Let’s Make the Best Smoky Coffee Rubbed Burgers Ever

coffee-rubbed burgers


  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Total: 70 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Cooking Method: Grilling
  • Recipe Cuisine: American


  • 2tablespoonsground coffee
  • 1tablespoonsea salt
  • 3tablespoonssmoked paprika
  • 8tablespoonsbrown sugar
  • 3tablespoonsonion powder
  • 3tablespoonsgarlic powder
  • 1tablespoonchilli powder
  • 1teaspooncoriander
  • 1teaspoonoregano
  • 1/2teaspoonblack pepper
  • 900grams ground beef
  • 8slicesPrato Processed Cheese
  • 2thick ringslarge onion
  • 4Pretzel Buns
  • 2cupsketchup Sauce
  • 1cupwater
  • 1/2cupapple cider vinegar
  • 2teaspoonsyellow mustard
  • 1tablespoonWorcestershire Sauce
  • 1tablespoonfresh lemon juice
  • 1tablespoonDairy Butter

Coffee Rubbed! Yes, you read it correctly. You might find these Coffee-Rubbed Burgers strange, but actually, they taste flawless and unique. Coffee enhances and deepens the flavor of the meat. The charred crust that coffee creates on the burgers will keep them moist and tender on the inside. 

These Coffee-Rubbed Burgers are topped with Caramelized Grilled Onions, tangy Prato Cheese slices, and an incredible Homemade BBQ Sauce. The recipe for these extra creamy and delicious Coffee-Rubbed Burgers is easy and simple. All you have to do is to shape the patties, season them, grill them, and viola! You have got yourself the best burgers in the world. Side it with your favorite Green Salad, Roasted Vegetables, and French Fries. 


Step 1

To make the best smoky Coffee-Rubbed Burgers ever, first, things first you should make the seasoning. To make your perfect coffee seasoning, combine the salt, smoked paprika, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, coriander, and black pepper in a small bowl. Add the ground coffee, and whisk well. 

Step 2

Place the ground beef in a large bowl, sprinkle with some salt and pepper to taste. Combine the mixture with your hand. Damp your hands and form four patties of the same size. You can also use a patty press if you have one.

Step 3

Sprinkle four patties with the spices mixture on both sides. Use your finger to coat them evenly and press the spices into the patties. Place them on a wire rack and let them cool in the fridge for 30 minutes. Heat the grill while the patties are cooling.

Step 4

To make the delicious BBQ sauce, combine the 2 cups of Ketchup Sauce with 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, and 6 tablespoons of brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion powder, yellow mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, fresh lemon juice, Butter, and smoked paprika into the bowl.

Stir until combined. Add the spices and bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat, and let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Lastly, stir in cold butter, simmer an additional five minutes, and remove from the heat. Use a sharp knife to slice the onions without breaking them apart. Brush them with olive oil or Italian seasoning if desired.

Step 5

Once the grill is heated enough, put the burgers on it, and depending on the heat, and thickness, give them time to cook for about four or five minutes. Then flip the burgers and cook the other side for the same amount of time. Now, set the grill to low heat and continue cooking to your desired doneness.

Step 6

At the same time, place the onions on the grill and grill both sides for 2-3 minutes. Flip the onion rings when you see grill marks, and they begin to soften.

Step 7

When the burgers are cooked to your taste, top each piece with a slice of Prato Processed Cheese and let it melt. Spread the butter over the buns, place them on the heated grill, and toast the buttered sides. Grill the Pretzel Buns for a few minutes until light brown.

Step 8

Once toasted, spread the BBQ sauce over the buns, top that with a cooked Cheesy Burger and the Grilled Onion Ring.


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