2020 KDF Derby Burger Recipe: Bourbon Blackberry Glazed Bacon Cheeseburger

Donna Gribbins, the 2020 Derby Burger Challenge Winner, had the perfect recipe for an extraordinary year. With the rich flavors of the three B’s: bourbon, bacon and blackberries, this Cheeseburger has it all!

Bourbon BlackBerry Glazed Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe

Saucy, fruity and surprising. This burger packs its flavor in the savory bourbon sauce, and blackberry jam topped with bacon, lettuce, and cheddar cheese on a beef patty on a brioche bun.  

Burger Ingredients:

  • 2 Lbs ground sirloin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Bourbon Brown Sugar Seasoning
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp grated onions
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 2 egg yolks Bourbon BlackBerry Glaze
  • 1/2 cup BlackBerry jam
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Burger Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Bourbon Brown Sugar Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Bourbon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • 8 slices cooked peppered bacon
  • Butter lettuce
  • 8 slices Smoked Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Toasted Brioche Buns Burger


1. Toast buns. Cook bacon.

2. In a small saucepan combine bourbon, blackberry jam and smoked paprika to make glaze. Heat until the jam melts and flavors combine.

3. In a small bowl combine mayo, bourbon, bourbon brown sugar seasoning and paprika to form burger sauce. Set aside.

4. In a large bowl combine beef, grated onion, minced garlic, egg yolks, smoked paprika, bourbon brown sugar seasoning, salt, black pepper and worchestershire sauce to make your burger mixture.

5. Form burgers and grill to desired doneness. When you turn the burgers glaze with your bourbon blackberry glaze.

6. Top with cheddar cheese and cook just til the cheese melts. Place on buns. Top with cook bacon. Lettuce and burger sauce. Serve hot.