Derby Burger Challenge







Here’s How it Works:

From January 25th to March 12th (now extended from 3/1), you’ll submit your best beef burger recipes right here. Make sure you include a photo or a video – you’ll want voters to have a good visual of your delicious burger!

We’ll choose 8 preliminary finalists for a public vote that we’ll host right here on our website from March 15th-21st.  The following guidelines will be used in preliminary judging:

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

The top four Derby Burger Recipes with the most votes, will move on to a second and final round of voting. This Final Round will take place from March 22nd-28th to determine the winning burger.

Louisville area Kroger stores will feature the winning recipe. The winning burger will be showcased on Derby Festival and Kentucky Beef Council’s websites and social channels.


Download the Official Rules HERE for 2021!


The Winner Will Receive:

  • One 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster
  • $100 gift certificate to Kroger
  • Featured inside Louisville Kroger stores, including the recipe ingredients and recipe card
  • A grilling prize pack from the Kentucky Beef Council including a Grill!
  • Your recipe will be promoted on Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Beef Council websites and social media channels
  • Local Brewery Tour for two


The Top 3 Finalists will receive:

  • Kentucky Beef Council prize pack
  • One 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster


Don’t Forget:

  • Your Burger recipe must be made with Beef!
  • You must include a Social-Worthy photo or video of your finished recipe this year, when you’re done. (This will come in handy during the voting portion of the competition!)
  • This year, we will only be accepting 2 recipe entries per person – the first two submitted from each participants


Photo & Video Guide

This year, with two rounds of voting, photos and videos are more important than ever! We’re looking for photos or videos that showcase your burger, your cooking process, or even spotlight YOU the Chef and why you’re entering.

Whether it’s one outstanding photo, or a short video clip shot on your phone, we’re looking for something that makes our mouth water!


Things to keep in mind:

    • Your recipe is still the star, the photo or video is just to showcase it.
    • You can submit any photo or video format or size, just make sure we can see your burger (or you!) clearly – even a phone camera works!


Ways to share Your Video with Us:

    • Share your video on social (Youtube, Facebook, Instagram or TikTok) and put the direct link to your post, video or TikTok in your submission form.
    • Upload your video to a sharing service like Dropbox, Vimeo or Google Drive, and share the link to access.


    • Send an email with a recipe video attachment to with the subject line “Derby Burger Video Entry” and your name.

Kentucky Cattlemen’s Ground Beef is a fresh, natural (no artificial ingredients, minimally processed) product sourced from Kentucky farm families who share a commitment to animal care and the environment.

From farm to table, we support Kentucky cattlemen and local businesses to provide the Bluegrass with a delicious ground beef product.

When you buy Kentucky Cattlemen’s Ground Beef you can feel confident in purchasing a great tasting product while supporting local Kentucky communities.