Dehydrate onion, two parts oyster sauce, one part soy sauce and definitely steam the meat.
Oct 14, 2013, 22:00
Well, the Bettendorf one closed. The meat quality and flavor had gone downhill from what I remember from long ago. I made my own several years ago and my family said they tasted just like the real thing. I have mustard, onion, and pickles on the counter. Just got back from the store w/1-1/2# Amana 80/20 beef. The secret is STEAMING them on low heat for hours, breaking up the meat as it cooks, don't mash the juice out. I will use one packet of W=G. Washington's Rich Brown Seasoning
Sep 16, 2013, 22:00
I grew up eating at the original Made-Rite in Marshalltown and to this day love making them more than regular hamburgers. THe secret is getting good Iowa Beef
Feb 23, 2013, 22:00
We too grew up on maid-rites in Nebraska it was franchised store and Jeni is correct, the packet came in silver packets without any ingredient info. She is spot on in the cooking process also. You don't precook the meat. Years ago in a popular magazine a close clone was onion soup mix but pulverizing it so no onion bits are visible I have used this method for years about the only thing that comes close simmered low and slow. 2 Tbl. Lipton onion soup mix,1/4 cup water to 1lb raw hamburger.
Dec 31, 2012, 22:00
I bought Tod's recipe and tried it. No, that's not it. Of course living in Iowa almost all my life I really know how they taste and this isn't it. It may be partially correct. I think what one other person mentioned that paprika is added, might be correct. I'm not sure on that though until I try it. They do add coke, I've watched them do it at some locations. So that's my next try, use Todd's recipe, try adding paprika to one batch, try adding coke to another and see if
Jan 14, 2012, 22:00
I live in the quad cities, (Moline illinois is one of them) have eaten Maid Rites since the 1950's. After reading all of these posts one thing is clear, no one really knows. Also there are at least 4 Maid Rites in this area, only 1 (in bettendorf Iowa) has the flavor i recognize from my childhood. So it appears to me that individual franchise owners add what they feel is good enough, probably to maximize profits. Oh well my search continues!
Jun 29, 2011, 22:00
I'm not a burger fan but I do love the Macho Nachos that are made from the Maid-Rite meat mixture. You might want to try them. Place a couple of handfuls of round tortilla chips in your plate. To that add one large ladle of the meat mixture. Top with finely shredded lettuce, sliced green onions, finely chopped tomato and finely shredded cheddar cheese. A large dollop of salsa can be added last but you can also add sour cream. DON'T MELT THE CHEESE!
Jun 27, 2011, 22:00
We just had a Maid-Rite open in my area and this reciped was not even close. The real one had much more flavor and seasoning. Maybe this was a clone of the Taylor Maid-Rite that I heard was different.
May 10, 2011, 22:00
When I was a young girl growing up a little south of St. Paul, MN; My parents used to take us down to Cannon Falls on some nice weekends to the Maid Rite there. An older couple owned it and sometime in the late sixties or early seventies they closed, I think it was due to road improvement, and the building was torn down. So; I have always been looking to find a recipe to make these for my family, which I did today.... and they're a HUGE HIT!!!
This is not the same as buying one there. It tastes good but it is no made rite.