2019 Kentucky Derby Burger Champion: The Chimichurri Churchill Burger

May 1, 2019
Churchill Chimichurri Burger

Hey, y’all!

Recently over on my Instagram, I shared the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Burger Competition (brought to you by the Kentucky Beef Council + held at Kroger). This year was an immense privilege because I got to be one of the judges!

Lori Poe of Montgomery County, Kentucky submitted this year’s winning burger. The Chimichurri Churchill Burger is a very interesting take on the classic — it features avocado, salsa golf, chimichurri, and is wrapped in a gorgeously browned tortilla. Simply put, it is delicious!

Churchill Chimichurri Burger

Full creative credit goes to Lori Poe; however, I had to share the recipe with y’all! All ingredients can be found at your local Kroger. As always, Kroger is your one-stop shop this Derby Season!

Chimichurri , JC Phelps (JCP Eats)

Lori Poe's Chimichurri Churchill Burger

Burger Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Kentucky Cattlemen’s ground beef
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 – 1/4 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 6 flour tortillas, burrito size
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, divided

Salsa Golf Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons pimentos, drained, and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1- 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
    • All ingredients are combined in a bowl until well-mixed.

Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients:

(best if made day in advance)

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Shape beef into 1/3 pound round patties.
  2. Place 3 patties in a skillet over medium heat, cooking for 10-12 minutes, or until 160o F.
  3. Warm tortillas 20-30 seconds or so individually in skillet.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to skillet – on medium – to melt and spread around pan.
  5. Spread 2 teaspoons of Salsa Golf in center of tortilla and top with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese blend.
  6. Top this with the burger.
  7. Spread 1 tablespoon of Chimichurri Sauce on burger and add sliced avocado
  8. Top with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese blend.
  9. Fold tortilla over the top of the burger and fold it over until it is completely covered with the tortilla.
  10. Place the tortilla, folded side down, in the buttered skillet until it is lightly browned.
  11. Flip and brown the second side.
  12. Enjoy!

You’ll love this recipe — and upon having a bite, you’ll realize as to why it won the competition this year!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This is not a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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