Meet the burger that was featured in the final four of the Kentucky Derby Festival Burger Challenge, created by Hall’s own Charli McIlvain. You can download this recipe as a printable PDF here.
- 1 lb. Ground Beef
- ½ cup Diced White Onion
- ½ cup Diced Uncooked Bacon
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- ½ tsp Cumin
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
- 2 Small Egg, beaten and divided in half
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 2 cup Pickled Banana Pepper Rings (Mild or Hot), drained
- 2 cups Half and Half
- 8 oz Hall’s Original Beer Cheese Container
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Nonstick Cooking Spray
- 4 Pretzel Buns
Directions for (Air) Fried Banana Peppers
- Combine 1 beaten egg with a cup of milk and whisk together until blended.
- Drop banana peppers into the mixture and let sit for five minutes.
- Preheat air fryer to 350° for five minutes.
- Place breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and remove banana peppers one by one from milk and egg mixture. Fully coat banana peppers in breadcrumbs.
- Repeat until all banana peppers are coated in breadcrumbs (place each pepper on plate once coated).
- Remove air fryer basket and spray with preferred nonstick cooking spray.
- Using tongs, place banana peppers side-by-side in basket (two batches may be necessary depending on the size of your air fryer).
- Cook for six minutes at 350° setting, flipping halfway through.
- Remove fried banana peppers and set aside.
Directions for Beer Cheese Sauce Topping
- Sauté bacon for three minutes on medium heat until golden.
- Add in diced white onions and continue to cook for an additional three minutes, until onions have softened.
- Lower heat to low setting and pour in half and half. Cook until slightly bubbling, approx. four minutes.
- Fold in an 8 oz container of Hall’s Original Beer Cheese.
- Continue to stir cheese sauce on low heat until beer cheese is blended, and the mixture is bubbling.
- Turn heat off and leave on stove.
Directions for Burgers
- Place beef with salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, and Dijon mustard in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour in the remaining beaten egg. Combine all contents using hands or a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended.
- Heat a skillet or large grilling pan on medium heat for approx. two minutes.
- Divide the meat mixture into four equal parts.
- Drizzle pan with olive oil and place four patties equidistant apart.
- Grill for five minutes on each side for medium, add an extra two minutes for well-done.
- Remove from pan and place each burger on a toasted pretzel bun.
- Place each burger on individual serving plates open-faced, adding equal portions of fried banana peppers.
- Return cheese sauce to low heat setting and heat until slightly bubbling.
- Remove from heat and immediately ladle a generous portion of cheese sauce over banana pepper rings stacked on individual burgers.
- Place pretzel buns on each burger and enjoy!