Kentucky Hot Brown Burger

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I turned the famous sandwich into a Kentucky Hot Brown Burger! It’s hearty, delicious, and a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken.

If you’re on the lookout for a mouthwatering dish that’s both easy to make and packs a punch of flavor, look no further than the Kentucky Hot Brown Slider. This delightful creation combines the savory goodness of ground turkey, the rich flavors of caramelized onions, and the irresistible crunch of bacon—all neatly packed into a slider bun.

Kentucky Hot Brown Burger

Kentucky Hot Brown Burger

The Kentucky Hot Brown Burger is a variation of the traditional Hot Brown, an open-faced sandwich that originated at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The classic Hot Brown consists of turkey and bacon covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crispy and the sauce is bubbly.

Kentucky Hot Brown Burger

The burger version adapts these elements into a burger format. You could include a ground turkey or turkey patty, bacon, and a Mornay sauce, all served on a bun. The Mornay sauce is a béchamel sauce with shredded or grated Gruyère cheese and sometimes Parmesan. The resulting burger is a fusion of the classic Hot Brown flavors with the popular burger format.

The flavors of this Kentucky Hot Brown Burger are just too good: bacon, cheese, chicken…did I mention bacon?

Also, read How to Grill Burgers. Learn how to master grilling burgers on gas, charcoal, or pellet grills.

🛒 Ingredients you’ll need

  • ground turkey, I used 83% lean
  • onion, diced and caramelized
  • paprika
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • parsley
  • ground red pepper
  • deli ham
  • bacon, cooked crisp
  • slider buns, or regular buns
  • Roma tomatoes sliced
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • Half of this recipe> Cheese Sauce

🍽 What to serve with

These burgers will be so good with my Skillet Potatoes or this Twice Baked Potato Casserole and baked beans with hamburger.

Kentucky Hot Brown Burger

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This burger is a flavor-packed journey for your taste buds. The combination of well-seasoned ground turkey, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and a dreamy cheese sauce creates a slider that’s both comforting and exciting. It’s the perfect dish for a casual gathering or a weeknight treat. So, why not give it a try and savor the deliciousness of this simple yet satisfying creation? Your taste buds will thank you!

KY hot brown burger

Kentucky Hot Brown Burger

The famous traditionally open-faced sandwich gets turned to a burger slider.
Author: Paula
5 from 38 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 1 pound ground turkey I used 83% lean
  • ½ cup onion died and caramelized
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 6 slices deli ham
  • 6 slices bacon cooked crisp
  • 6 regular slider buns
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes sliced
  • 6 medium Romaine lettuce leaves
  • Cheese Sauce half this recipe>


  • Prepare Cheese sauce and set aside. (or Low Fat cheese sauce recipe)
  • Mix caramelized onions, paprika, salt, pepper, parsley, red pepper and turkey together. Divide into 6 equal sized burgers.
  • Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add burgers cooking 5 minutes, turn to second side and cook an additional 4 minutes. Do not squish burgers with the spatula, you will press all the flavorful juice out! Layer ham and bacon on burgers during the last 1 to 2 minutes of cook time to heat them.
  • While burgers are cooking toast buns.
  • Layer burgers, ham, bacon, cheese sauce, tomatoes and lettuce on bottom bun. Place top bun on and enjoy!


Serving: 3oz sliders | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. This is my kind of eating. It can’t be anything but good and I am a potato lover, too!

  2. Oh Paula, I am totally loving this burger (it makes my tummy growl every time I see it:))) Just pinned and will be sharing on Facebook as one of this week’s Features at Freedom Fridays!!


  3. Dear Paula, These burgers look so good! Boy could I go for one now! And they photography just beautifully. Blessings dear, Catherine xo

  4. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the mac and cheese from last week and now you’ve done this one… holy moly, girl!! I just barely saw this on g+ and I think it had me in a trance. Seriously! Already on the pin board for dinner… and on the grocery list! (Serious, again.) Hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday, Paula!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! My family loved this burger, I was thinking ‘why have I never thought of this before’ 🙂

  5. Ok, girl, that burger looks seriously fabulous! I would love to have that for lunch right now! Awesome photo, too! Pinning! We had a bummer football weekend, too! Now it’s Monday, so have a great day today!

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