I was born and raised in Davenport, IA, and have eaten many, many maid-rites over the years.
The following recipe is one that we have used for years(since moving to FL and not having a Maid-Rite close) and is so very close if not spot on as far as taste goes. It is a simple recipe that must be followed exactly.......
Ketchup is not to be found anywhere near a maid-rite...lol. Chopped onion and yellow mustard are a must. You can also add cheese for the famous Cheese-Rite. *I only use 1/2 tsp of pepper now-a-days
I hope you enjoy :)
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 tbsp beef soup base (I use "Better Than Bouillon" brand, comes in a small jar)
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 cups water
Place ground beef in unheated 2 qt saucepan with lid. Add the seasonings and water. Mash with a potato masher until blended.
Over high heat, continue to mash/stir the mixture until it changes color throughout.
Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20-25 minutes or until water has reduced. Removing the lid during last the few minutes helps to reduce the liquid.