Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!

These coffee rubbed, savory Angus beef burgers, rubbed with a rich and flavorful coffee seasoning mix, paired with peppered bacon and a completely delicious homemade Dr Pepper BBQ sauce! You’ll be putting that sauce on everything!

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Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce | The Chunky Chef | Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!

Sometimes… you just need a big, juicy, flavorful burger!! ย Especially one like this… that coffee rub is crazy good, and then the Dr Pepper BBQ sauce… o. m. g. ย There’s coffee in the rub and a little bit in the sauce… sooooo does that mean that I can technically call this a breakfast food? ย I say, sure! Because once you taste this burger, you’re going to want it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and maybe in the middle of the night ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These burgers are great anytime, for any occasion, but they’re especially perfect for tailgating or a tailgate-themed party while you watch some great college football! ย To me, Fall means football… and football means tailgating food. ย I grew up watching football with my Dad, cheering on our favorite team… so football is nostalgic for me, and I look forward to sharing those experiences with my own kids as they grow up ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re taking these burgers to the stadium for some tailgating, you could easily make these into slider-size burgers if you’d like. I just like a BIG burger ๐Ÿ™‚

The other thing I love about these burgers is that most of the parts can be made up ahead of time. ย The coffee rub can be made and kept in an airtight container, the BBQ sauce can be made and refrigerated, and the meat can be made into patties and kept refrigerated until time to season and cook them. ย Talk about huge time savers!

Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce | The Chunky Chef | Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!

Let’s talk sauce… this homemade BBQ sauce will soon be your new favorite! ย It has all the usual suspects for a BBQ sauce… the ketchup, onion, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar… with some additional surprises, like brewed coffee and Dr Pepper!! ย Don’t worry, the Dr Pepper doesn’t overpower this sauce… you don’t taste it and think, “wow, Dr Pepper!”, but it’s more of a subtle kiss of flavor that lingers on your tongue. ย The coffee just deepens the flavor.

Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce | The Chunky Chef | Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!

I love using Angus beef or ground brisket for my burgers, but feel free to swap that out for your favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

You know how I am with bacon… I pretty much put it on everything lol… but on this burger… the peppered bacon is pretty much a must!

Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce | The Chunky Chef | Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!

Yeahhhhh, that burger didn’t last very long after I took this photo… nom nom nom!!!

Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce | The Chunky Chef | Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!

See, there’s the first bite! Lol.

Enjoy!!

Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce | The Chunky Chef | Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!
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5 from 7 votes
4 servings
Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Not your average burger! Juicy beef burgers seasoned with a spiced coffee rub, topped with peppered bacon and a lip smacking Dr Pepper BBQ sauce!
Calories: 1024 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • COFFEE RUB SEASONING MIX:
  • 1.5 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 coriander
  • DR PEPPER 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 pepper
  • 3 Tbsp brewed coffee
  • BURGERS:
  • 2 lbs Angus ground beef 85/15
  • 2 Tbsp Dr Pepper BBQ sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • Pretzel buns
  • Arugula lettuce
  • 8 slices peppered bacon
  • 2 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Combine coffee rub seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter over MED heat in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients, stir to combine. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
  4. Pour sauce into blender or food processor and puree. Set aside to cool.
  5. To a mixing bowl, add ground beef, salt, pepper and 2 Tbsp cooled bbq sauce. Mix well with your hands. Divide into 4 equal sections. Each burger will be 1/2 pound.
  6. Rub coffee rub seasoning mix over both sides of each burger.
  7. Heat a large skillet over MED-HIGH heat, add a small pat of butter and toast the pretzel buns (sliced side down). Remove from pan to cool.
  8. Add 1 Tbsp butter to skillet and add burgers. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, until burger is cooked to desired doneness.
  9. Spread BBQ sauce over both sides of pretzel bun, layer arugula, burger, peppered bacon, then add the top bun.
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Recipe Notes

** additional topping options include aged cheddar cheese slices and caramelized onions

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52 comments on “Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce”

  1. I made these coffee rubbed burgers for our Christmas Eve gathering and they were a big hit!
    I am certainly going to make them again!

  2. One question, regular ground coffee not instant coffee, correct? Thiis burger looks absolutely scrumptious. Iโ€™ll be making very, very soon.

  3. I made up my own burger recipe. A western beer burger. Its my guys’ favorite. But he said is pretty close.
    I agree. This is possibly one of the best burgers ive ever had. I threw on some sharp cheddar.
    The bbq wasnt very thick. Just added more tomato paste. I froze the rest for future. This sauce would be amazing in ANYTHING

  4. I am making these burgers as we speak. The BBQ sauce is amazing! I am going to jar the rest of the sauce! How long do you think it will keep?ย 

  5. I’m not even hungry right now and this is making my mouth absolutely water!!! Looks amazing

  6. OOOOO.MMMMMM.GGG. This recipe right here s the absolute best burger on Pinterest! BAR NONE!!! We didn’t have the coriander and we always use Sweet Baby Ray bbq sauce but this was soooo delicious! Yep I’m definitely making this one again, many times over!

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  9. These burgers sound so good! I’m sharing this post on my blog at Heart Loves Home this week. I’m writing about creative ways to use coffee.

  10. Made these tonight and they were outstanding. I made brioche buns in lieu of pretzel buns but absolutely fantastic. Hubs said these could have only been improved if I had added crispy onion strings (will be trying that next time lol). Thank you for a killer recipe!!!!

  11. I’ll have to try this rub on some other stuff. Looks good!

  12. What a great combo of flavors!! Looks delicious too!

  13. I am so obsessed with this photo and recipe!! WOW. And I am a true-blue Dr Pepper lover, so I have to make this!!

  14. Your photos are awesome and I can’t wait to try this recipe! I know I am a coffee lover, so we shall see what that does for a burger. My son is always wanting something new to taste in a burger ( He will hardly eat anything else). This new taste should go on his favorites list. Thanks.

  15. I saw this on Saucy Saturday’s blog hop and I just had to come by and say how incredible this burger looks. I need it in front of me ASAP!

  16. I don’t eat burgers very often but I would never be able to turn this down! All those gorgeous flavours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. This looks perfectly amazing, Amanda!! Yum! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. OMG Nom nom nom is so right!! The coffee rub sounds amazing I am going to do this! Love the Dr pepper BBQ. Home-made BBQ sauce is so the best! Your photos are fantastic I was almost trying to eat my computer just looking at this. Thanks for bringing it to this weeks fiesta friday! xx

  19. Wow these burgers look and sound absolutely delicious! The photos are amazing as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. The whole recipe sounds delicious and looks it too by the way. Even though I eat more turkey and black bean burgers I will never turn down one like this. I use Dr. Pepper occasionally in recipes; worked in ham and flank steak but my ribs – no. A rub definitely makes a difference. Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for coming to the party ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. This looks so delicious! I could devour one of these right now and it’s 08.15 in the morning! #FoodieFriDIY

  22. What time does your diner open on the weekend? Oh my gosh, I wish! This looks incredible, I can hardly wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Your pictures have me totally craving burgers for dinner – and that coffee rub! Wow!

  24. I remember telling you that I couldn’t look away when I’d first seen the photo of this burger on facebook. The same holds true here. This is the tastiest looking burger I think I’ve ever seen. You’ve don’t a beautiful job capturing how mouthwatering it is, and the recipe sounds AH-mazing! I need this burger in my life! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  25. I am DYING over this post! This looks so delicious!

  26. Coffee rubbed beef is the best. Love this.

  27. Yay to Dr Pepper Twinning! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I LOVE this burger, girlfriend! Serious drool fest over here! From the coffee rub to the delicious Dr Pepper BBQ sauce and all the angus deliciousness in between- SO much YUM! For realz, I say this is totally acceptable for breakfast! Pinned! Cheers, doll!

  28. Wow these burgers look fabulous but that Dr. Pepper bbq sauce sends it over the top!

  29. What a tempting and tasty looking burger! We were with some friends at dinner last night, and the husband is a huge Dr. Pepper fan and we got into a conversation about it. I will pass this recipe on to his wife so she can surprise him with that sauce!!

  30. Woah…that BBQ sauce looks amazing! And the coffee rub on those burgers? Wow! I think we need Monday night burger night in our house now! #client

  31. I’m not usually a burger person (unless we’re talking gourmet burgers, which to me this is)! I have not been able to stop looking at this picture this morning. It is calling to me. I think we’re going to be having burgers soon!