In an unusual twist, the Pure Kona coffee amps up the rub’s herbal Hawaiian flavors as well as adding subtle texture to the traditional burger.

Pure Kona Coffee-Rubbed Cheeseburgers Ingredients

  1. Coffee rub:
    • 1 tablespoon Pure Kona Coffee, fresh ground
    • 2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  2. Burgers:
    • 8 slices applewood-smoked bacon
    • 1 pound ground chuck (preferably grass-fed)
    • 1 pound ground sirloin (preferably grass-fed)
    • 8 slices smoked provolone, smoked caciocavallo, or smoked Gouda cheese (about 8 ounces)
    • 8 potato-bread hamburger buns
    • 8 slices red onion
    • 8 slices tomato

Pure Kona coffee Barbecue Sauce

  1. Topping:
    • Your favorite barbecue sauce
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup molasses
    • 2 tbs pure kona coffee fine ground added to each bottle of barbecue sauce
 Preparation
  1. For coffee rub:
    1. Mix all ingredients in small bowl. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
  2. For burgers:
    1. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Break in half. Gently mix chuck and sirloin in large bowl. Form meat into 8 patties, each 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Using thumb, make slight indentation in center of each burger. DO AHEAD: Burgers and bacon can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover separately and chill.
    2. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of best kona coffee rub on top side of each burger. Place burgers, rub side down, on grill rack. Grill until slightly charred, about 4 minutes; turn.
    3. Place 2 bacon slice halves atop each burger. Cook 3 minutes.
    4. Top each with 1 cheese slice. Cover and cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place burgers atop bottom halves of buns. Top with onion slices and tomato slices. Spoon dollop of best 100% Kona coffee barbecue sauce over. Cover with bun tops and serve, passing additional sauce alongside.
  3. Drink Kona:
    1. Beer is a natural pairing for a burger. Keep the Hawaiian theme going by pouring a Kona brew. We like the caramel sweetness and mild hoppy flavor of Kona brew.

      Pure Kona Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Pure Kona Coffee test-kitchen tip:
Making a small indentation in the center of the patty before cooking ensures a nice, flat burger.