2020 Derby Burger Champion finalists named

Burger fans have spoken! Nearly 4,000 beef lovers voted online to help pick the Top 4 finalists for this year’s Derby Burger Challenge, sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. This year’s finalists include:

  • Lori Poe of Mt. Sterling, with the Southern Charm Burger, Filled with flavors of the south, this beef burger is topped with pimento cheese spread, creamy potato salad, cucumber onion salad, melted Colby jack cheese and sprinkled with lettuce, all on a sweet challah bun.
  • Greg Schaad of Louisville, with The Big Brown Butter Burger, A brioche bun loaded with the warm toasted taste of brown butter combined with rich gruyere, shallots, and juicy tomato, all to top off a juicy beef burger.
  • Donna Gribbins of Shelbyville, with the Bourbon Blackberry Bacon Cheeseburger, Saucy, fruity and surprising. This burger packs its flavor in the savory bourbon sauce, and blackberry jam topped with bacon, lettuce, and cheddar cheese on a beef patty on a brioche bun.  
  • Scott Wisdom of Louisville, with the Win Place Show Burger, This burger pairs deep flavors of smoked cheddar cheese and spicy Asian aioli on a beef patty. Then add a fan-favorite, the Pretzel bun to complete the full recipe!

The burgers now move into the Final Round of judging for the competition, which will also be held online. Fans can vote for their favorite burger now through Friday, August 15th. The competition, in its tenth year, moved completely online due to COVID-19. You can vote by clicking here.

Burgers will be judged on taste, appearance, creativity and ease of preparation.

The 2020 winning burger will be featured inside Louisville-area Kroger stores from August 26 – September 8. Recipe cards will be available, as well as a showcase of ingredients for shoppers to purchase to make their own Derby Burgers.

The winning chef also receives VIP tickets to 2021 Thunder Over Louisville, 2021 VIP Experience at Waterfront Jam, tickets to 2021 BeerFest, as well as a $100 gift certificate to Kroger and a grilling package from Kentucky Beef Council.

All recipes submitted for the 2020 Derby Burger Challenge will be automatically entered into the 2021 competition.