Derby Burger Champion: Kentucky Beef Council seeks best recipe

It’s that time of year again — time to start talking about hamburgers.

Recipes are now being accepted for the ninth annual search for the Derby Burger Champion, as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Do you have the best burger recipe in town? (Photo: John P. Wise)

Participants are encouraged to use creative descriptions, photos and names of their burgers as part of their submissions.

Since the competition is sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council, it makes sense that all burgers must be 100-percent beef.

The recipes are judged based on taste, appearance, creativity and ease of preparation. The winning burger will be featured at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville during the Derby Festival, and sampled at BeerFest presented by Liberty Financial. Official rules of the competition can be found online at

“This competition showcases two of our state’s favorite things – Kentucky beef and a delicious burger,” Kentucky Beef Council spokeswoman Katelyn Hawkins said in a statement. “With so many talented chefs in Kentucky restaurants and home kitchens, we’re excited to see what kind of burgers they cook up for us this year.”

The winning chef will receive four VIP tickets to Thunder Over Louisville, four tickets to a concert at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, tickets to BeerFest, as well as a $100 gift certificate to Kroger, a feature inside Louisville Kroger stores and a grilling prize pack from Kentucky Beef Council.

Submit your entry here before March 9.

Download the Derby City Weekend App: Apple // Android

FOLLOW @DerbyCityWknd on social media: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter