Origin: North America, American Midwest
Method: Stovetop, Dutch OvenJump to Recipe
Nu-Way Crumbly Burgers were a classic in Wichita, where I grew up. There were several locations of this local chain serving up these delicious loose meat sandwiches. Similar to Bierocks, it was not until I moved away from home that I realized that is was more of a regional specialty and not a dish commonly found everywhere. Thankfully these loose meat beef burgers are super easy to make and this Dutch oven recipe makes it easy to make the Nu Way crumbly burgers for a crowd.
Making Loose meat sandwiches for a crowd is super simple and this is one of our go to Dutch oven recipes for an easy campout meal with Scouts or even a family get together. The Crumbly burgers can be made ahead of time and the meat can be kept warm until everyone is ready to eat.
What is the difference between an Iowa Maid Rite and a Nu Way Crumbly Burger?
While they are more commonly known as Maid Rite sandwiches, these loose meat burgers are essentially the same thing. Both sandwiches are made with seasoned ground beef, that is simmered until cooked and served burger style with mustard and pickles. In Kansas you will more commonly hear then called Nu-Ways or crumbly burgers, while in Iowa they are known as Maid Rites. There are other regional names as well such as a Tavern Sandwich.
Making the Dutch Oven Loose Meat Sandwich
To make the Maid Rite Burgers you will need ground beef, mustard, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, paprika, salt, pepper, and a white onion.
Prep Your Ingredients
Prepare your ingredients by finely dicing the onion. We prefer a very fine dice for these Tavern sandwiches, but slice your onion according to your preference.
Cook the Ground Beef and Diced Onion
Start by cooking the ground beef and onion in the Dutch oven, over medium heat, for about 5 minutes. You want the beef just beginning to brown and the onion starting to soften. At this point you can drain any fat from the Dutch oven, if desired, or leave the meat undrained.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer
Next, add in the mustard, spices, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and beef broth. Stir until well combined and bring to a simmer. Simmer over a low heat, covered, for about 30 minutes then stir and partially cover and continue to simmer for about 30 more minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed or evaporated.
Serving the Loose Meat Tavern Sandwiches
To serve your homemade Maid Rite sandwiches, spread yellow mustard on both sides of a burger bun and place 2 pickles (or more) on the bottom bun.
Top with the loose meat mixture and, if desired, top with a slice of cheddar or American cheese. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and enjoy your Nu Way style crumbly burger.
What to Serve with Loose Meat Sandwiches
Nu-Way loose meat burgers are traditionally served with curly fries or onion rings and a frosty mug of root beer. If you really want to indulge, a root beer float is the way to go. In Iowa, you will typically see Maid Rite burgers served with fries, chips, or cheese curds.
When we make Maid Rite sandwiches at home, we typically serve them with our Always Crispy French Fries. They also go great with our Grilled Endive Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, Smoked Au Gratin Potatoes, Simple Guinness Beer Bread, or a glass of Blueberry Moscow Mule.
For more of the best hamburger recipes, be sure to check out some of our favorites:
- Spicy Double Smash Burger on Texas Toast
- Brisket Burger Sliders with Horseradish Aioli
- Beef Tostada Burger with Bacon Patty
- Quick and Easy Burger Seasoning
If you don't feel like cooking, then check out our list of Best Burgers in Kansas City.
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Dutch Oven Maid Rite: Iowa Style Loose Meat Sandwich
- Dutch Oven
- 2 Pounds Ground Beef
- 1 White Onion Finely diced
- 1 Cup Beef Broth
- 2 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard plus extra for serving
- 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- ¼ teaspoon Sweet Paprika
- 2 teaspoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 8 Hamburger Buns
- 8 Cheddar Cheese Slices optional
- 16 Pickles
- Heat your Dutch oven over medium heat and add the ground beef and diced white onion. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until the meat is just starting to brown. If desired, drain the fat, or you can leave it undrained.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then cover the Dutch oven and cook for 30 minutes.
- Stir the meat mixture and continue to simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes, or until most of the moisture has been absorbed or evaporated.
- Spread both hamburger buns with mustard, and top the bottom bun with a couple pickles. Top with the warm loose meat hamburger and then top with cheese. Eat while warm.