Burger Week kicks off Friday. Here’s a peek at what to expect.

February 29, 2024 | 12:15 am

Updated March 12, 2024 | 1:59 pm

This year’s Owensboro Burger Week kicks off Friday and runs through March 9, with 40 locations participating. Here’s everything you need to know, including a peek at a few photos plus descriptions of every burger.

Each of the 40 participating businesses will offer a featured burger for $7. Some locations also include a side.

Here are just a few of the burgers you’ll be able to find:

You can view photos of all the burgers at owensboroburgerweek.com.

The complete list of participating businesses, along with the exact descriptions provided on the Burger Week website, is as follows:

  • AmVets Post 75
    Old Smoky
    A SMOKED 1/4 pound all beef burger patty topped with smoked cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, sweet BBQ sauce, pickles and an onion ring. The burger will be served with plain Lays chips.
  • Basil’s Food Truck
    The KY Dip Burger
    Hill View farms beef patty, shallot and bell peppers confit, comeback sauce, muenster cheese, crispy prosciutto, finished with an Ale-8 gastrique and Grippo’s dust, served with a Green River Bourbon au jus dipping sauce.
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
    The Secret Weapon Burger
    Our fresh premium blend angus burger grilled on our flat top & covered with melted swiss cheese, smoky bacon, crispy fried onion, & a generous drizzle of our secret weapon sauce.
  • Big Dipper
    Double Dipper Burger
    A double cheeseburger with American and ghost pepper cheese with bacon, sautéed peppers and onions. You can have it spicy with the ghost pepper cheese or for less heat have all American cheese.
  • Brew Bridge
    The Spicy BBQ Burger
    Burger Patty, Smoked Sausage, Cheddar, Spicy Bbq Sauce, Pickle
  • Burger Theory
    The Bacon Jam Burger
    A Certified Angus Beef patty with melted gouda cheese, smothered in bourbon bacon jam (made in house with Green River Bourbon), topped with lettuce and grilled jalapenos sits in between a toasted brioche bun.
  • Carnival Café
    Funnel Cake Burger
    100% juicy beef patty cooked to perfection, bacon slice, tangy pickle, crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, red/yellow onion, premium mustard & ketchup served on handmade mini funnel cakes, sprinkled with powder sugar (option to add American cheese).
  • The Cottage
    The Barnyard Burger
    Hillview Farms all beef hamburger topped with mild Cottage made buffalo Chicken Dip, Caramelized Onions, Crispy Bacon, Dill Pickles, and Lettuce on a freshly baked Niko’s Bakery Potato Bun. (Gluten Free buns will be available.) This burger will make your tastebuds go “Cluck-a-doodle-Moo!”
  • Curbside Kitchenette
    Philly Cheeseburger
    100% Black Angus Beef topped with sautéed tri-colored bell peppers, grilled onions, smoked Provolone cheese, shredded Lettuce, and Roasted garlic Aioli sauce.
  • Dee’s Diner
    The Flapjack Melt
    Bacon stuffed Black Angus ground beef patty, fried egg cooked to your preference, and gooey cheddar cheese stacked between two fluffy golden pancakes dusted with powdered sugar. Complimented with maple syrup for your dipping pleasure.
  • Don Mario
    Chipotle BBQ Burger
    Toasted brioche bun filled with a juicy beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, pickled jalapeños, crispy onions rings and a honey chipotle bbq sauce.
  • Drake’s
    Drake’s Sloppy Joe Burger
    A fresh, never frozen patty with ground beef sloppy joe mix, pepper jack, sautéed peppers & onions on a warm butter-toasted bun. Served ala carte. Dine-in only.
  • Gary’s Drive-In
    High Octane Burger
    We start with our 4 oz, fresh hamburger patty coated with a sharp, savory Big Turkey Foot coffee rub. We top it with a slice of rich provolone cheese and a crunchy, thin slice of granny smith apple. We don’t stop there. You asked and we listened, Memaw Pickrell’s slaw is back and will add a crisp, salty taste to polish it off. Sweet, creamy whipped cream cheese will cover the top and bottom of the fresh, baked-daily brioche bun. You will Savor the Flavor of this one; you don’t want to miss it!
  • Gene’s Health Food
    Good Shallot
    Our vegetarian garden burger. Paired with tomato, cheese, and spring mix topped with our house made shallot aioli and chipotle bbq sauce on a sprouted grain bun. All Organic.
  • Goodwood Owensboro
    Little Piggy’s PB&J Burger
    Smoky house made peanut butter barbecue sauce, pulled pork, burger patty with Swiss cheese, pickled red onion, and house made jalapeño jelly. Vegetarian option also available.
  • Jordy’s
    The Hawaiian Burger
    Beef patty, American cheese, hotdog slices, ham, red onions, pineapple & a little touch of our homemade sauce to give it that Hawaiian taste.
  • J’s Good Grub
    Dirty Diana
    Just Like the multi-platinum Michael Jackson banger that dropped in 1987, we bring you a multi-platinum burger. Specs include a 1/4 lb burger with melted cheddar over bacon, our signature Bourbon Sauce mixed with our famous Cajun Ranch Sauce topped with the famous Cajun Ranch Fries on a toasted Brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and Bourbon Pickles.
  • Kentucky Legend Café at Owensboro Convention Center
    Bourbon Bacon Jam Burger
    ¼ lb Creekstone Burger, Topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bourbon Bacon Jam, Lettuce, Tomato and Pickles served on a Toasted Brioche Bun.
  • Kim’s Diner
    Big Daddy’s BBQ Burger
    Fresh ground beef patty with two pieces of cheese, bacon, bbq pulled pork, grilled onions, and pickles on bun.
  • Libertalia Coffee and Bagels
    The Grippo Bagel Burger
    1/3 lb locally raised beef patty, smeared with sweet n spicy Grippo-whipped cream cheese and lettuce. Topped with Memphis sweet bbq sautéed onions and crunchy grippos! All on a real New York bagel!
  • Lizzie’s Diner
    Cheddar Garlic Biscuit Sliders
    Two 3oz. ground beef sliders topped with our special recipe tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on our made from scratch Cheddar Garlic Biscuits. Served with a side of creamy Italian cole slaw.
  • Lure Seafood & Grille
    French Onion Soup Burger
    A Quarter Pound Burger with fresh local Beef from Harralson Farms topped with Guyer Cheese, a duo of Caramelized Onions and Crispy Fried Onions, Arugula, Roasted Garlic and Herb Dijonaise on a Toasted Bun with a side of French Onion Jus for dipping.
  • Lure Smoke Shack
    Banh Mi Burger
    Smoked Quarter Pound Burger with fresh local Beef from Harralson Farms, Korean Barbecue Sauce, Lemongrass and Chili Mayo, Pickled Carrots and Onions, Sliced Chilis, Cilantro, and Basil on a Toasted Bun. (Gluten Free Buns Available)
  • Mellow Mushroom
    The Hula Burger
    Bun, patty, cheddar, grilled pineapple ring, & BBQ sauce
  • The Miller House
    Havarti and Herb Burger
    Fresh ground beef patty topped with house made garlic aioli, grilled tomato & Havarti cheese on a toasted brioche bun.
  • Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn
    Pappy’s Burger
    1/4 Fresh Hamburger grilled and topped with Moonlite’s homemade pimiento cheese, drizzled with Pappy’s very hot sauce and crowned with fried onion rings and sweet pickle.
  • Niko’s Bakery & Café
    Bulgogi Burger
    Scratch-made Gochujang Black Sesame Bun, Hill View Farm’s beef, Seymour Farm’s bibb lettuce, bulgogi sauce, miso aioli, pickled onions and pears.
  • Norman McDonald’s Country Drive-In
    The Spicy Texan
    “The Spicy Texan” features our 1/4 pound beef patty with American cheese, our spicy secret sauce, Serrano peppers, lettuce, tomato and onion served on a toasted bun. We will be serving our burger with a side of our creamy, homemade coleslaw.
  • O’Bryan’s Bar and Grill
    O’Besto Burger
    A quarter-pound patty on a toasted bun smothered in gouda cheese and loaded with bacon, onion, lettuce and pesto genovese. It comes with your choice of fries, tots or seasoned fries.
  • O’Charley’s
    CHUX’s Burn Me Up Burger
    Two smashed patties topped with pepper jack cheese, two slices of apple wood smoked bacon, white queso, fresh pico de gallo and hand breaded fried jalopenos on a toasted bun.
  • Old Hickory Bar-B-Que
    Emily Burger
    1/4 lb Angus hamburger topped with pimento cheese, spicy bread and butter pickles, onion straws, and our famous Old Hickory BourbonQue sauce.
  • Ole South BBQ
    Bomb Burger
    1/3 pound pure beef patty full of flavor on flipped grilled and buttered bun. We have taken cheddar, pepper jack with chopped jalapeno and formed into a cheese patty that we are deep frying in a crispy breading. Topped with 2 strips of crispy thick bacon then drizzled with our own Hot N Smokey BBQ sauce.
  • Opportunity Center of Owensboro
    The OC Cinnaburger
    A mouthwatering combination of sweet and savory, this burger is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Our juicy patty is topped with provolone cheese, crispy bacon, and tangy apple butter, all nestled between two halves of a cinnamon roll with icing drizzled on top. It’s a unique and unforgettable burger experience that you won’t want to miss.
  • Pamir Afghan Cuisine
    The Pamir Burger
    A fresh authentic wrap with fresh ground and seasoned beef with fresh cut French fries, lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Served with ketchup and yogurt sauce.
  • Preservation Station Family Restaurant
    Sassy Southern Bourbon Burger
    Brioche bun, burger, homemade pimento cheese, homemade bourbon bacon jam, and a fried Green tomato.
  • Real Hacienda
    Cho-Shrimp Burger
    Toasted brioche bun smothered with siracha mayo sauce filled with a juicy beef patty, chorizo, melted queso and jumbo shrimp.
  • Ritzy’s of Owensboro
    BBQ Jack Burger
    Onion ring, pepperjack cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce!
  • Shiloh’s Lounge & Grill
    Sauteed onions & peppers, fried egg, American & Swiss cheese, topped with one onion ring and nacho cheese, oh and don’t forget our homemade chipotle sauce! Tomato, lettuce, etc. can be added.
  • Windy Hollow Biscuit House
    Crab Rangoon Burger
    Our ¼ pound beef patty is topped with our warm house-made Crab Rangoon and crispy fried wonton strips then drizzled with sweet chili sauce on a toasted bun.
  • Wonder Whip
    Pangea Kitchen Pizza Burger
    100% beef Wonderburger patty topped with hand sliced Boar’s Head pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, banana peppers and scratch made meatball sauce from award winning Pangea Kitchen in Evansville.

Participating restaurants will compete for bragging rights as the “best burger” determined by an independent group of judges. Throughout the week, the featured burgers will be randomly purchased from each participating restaurant and judges will score each burger experience based on numerous categories.

February 29, 2024 | 12:15 am

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