Louisville Burger Week 2020: My Experience

August 23, 2020
Louisville Burger Week: CASK Louisville

Hey, y’all! Louisville Burger Week 2020 set out to make a lasting impression – and that it did. Before I chat about the burgers I enjoyed, I want to take a moment and applaud all of the participating restaurants. This was the most that I have been out in the city since March, given the state of the world; that said, though anxious, I was overly impressed with the safety precautions that were implemented. The service was top-notch, as was the food. The demands of Burger Week in a normal year can be overwhelming; thus, especially this year, I think all restaurants deserve a round of applause. With that being said, let’s chat about it: my experience with Louisville Burger Week 2020, presented by the Kentucky Beef Council.

This post is a collaboration with Kentucky Beef Council on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

Louisville Burger Week 2020, Presented by the Kentucky Beef Council

How It Went Down

I consider myself to be a Burger Week Champion. Last year, I tried every. single. burger. While I was tempted to do so again this year, I decided that my original goal was a little too ambitious. As such, I set out to try nine burgers around the city (at both some of my favorite restaurants in the 502 + some new-to-me spots!). I’m happy to report that I did just that. *applause*

Louisville Burger Week Passport 2020

Rule-Breaker

I have a confession: I broke my #1 Burger Week Rule this year. I visited the same restaurant twice. The burger was so good that I couldn’t resist. Keep reading to find out which restaurant had me coming back for more…

Burgers I Tried During the 2020 Louisville Burger Week: The Experience

Note: I will list these in no particular order, though will save my favorite for last.

JC Phelps of JCP Eats

I. Mark’s Feed Store (Highlands)

Mark’s Feed Stack: A juicy 8 oz burger basted with Mark’s Red Sauce, topped with American cheese, onion straws, fried pickles, and then drizzled with Mark’s White Bar-b-q sauce on top and served on a toasted bun.

JC’s note: Fantastic — always one of my favorites!

Louisville Burger Week: Mark's Feed Store

II. Drake’s – St. Matthews

Korean BBQ Burger: A fresh, never frozen patty with Korean BBQ glaze, crunchy Kimchi slaw & chili garlic mayo on a warm butter-toasted bun.

JC’s note: Drake’s burger patties are some of the best. I always look forward to their Burger Week offerings!

Louisville Burger Week: Drake's

III. Check’s – Germantown

BBQ Cheddar Burger: 1/4lb burger with house made bourbon bbq sauce and cheddar cheese, served on pretzel bun.

JC’s note: I was so happy to see neighborhood favorite, Check’s, as a part of Louisville Burger Week. They have such a great atmosphere + I loved the pretzel bun!

Louisville Burger Week: Check's Cafe, Germantown

IV. Cask Southern Kitchen and Bar

1/3 pound smash burger with pimento cheese, bacon, over medium fried egg, smoked tomato mayonnaise, + house made pickles on a brioche bun.

JC’s note: A new restaurant for me; I’m excited to go back to check out their standard menu. This was definitely one of the best burgers of the week for me!

Louisville Burger Week: CASK Louisville

V. Four Pegs Beer Lounge

Four Pegs Burger: 1/3 lb smash burger topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce.

JC’s note: Another neighborhood favorite, I was so happy to visit Four Pegs (I always am!). Great burger!

Louisville Burger Week: Four Pegs, Germantown

VI. Fork + Barrel

Fork + Barrel Burger: Grilled 6oz Burger, House Made Pimento Cheese, Spring Mix and Candied Bacon on a Pretzel Bun.

JC’s note: Great, as always. Do yourself a favorite and visit Fork + Barrel. It’s a fantastic local spot in the Clifton area.

Louisville Burger Week: Fork & Barrel, Frankfort Ave

VII. Napa River Grill

Barbecue Bacon Double Cheeseburger: Two 2 oz. patties of house ground brisket, top round, and Applewood bacon, packed with flavor on a potato bun with horseradish barbecue, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions and shredded lettuce.

JC’s note: NRG does everything right. Trust me on that one, y’all.

Louisville Burger Week: Napa River Grill, Westport Village

VIII. Six Fork Burger Company

Classic Bacon Cheeseburger: Double patty with cheddar cheese, chopped smoked applewood bacon and a 16 ounce Kool-aid!

JC’s note: The burger, Kool-aid, and owner? All top-notch. This was a new-to-me restaurant and I’m excited to visit it again (and again) in the Shelby Park neighborhood.

Louisville Burger Week: Six Forks Burger Company, Shelby Park

IX. FOKO

Tlayugueza Burger: A Mexican twist on an American Classic. The perfect combination of the classic diner style burger and Oaxacan street food staple, the Tlayuda. Smashed patty with spicy mayo-mustard, pickled red onions, lettuce and tomato. Sandwiched between two Tlayudas, one with a black bean spread, the other with melted asiago.

JC’s note: MY FAVORITE. Not only the most unique, but the most robust in flavor. The FOKO burger receives two thumbs up from me! As I said above, I broke my #1 Burger Week rule: I went back and had it twice. Located in Logan Street Market, you’ll love FOKO’s appreciation for their Mexican roots. Run, don’t walk, to visit them.

Louisville Burger Week: FOKO Louisville, Logan Street Market

A Kentucky Beef-Filled Dream

Beef… it’s just a little better in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, wouldn’t y’all agree?

I love Burger Week and I’m already counting down the days until next year. If y’all participated, which was your favorite? I loved meeting so many of y’all throughout the week + look forward to hopefully seeing you out and about in our city, supporting the local, diverse, first-rate restaurants that call Louisville home.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

Read about my past #502BurgerWeek experiences: here and here.

#kybeef #502burgerweek #beefitswhatsfordinner

Lori Mangum, Louisville Burger Week 2020

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