Saturday, January 31, 2015

Coffee-Rubbed Cheeseburgers

Using coffee with beef, enhances the flavor and smokiness... 

Coffee Rub
1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee
2 teaspoons (packed) light brown sugar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

4 slices bacon (use the applewood smoked variety if you can get it)
1 pound ground beef or sirloin cut
4 slices cheese of your choice (Sharp Cheddar, Provolone, or Gouda cheese are good choices)
4 hamburger buns or sandwich rolls
4 slices red onion (if desired)
4 slices tomato (if desired)
Condiments of your choice: Mayo, mustard, BBQ sauce, etc.

Servings: 4

If you don't have espresso (powder), just use some freshly/finely
ground coffee beans. 

Mix all ingredients in small bowl.  This can be made up to 1 week ahead of time.  Just store in an airtight at room temperature.

Cook bacon in large skillet or microwave until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Break in half.

Gently form meat into 4 equal-sized patties.   Don't overwork the meat.  If you make slight indent in center of each burger, it will keep them flat while cooking. Burgers and bacon can be prepared 8 hoursahead. Cover separately and chill until ready to cook.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon coffee rub on top side of each burger and lightly pat down.

Place burgers in skillet or grill pan. Grill/cook until slightly charred, about 4 minutes; turn for another 4 minutes, or until at desired doneness.

Oh yes, baby!  That's what we want...that little crunchy "crust" on our patty! 

While the patty is still warm, go ahead and top it with cheese and allow it to melt for extra yumminess.  ;-)

Assemble burger on the buns with cheese, bacon, veggies and condiments and enjoy!

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