Derby Burger Challenge

Burger Ingredients
1 lb. 80/20 ground beef
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 cup ground coffee
1 cup cocoa powder
½ lb. sliced provolone cheese
4 pretzel buns
5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Bourbon Pickled Red Onions
 2 cups bourbon
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup honey
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
4 sprigs fresh thyme
Mason jars/containers

Burger Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl gently work 1 Tbsp. kosher salt and 1 Tbsp. cracked black pepper into 1 lb. of ground beef
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of ground coffee and 1 cup of cocoa powder
  3. Separate ground beef into equally portions and pat out evenly to make patties. Place each patty in the coffee/cocoa mixture and coat each surface is covered in powder
  4. Once coated, cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes per side
  5. Place slice of provolone cheese on top of each burger patty immediately after cooking to melt
  6. Mix 5 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil with 1 Tbsp. kosher salt and brush over top of each pretzel bun before grilling or toasting bus in the oven for 90 seconds
  7. Transfer each burger patty to a pretzel bun and top with desired number of Bourbon Pickled Red Onions

Bourbon Pickled Red Onions

  1. In a stock pot bring to a soft boil 2 cups of bourbon, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, and 1 cup of honey
  2. Add 4 sprigs of fresh thyme to  mason jars or containers along with 1 Tbsp. of kosher salt and 1 Tbsp. of black peppercorns
  3. Thinly slice the red onion and place into containers
  4. Once the liquid has reach a soft boil, pour mixture over the onions making sure to cover completely
  5. Seal mason jars or containers allowing them to reach room temperature before refrigerating 2 days prior to serving


From March 13 to April 15, all purchasers of fresh ground beef at any of the Kentuckiana Kroger stores (excluding Lexington locations) will receive a coupon at checkout (on the bottom of the receipt).  The message includes an entry code to register online for a chance to win VIP tickets to a Waterfront Jam Concert at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville or BeerFest Presented by American Founders Bank.



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