Midwest Loco Moco

by Erin

If you’ve ever had the Hawaiian loco moco then you need to check out this midwestern version. Cauliflower rice topped with a turkey patty, brown gravy, and a fried egg.

Midwest Loco Moco 1

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I picked a recipe from Our Good Life. From the get go, Terri’s blog invites you to come hang out on her porch and stay awhile. With recipes such as pork steaks with root beer BBQ saucelemon confetti bundt cake, and slow cooker spaghetti sauce I would have a hard time leaving anyway! And after seeing a recipe titled “Midwest Loco Moco” I knew I had to try it even though I had never heard of a loco moco before, let alone a Midwest version.

Apparently a loco moco is a contemporary meal typically found in Hawaii and consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and brown gravy. This midwest version changes things a little bit with cauliflower rice and a turkey patty. While I am not entirely sure how cauliflower and turkey turn something midwestern, I will say that this meal was wonderfully comforting and could easily function as a breakfast or dinner meal.

I have a weakness for burger patties topped with fried eggs.

Midwest Loco Moco 2

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Serves 4


1 head of cauliflower

2-1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

1 lb. ground turkey

2 tsp steak seasoning

3 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp minced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth

2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 eggs


  1. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower head, remove the white core, and divide into flowerettes. Pulse in a food processor until it resembles rice. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add cauliflower, cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, gently mix the turkey with the steak seasoning and form four patties. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil oil over medium heat. Add turkey patties and fry 5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Set aside and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. In the same pan that the patties were cooked in, turn up to medium-high heat and melt butter. Add onions and garlic and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat and make a roux by adding the flour a little at a time, whisking continuously to avoid lumps. While whisking, add the vegetable broth and soy sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook until gravy has reached the desired thickness. Set aside.
  4. In a medium skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Fry four eggs to your desired doneness.
  5. To assemble, scoop a cup of cauliflower rice onto plate, top with a turkey burger, pour brown gravy over the burger, and then top with one of the fried eggs. Repeat for remaining servings.

Source: Adapted slightly from Our Good Life.


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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious October 8, 2015 - 6:40 pm

I’ve never heard of loco moco but now I am intrigued!

Sue Lau October 3, 2015 - 8:25 pm

I’ve never had this before but it looks like something I would really enjoy.

Couscous & Consciounsess October 3, 2015 - 7:06 am

I can’t actually believe I’m seeing this!! I’ve never heard of “loco moco” before, be it classically Hawaiian or a mid-west version, but you can be sure if I’d ever seen such a combo of cauliflower rice, burger patty, gravy and fried egg, I’d have been all over it. I can’t wait to give this a try – sounds like comfort food “in extremis” :-)

Kate October 2, 2015 - 1:31 am

I’ve never heard of this but I love cauliflower so it would be interesting to try! Thanks for sharing!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook October 1, 2015 - 6:09 pm

We loved loco moco in Hawaii and have made it once after returning. I do like this version too – a little less guilt. :)

Tara September 29, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Love loco moco! This looks like a delicious lightened up version. Great pick!

Emily @ Life on Food September 29, 2015 - 10:28 am

I haven’t heard of a loco moco ever. This recipe looks great though. And a fried egg on top. That addition always makes me happy. Happy Reveal Day!

Sarah E September 29, 2015 - 10:08 am

I love dishes like this! I’ve had one that was a Tex Mex style and it was so good. :) I will have to add this to my to-make list!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories September 28, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Looks and sounds delicious!! What great choice! Someday I’ll have to try making cauliflower rice!

Susan September 28, 2015 - 7:26 pm

I wasn’t going to look at this, but now I think it would make an interesting lunch. Totally not the style of things I usually make, but it does sound good. Another gotcha! :-)

spiffycookie September 29, 2015 - 8:23 am

It honestly wasn’t something I would normally make either, which is actually why I picked it! Gotta branch out sometimes and it makes trying recipes from other bloggers fun.

Terri Oliver Steffes September 28, 2015 - 9:44 am

So fun to see one of your own recipes on someone else’s blog! Ha! The only reason it is Midwestern is that I made it different, and I am from the midwest. Although, I will say, we have a turkey processing plant 30 miles from my former home. I was also trying to reduce the calories and fat from the dish. I’m glad you found it comforting.

spiffycookie September 28, 2015 - 10:48 am

Haha fair enough! I did enjoy the cauliflower rice. I don’t use that enough.

Terri Oliver Steffes September 28, 2015 - 10:54 am

We try to use it more than regular rice, but sometimes you just need a carb. :)

Rebekah @ Making Miracles September 28, 2015 - 8:54 am

This looks so tasty – I’ve seen this dish featured before when watching a special about Hawaii! Fun pick for this month’s reveal day!

SallyBR September 28, 2015 - 8:15 am

Gosh, I’ve been in Hawaii so many times, never had a loco moco – must go back and search for it

great twist on the classic, love cauliflower anything! ;-)


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