
- Brown ground beef, ground turkey, and onions in a large pan over medium heat.
- Stir in beef broth, mustard, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, coconut sugar, salt, and pepper. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
- Serve on buns and top with pickle slices, mustard, and onions.
*Be sure to check and ensure your Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free.