Coffee spiced burgers with Dr. pepper barbecue sauce recipe

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These juicy burgers are made with a coffee spiced rub and smothered in a zest Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce every picky eater will love.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 40 Minutes


For the Seasoning
  • 1½ Tablespoons of ground coffee
  • ½ Tablespoons of salt
  • ½ Tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • ½ Tablespoons of black pepper
  • ½ Tablespoons of powdered onion
  • ½ Tablespoons of powdered garlic
  • ¼ Tablespoons of powdered coriander
For the Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • ½ of a yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 1½ Tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 6 ounces of Dr. Pepper
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2½ Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered ancho chile
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • ¼ teaspoons of black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of coffee, freshly brewed
For the Burgers
  • 2 pounds of angus ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons of the barbecue sauce
  • Dash of salt and black pepper
  • 4 pretzel buns, for serving
  • Arugula, for serving
  • 8 slices of peppered bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
How to Make It
  1. Prepare the seasoning. In a bowl, add in all of the ingredients for the seasoning. Stir well to mix. Set this mix aside.
  2. Prepare the sauce. In a saucepan set over medium heat, add in the butter. Once melted, add in the onion and minced garlic. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until soft. Add in the ketchup, tomato paste. Dr. Pepper, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, light brown sugar, powdered ancho chile and brewed coffee. Season with a dash of salt and black pepper. Stir well to mix and allow to come to a boil. Lower the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until thick in consistency.
  3. Pour the sauce into the blender. Blend on the highest setting until smooth in consistency. Set aside to cool.
  4. Prepare the burgers. In a bowl, add in the ground beef and 2 tablespoons of the prepared sauce. Season with a dash of salt and black pepper. Stir well until evenly mixed. Divide into 4 patties that are ½ a pound in weight.
  5. Rub the seasoning mix over the patties.
  6. In a skillet set over medium to high heat, add in 1 tablespoon of butter. Once melted, add in the pretzel buns. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until toasted. Transfer onto a plate and set aside.
  7. In the same skillet, add in the remaining tablespoon of butter. Add in the burgers. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your desired doneness. Transfer onto the burger buns.
  8. Spread the remaining barbecue sauce over the top.
  9. Top off the burgers with the arugula, peppered bacon and top buns. Serve immediately.

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