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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kentucky Hot Brown Burgers

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend. We aren't horse racing fans, but we always watch the Kentucky Derby. I actually prefer the food over all of it! Mint Juleps, Hot Browns, Derby Pie - I love all of it!

This is a twist on a Kentucky Hot Brown. A traditional Kentucky Hot Brown is roasted turkey, mornay sauce, bacon and tomatoes. I swapped out the roasted turkey for a burger and the result was amazing! I served the burgers on a pretzel bun - OMG, delicious! These are kind of messy, but totally worth it!

Here are a few of my other favorite Derby Party recipes:

Kentucky Hot Brown Burgers
serves 6
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb sausage

  • Mornay Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Gruyère or Swiss

  • 6 slices cooked bacon
  • 6 slices tomato
  • 6 hamburger buns

Combine ground beef and sausage. Shape into 6 hamburger patties. Grill to desired temperature. We cook the burgers about 3 minutes on each side.

Mornay Sauce
Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. (Do not let mixture brown.) Add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a low boil, and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese. Allow to cool slightly.

To assemble burgers:
Place burger onto of bun, top with some mornay sauce, slice of bacon and slice of tomato.

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  1. I LOVE Hot Brown Sandwiches so am so excited to see your burgers. Please excuse this seemingly ignorant question but what type of "sausage" are you referring to?--a breakfast type, Italian? Thanks and LOVE all of your recipes!

  2. Where did you get the pretzels buns?

  3. Oye Steph you take the most mouth watering food pictures! I am so wishing I had this for breakfast, lol. :)

  4. Sounds like a good excuse for a PARTY! Yum!

  5. These look soooo good. We don't watch the derby but I'm always there for a good burger!

  6. Looks super good Steph but how did you get it in your mouth :-)

  7. Up until a couple of years ago, I had not heard of "Hot Brown" A friend and I went to Atlanta,Ga and while there she took me to the "Dwarf House Chick-fil-A, and we ordered Hot Browns. Now let me tell you this Chick-fil-a is the original Chick-sil-a! and it is nothing like any of the other Chick-fil-a's, Anyway that was the first time I had had one and it was really good. And of course it was made with chicken. So I am going to try and make one for my hubby.
    thanks for the recipe!

  8. Wowza, that burger with all of its melty cheese goodness looks to die for! :) Burger heaven for sure!


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