Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Homemade BBQ Sauce

Coffee Rubbed Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Homemade BBQ sauce #burgers #bbq #grilled #hamburger #happilyunprocessed

You might think a coffee rub on a burger sounds a little strange, but coffee actually enhances and deepens the flavor of the meat.  It also creates a charred crust on the outside allowing the burger to stay moist on the inside.  Topped with caramelized onion, smoked gouda cheese and homemade bbq sauce!  This burger is one for the record book !







  1. Combine all the spices for the coffee rub in a small bowl.
  2. Gently form 4 patties using a patty press if you have one.  Sprinkle the spice rub on both sides of the patties.  There is enough for all 4.  Gently rub the spices into the patties using your fingers.
  3. Place the patties in the fridge on a wire rack (for circulation) for 30 minutes while the grill is heating.  Do NOT skip this step.
  4. Slice the onions into thick rings and without breaking them apart brush olive oil or Italian dressing over them.
  5. Preheat the grill to high and grill the burgers for a few minutes (depending on thickness) over direct heat.  Flip and cook the other side a few minutes.  Turn the heat to low and continue cooking until desired doneness.  Top with slices of cheese until just melted.
  6. At the same time, place the onions on the other side of the grill over low heat.  Flip the onions once you see grill marks and they begin to soften.
  7. Grill the pretzel buns for a few minutes until light brown.
  8. Place the burger on the pretzel bun and top with the onion and bbq sauce.


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk or stir to combine. Add the spices, stir well, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Stir in cold butter. Simmer an additional 5 minutes to thicken.