White Castle Turkey Stuffing
In the early 1990s, Columbus-based White Castle crafted a recipe aimed at making its famous tiny hamburgers part of your Thanksgiving meal.
We know, Thanksgiving stuffing made from a sack of White Castle sliders sounds crazy, but stay with us for a moment. Compare the ingredients of traditional stuffing with what goes into the Columbus-based fast food chain’s mini burgers, and you’ll see they’re not so different.
In fact, White Castle has promoted using its iconic burgers as a building block of Thanksgiving stuffing since 1990, when the burger chain first developed the idea.
“We went to our cafeteria here in our office and played around with ingredients,” says Kim Bartley, vice president of White Castle marketing. “White Castle is known for its sack of 10 [burgers]. We started with how much stuffing could you make with a sack of 10.”
They determined 10 sliders made just the right amount of stuffing to fill a 10-pound turkey. The recipe was first unveiled prior to Thanksgiving, but the clever creation had a fun unintended outcome: The burger chain’s customers soon began crafting other recipes starring White Castle sliders. The company received so many submissions it decided to launch an annual recipe contest.
Since then, White Castle has published three cookbooks from a total of more than 600 recipe submissions, ranging from dim sum White Castle to White Castle meatloaf. The grand-prize winner of the 2017 contest was Brenda Watts of Gaffney, South Carolina, for her Brazilian bruschetta & Brazilian tomato pesto with avocado aioli.
“White Castle has different ways of being enjoyed than when it was founded in 1921,” Bartley says. “We like sharing the fact that we allow our customers to play with our food.”
For more information, visit whitecastle.com.
White Castle Turkey Stuffing | Makes about 9 cups
10–12 White Castle sliders (original or cheeseburger; buy from the restaurant and remove pickles or purchase in the freezer section of the grocery store and prepare according to instructions)
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1 1/4 teaspoons ground thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
3/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 cup chicken broth (1/4 cup if cooking stuffing inside turkey)
Cut or tear burgers into small pieces and combine in mixing bowl with celery, thyme, sage and black pepper. Toss ingredients. Add chicken broth (use only 1/4 cup if stuffing turkey) and toss again. If cooking in casserole dish, preheat oven to 350 F and bake for 35 minutes. If cooking inside turkey, stuff mixture into the turkey cavity just before roasting.