Kentucky Derby Beef Bites

By: oregonbeefcouncil

The Kentucky Derby is the quintessential spring event, and most the buzz is about the horses, hats and mint juleps. For me, I am all about the food!  All those amazing horses are really dang cool too.

This is a twist on a Kentucky Hot Brown. A traditional Kentucky Hot Brown is roasted turkey, mornay sauce, bacon and tomatoes. Being the carnivore and beef lover that I am, naturally I exchanged the roasted turkey for a big ‘ol burger and let me just say, YUMMY! If you put the burgers on a pretzel bun…  OMG, drool! I’ll warn you, the burgers are messy, thanks to wonderful juices from the patty, and of course all the melty sauce. But even if you’re dressed to the nines, the mess it more than worth the deliciousness that is this burger!

Here’s how to make them:

Hamburger Patty

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

Mornay Sauce

  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 1 C milk
  • freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional  to taste)
  • 1/2 C grated Swiss cheese

Mix together ground beef and sausage. Shape into 6 patties. Grill or pan fry to desired temperature.

In a medium saucepan, on medium-high heat melt the butter. add flour, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. (Do not let mixture brown.) Add the milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a low boil, about 2 minutes more. Season with salt (optional), pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese. Allow to cool slightly.

To assemble
Put patty onto bun, top with sauce, add slice of bacon and tomato.

If you’re entertaining a crowd, these can be delectable in bite sized offerings. I highly recommend exchanging the turkey for ground beef.

Another wonderful tradition of Kentucky Derby food is Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie… yes chocolate. Ya’all know I love chocolate almost as much as I do beef!  You can find the recipe here.


And because its tradition, mint juleps

What are your Triple Crown recipes?

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