Brendan Heap is only 10 years old but he's already a published chef.
The Los Gatos boy's recipe for "Sweet and Soy Sliders" was picked by the Red Robin restaurant chain to be featured their annual kids cookbook.
Brendan's creation was one of 50 picked from a pool of 14,000 entries into the "Red Robin Kids’ Cook-Off" contest, aimed at budding chefs from 6-12 years old.
Take ground chuck, soy sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper, barbeque seasoning, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice, mix them together and surround it all with a Hawaiian roll and you'll have Brendan's winning sliders.
Brendan says he think his burger deserved to be America’s next gourmet burger because:
"It’s small enough for kids to eat or as an appetizer. It holds together well and has a lot of flavor. It is not too sweet or too spicy. All of the flavor is inside the meat, which keeps it moist and you don’t have to add a lot of stuff to it. Kids would like to have more choices besides just a small burger or cheeseburger, and I think this would be the perfect choice."
Red Robin partnered with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for the contest to push back-to-school safety tips and raise awareness about missing children.
You can download the 50 Gourmet Burger Creations cookbook for free at Red Robin's website. Brendan's sliders are on page 35.