Coffee Rubbed Homemade Burgers


Coffee Dry Rub

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground coffee
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 Tbsp ground coriander

Cola and Coffee BBQ Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic roughly minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 oz Dr Pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper3
  • Tbsp brewed coffee


  • 2 lbs Angus ground beef 85/15
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream or extra bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Brioche or pretzel buns
  • green leaf or arugula lettuce
  • 8 slices cooked bacon


  1. Make the Dry Rub
  2. Combine coffee rub seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Make the BBQ Sauce
  4. Melt butter over MED heat in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add remaining bbq sauce ingredients, stirring to combine. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
  6. Pour sauce into blender or food processor and puree. Set aside to cool.
  7. Cook and Assemble the Burgers.
  8. To a mixing bowl, add ground beef, heavy cream, salt, and black pepper. Mix well with your hands. Divide into 6 equal sections. Each burger will be about 1/3 pound.
  9. Use your thumbs to press a half dollar sized divot in the center of each patty (this will help prevent the burger from doming up while cooking).
  10. Liberally rub coffee seasoning mix over both sides of each burger.
  11. Preheat grill over MED HIGH heat and lightly brush grates with vegetable oil if desired. Grill burgers, for about 5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is achieved.
  12. While burgers are grilling, toast buns on the grill as well.
  13. To serve, spread bbq sauce over the top and bottom buns, then top the bottom bun with a piece of lettuce, a cooked burger, a smear of more bbq sauce, some bacon, then top with the top bun.

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