It takes a state to grow a hamburger, shake and fries.

Photo by Debbie Swensen

Add a juicy, beef hamburger

Most Washington cattle ranches are found east of the Cascade Mountains and in the highlands of the Snake, Yakima and Columbia River valleys where the steep and rugged land is not practical for farming.

Best Burger Recipe (Remember to cook hamburger to 160°; insert a thermometer.)

Side of fries please!

Enjoy a favorite Washivore meal, fresh to you courtesy of Washington farmers, ranchers and dairymen.

Let's start with the bun. 

In the wind-blown, hilly Palouse country of southeast Washington, Whitman County has consistently been the No. 1 wheat-producing county in the United States every year since 1978!  Washington wheat farmers grow five classes of wheat: soft white, hard red winter, hard red spring, hard white and durum. Every class of wheat has different purposes. The protein content, bran coat color, milling and baking qualities all determine the most suitable end uses for each type of wheat. The Northwest is the largest producer of white wheat in the United States, and a major supplier for both national and international markets.

Next comes onions, lettuce and tomatoes for garnish

Washington Fresh Produce Farmers

Vegetable farms near urban areas in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties supply local markets with fresh vegetables. In addition, fresh vegetables are grown in areas with long growing seasons like Walla Walla, Pasco, Kennewick and Yakima.

Sweet onions grow in the soils around Walla Walla.

Add favorite condiments, like mayo made from canola oil.

Canola, which provides oil for cooking and condiments, grows in central and eastern Washington.  Local processors provide growers with excellent access to process  their crop.

And a frothy cold berry shake for desert!

Strawberries and raspberries benefit from the mild climate and abundant rain in western valleys that drain into Puget Sound. The taste of fresh strawberries kicks off summer in the Northwest while the other berries follow close behind. Blueberries are grown on both sides of the Cascades.

Large scale dairies are found in Whatcom, Yakima and Lewis counties making fresh milk for ice-cream available in the state only hours away from where it is produced.