By Debbie Arrington
Eric Moore knows his burgers. Soon, the 9-year-old Roseville boy will be a published recipe author, too.
His creation - Blackened Avocado Bacon Burger - was chosen from more than 11,000 entries to be part of fourth annual Red Robin Kids' Cookoff Cookbook.
Moore's recipe along with 49 others submitted by young chefs ages 6 to 12 will be included in the cookbook, available free online at Red Robin's Web site, starting Tuesday.
With the Food Network's Robin Miller serving as judge, the cookbook recipes were chosen based on their inventive combination of ingredients, fun flavors and a 100-word essay on why this recipe should be America's next "gourmet burger."
Moore's recipe combines a blackened hamburger patty, sliced avocado, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, Cajun spice and thick-cut smoked bacon on a hamburger bun.
Top prize went to 10-year-old Emma Potts from Bonney Lake, Wash., and her Spicy Honey Glazed Bacon Burger. That burger will be added to Red Robin menus for six weeks with 50 cents from each purchase donated to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Got a great burger recipe? Red Robin is starting on its fifth annual cookbook. Young cooks ages 6 to 12 can submit their gourmet burger recipe entries online by clicking here, starting Tuesday.
The grand prize winner gets a family vacation for four to Universal Orlando Resort, Red Robin gift cards for a year as well as a burger on the menu. Deadline is Sept. 12.
Call The Bee's Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075.