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Kentucky Derby Bourbon Burger

This burger signifies the two most important parts of Kentucky culture: The Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Bourbon. The combination of these, once a year on the first Saturday in May, is what influenced me to design this tasty burger. This recipe is my way of sharing with others Kentucky's crown jewels. The unique taste of bourbon combined with the smoky effect of the cumin and gouda, along with the peppery taste of the arugula creates a taste that is as unique as it is delicious. This burger is pure Kentucky; the state that is the hallmark for horse racing and the Bourbon Trail.


1 lb Ground sirloin
A palmful of grill seasoning
2 tablspoons of worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of bourbon
1/4 cup of brown sugar
A container of sliced mushrooms (cleaned with a damp songe or cloth)
1/4 cup of chopped yellow onion
Buttter(for both the mushrooms/onion mixture and the buns) Chopped arugula
2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup of Mayonaisse
Juice of one lemon
4 slices of smoked gouda
4 kaiser buns
****Extra Virgin Olive Oil*****


First take fresh ground sirloin and place in a mixing bowl. Add a good palmful of the grill seasoning, the worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, ground cumin and bourbon. To this mixture add the brown sugar. Combine this mixtrure well, but do not over mix the mixture as you do not want it to become dry or tough. Score the mixture into four sections by hand and coat the burgers with the extra virgin olive oil. Light your gas grill and place the burgers on medium heat. Leave them alone and let them cook for 4-5 minutes before flipping them. Meanwhile, preheat a pan on the stove on medium heat. Add butter and extra virgin olive oil to pan. When this melts down add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onions. Let these saute together till they are fully cooked approximately 6-7 minutes. Next, use a bowl to mix the mayonaisse and the dijon mustard togethere along with the juice of one lemon. Stir mixture together and set aside. Afterwards, butter the buns and add them to the grill for toasting in the last few minutes of cooking the burgers. Add the smoked gouda to the burgers while still on the grill the last two minutes of cooking. The cheese will melt nicely. Remove the burgers after 4-5 minutes on each side for medium rare. Place burgers on toasted bottom bun, add mushroom/onion mixture, chopped arugula and dress top bun with the dijon mustard/mayo combination. Lastly, add the top bun to the burger and Enjoy!


This receipe is meant to be a delicious burger that is far from ordinary, but still simple enough to be cooked within a short amount of time. I developed this recipe with ingredients that are readily available in any local grocery store, and are not taxing on one's budget. This receipe is one that can done to spice up a mid-week meal, while still being easy enough to make after a long day. Also, this receipe would be one that is perfect for entertaining, and of course, as a main dish for your next Derby Party!