Friday, June 24, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: White House Turkey Burger

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My mom found this recipe in Family Circle, one of our (many) cooking magazine subscriptions that we share between the 200+ miles.  Her, dad, and even picky sister M, loved them so she quickly passed the recipe on.  I love that the recipe itself was from the White House Executive Chef.  I also love that even though they are “healthy” they are full of flavor.

Regardless of your political standing, everyone can get behind the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative.  Plus, you can tell your kids that they are eating the same meal that is served in the White House!  No matter how old you are, that is pretty cool.  I chose this burger as the perfect way to end Hamburger Week because it’s healthy, fresh, and fun!  And, it comes straight from Washington D.C. which is where John and I are headed right now, literally as you read this post! 

I found out 2 weeks ago that I was chosen as a finalist in the Gnarly Heads Rippin Ribs contest!  We’re on our way to DC and the cook-off is tomorrow.  We chose to go a day early just to hang out and see the sights.  One of my wonderful cooking friends, Elinor and her husband Josh, who is competing, too, will be there; I know it will be a blast with them.   Next Friday, I plan to do another Field Trip post and Monday I will post all about the cookoff as well as share my delicious rib recipe with you all!
White House Turkey Burger (adapted from Family Circle Magazine)
Serves:  4
1 pound ground turkey
¼ cup panko crumbs
1 egg white
2 tablespoons minced scallions
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

Combine turkey, panko crumbs, egg white, scallions, garlic clove, soy sauce, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Shape into 4 equal patties.  Grill the patties about 5-7 minutes on each side, until cooked through.  Place in between hamburger buns and serve. 

I should note that the White House Turkey Burger is served bunless.  I served them in whole-wheat hamburger buns (to keep it a little healthy, but still keep the overall burger feel).  Otherwise, its just meat on a plate.  But, it is delicious.  John and I won’t be heading into the White House this weekend but just because we’re not there, doesn’t mean we can’t eat like the First Family!

Have a great weekend everyone, see you on Monday with an exhaustive (I’m sure) recap of the ribs and cook-off!  And Friday I will recap the food of the weekend; it’s going to be an exciting week!

Until the next time my oven is on…


  1. The White House turkey burgers are delicious and look nothing like your photograph!
    We've made them several times and consider them a staple in our house.

    1. Wow Lynn - I'd love to hear how you make yours - ours always come out looking this way (although admittedly, with my new camera - it's about time for an updated picture)! They are yummy!


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