What Is Kentucky's Favorite Cookout Food?

Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

The weather is warming and we’re heading into cookout season. Folks are cleaning out the grills, buying the propane, and checking the Internet for new recipes.

BetKentucky.com set out to find the favorite cookout food in every state, and in Kentucky, as in 10 other states, the choice is hamburgers.

We are getting hungry for Kentucky sports betting to come to the Bluegrass State, but for now, we are hungry for cookout foods.

Favorite Cookout Food Item By State

As you can see below, there are five cookout food essentials according to the 50 States:

  • Ribs (19 states): Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming
  • Hamburgers (10 states): Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma
  • Hot Dogs (10 states): Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Wings (6 states): Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania
  • Grilled Chicken (5 states): Hawaii, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and Vermont


The Hamburger Is King In Kentucky

Ironically, overseas, the “Kentucky Burger” is made with fried chicken perhaps because Kentucky Fried Chicken has been known to call a fried chicken cutlet sandwich a burger.

But Kentucky is far more than chicken and if Kentuckians love cooking burgers it’s because they have so many great burgers to choose from. if you’re thinking beef, the kitchen hoor Kentucky Burger takes a chopped meat patty and tops it with pimento cheese, beer cheese, fried bourbon onions and pickled okra. That sure sounds like Kentucky.

The Kentucky Hot Brown Burger from callmepmc, uses spice-filled ground turkey for its patty and tops it with ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a bechamel cheese sauce. Your cardiologist may not say yum, but you will. 

If you’re looking for burger ideas for your Kentucky cookouts, we scoured the Internet to find you the best burger joints in Kentucky. The problem is that every list was different. There are too many great burgers to choose from. The Lexington Diner is well-known for its Kentucky Bourbon Burger. Or try the Black and Bleu Burger at Blinkers Tavern in Covington, Belew’s Dairy Bar in Aurora has been serving up burgers since 1951, the Big Dipper in Owensboro has been bringing the beef since 1954. 

Guy Fieri could do an entire season of “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives” just on Kentucky burger spots because some of the diviest are some of the best.

But since it’s Kentucky Derby week, Grind Burger in Louisville has had their veggie burger featured on “DDD.” For meat eaters, the better choice at Grind is the Southern Burger, topped with sharp cheddar pimento cheese, bacon, and spicy dill pickles. You can also get a burger at Churchill Downs, and although tasty, it’s not as tasty as a longshot winner.

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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