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Coffee Rubbed Homemade Burgers

These Homemade Burgers are seasoned with a spiced coffee rub that elevates the flavor of the beef and makes for a truly epic hamburger!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make a homemade burger
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 540kcal


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 pepper
  • 3 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


Make the Dry Rub

  • Combine coffee rub seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a fork. Set aside.

Make the BBQ Sauce

  • Melt butter over MED heat in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Pour sauce into blender or food processor and puree. Set aside to cool.

Cook and Assemble the Burgers

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Liberally rub coffee seasoning mix over both sides of each burger.
  • 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.
  • While burgers are grilling, toast buns on the grill as well.
  • 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.



  1. Recipe makes 6 (1/3 lb each) burgers.

Cooking Burgers on the Stovetop

  1. Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet (like a cast iron skillet) over MED HIGH heat.
  2. Once hot, add a small drizzle of vegetable oil and add buns, sliced side down.
  3. Toast until buns are golden brown, then set aside.
  4. To the hot skillet, add 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp vegetable oil.  Once melted, add burgers, 3 at a time.
  5. Cook about 5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is achieved.
  6. Repeat with remaining 3 burgers.


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1607mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg