2019 Derby Burger

Chimichurri Churchill Burger

by Lori Poe  from Montgomery County, KY



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2 lbs. Kentucky Cattlemen's Ground Beef

1 ripe avocado

1-1/4 cups shredded Mexican cheese

6 flour tortillas, burrito size

1 tbsp. salted butter, divided


Salsa Golf:

2 tbsp. of pimentos, drained and patted dry

1/4 cup mayo

1 - 1/2 tbsp. ketchup


Chimichurri Sauce:

4 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of parsley

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. salt + 1/2 tsp. pepper

3 tbsp. red wine vinegar






1. Shape beef into 1/3 lb. round patties. Place 3 patties in a skillet over medium heat, cooking for 10 -12 minutes, or until 160 F. Warm tortillas 20 - 30 seconds or so individually in skillet. 

2. Add 1/2 tbsp. of butter to skillet on medium to melt and spread around pan. Spread 2 tbsp. of Salsa Golf in center of tortilla and top with 2 tbsp. of shredded cheese blend. 

3. Top this with the burger. Spread 1 tbsp. of Chimichurri Sauce on burger and add sliced avocado. Top with 1 tbsp. of shredded cheese blend, then fold tortilla over the top of the burger and fold it over until it is completely covered with the tortilla. 

4. Place the tortilla folded side down in the buttered skillet until it is lightly browned. Flip and brown second side. Enjoy!


Cook's Tip:

To Grill: Place patties on grid over medium, ash covered coals. Grill, covered 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.

Don't forget to try the Derby Burger at select Kentucky Derby Festival Events including Kroger's Fest-a-Ville and BeerFest, in Louisville Kroger stores in May!




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check out last year's winning Derby Burger!




2018 Derby Burger

D to the Double B

by Jay Neubacher from Louisville, KY 




2 pounds Ground Beef

2 tablespoons olive oil

16 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms

1 onion, thinly sliced

6 Brioche hamburger buns

6 slices provolone cheese

6 pieces sliced bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled 


Spice Mix:

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning blend (such as Old Bay)

1 tablespoon bourbon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon chili powder

Burger Sauce:

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup ketchup

1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce



Shredded lettuce


  1. Make Spice Mix: Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Set aside. *Cook's tip: You may substitute smoked paprika for bourbon smoked paprika.
  2. Make Burger Sauce: Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, chipotle pepper and 2 teaspoons prepared Spice Mix in food processor or blender. Cover and pulse on and off until pureed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. *Cook's tip: Spice Mix and Burger Sauce can be prepared a day ahead. Store Burger Sauce covered in refrigerator.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms, onions, and 2 teaspoons Spice Mix; cook 20 minutes until mushrooms and onions are tender and browned, stirring occasionally. Remove; keep warm.
  4. Lightly shape Ground Beef into six 3/4 inch thick patties. Sprinkle with Spice Mix evenly onto patties (about 1/2 teaspoon per side).
  5. Place patties in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium head on preheated gas grill, 13 to 14 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place buns, cut-side down, on grid. Grill until lightly toasted. During last minute of grilling, top each burger with cheese. *Cook's tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal cooking temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness. You may substitute hamburger buns for brioche hamburger buns. 
  6. Place burgers on bottoms of buns. Top burgers with mushroom mixture and bacon. Top with Burger Sauce and lettuce. Close sandwiches. *Cook's tip: Extra Spice Mix and Burger Sauce can be used to season and dip your French fries!











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