2024 Derby Burger Challenge

 Kentucky Beef Council and Kentucky Derby Festival have crowned the winning recipe, the 2024 Derby Burger Challenge champion. 

The 2024 Derby Burger Champion is the Derby P.L.T Burger from Stacy Hoehle of La Grange, KY. The following ingredients and directions will help you prepare this delicious burger!


-16 oz. Kentucky Cattlemen’s 80/20 Ground Beef 

-1T Dan-O’s Spicy Seasoning 

-4 brioche buns 

-4 Simple Truth Organic Living Butter Lettuce leaves 

-4 fried green tomato slices to desired thickness 

-4T St Elmos remoulade 

-3 oz. Private Selection Pimento Cheese 

-1/4 red onion, thinly sliced salt    


1. Combine ground beef and 1T Dan O’s Spicy Seasoning. 

2. Form four tightly packed burger patties and season to taste with salt. 

3. Grill or pan fry burgers to desired doneness.  

4. Warm buns 

5. Dress bottom bun with one leaf of lettuce, red onion slices, and 1T remoulade. 

6. Top with burger patty, the fried green tomato, about a rounded tablespoon of pimento cheese, and top bun.

Challenge Details

The judges have selected the top 8 burgers to be in the running for the 2021 Derby Burger Challenge! Online, public voting will take place February 21st-28th. The final four will be announced on March 6th, with the final live cookoff on March 12th.

Preliminary Judging Guidelines

  • Creativity
  • Burger descriptions, photos and videos that will make the judges crave a taste
  • Ease of Preparation

Winning Prize

The 2024 winner won prizes from Kentucky Beef Council, Kentucky Derby Festival and Kroger:

  • A grilling prize pack from Kentucky Beef Council including a grill
  • One 2024 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster
  • Local Brewery Tour for two
  • $100 Kroger gift card
  • Featured inside Louisville Kroger stores, including the recipe ingredients and recipe card
  • Your recipe will be promoted on Kentucky Beef Council and Kentucky Derby Festival websites and social media

Top 3 Finalists will receive a Kentucky Beef Council prize pack and one 2024 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster