Reverse Sear Coffee Rubbed Burgers are mouthwateringly delicious, simply topped with a chipotle spiced BBQ sauce, melted smoky provolone cheese and fresh leaf lettuce.
The Sunday Supper theme is coffee recipes this week and I decided to go with a savory main dish because I like finding uses for my coffee throughout the day not just in the mornings. The coffee rub imparts an earthy, spicy and intense flavor to these burgers. So I decided to keep the toppings simple.
The equally important part of this recipe is how the burgers are cooked. I figured grilling these burgers would cause them to lose some of their flavorful rub and I’ve become more a fan of cooking my burgers in a skillet because it keeps them juicier. But before I’d sear them first and then finish cooking them in the oven.
But thanks to a recent steak tutorial I watched over at Hey Grill, Hey’s Facebook page I decided to give the reverse sear method a try with these burgers. And let me tell you I am a fan! Bringing the internal temperature up first and then searing at the end helps to get a more even cook on the burger. I prefer my burgers medium well (and some purists might scoff at that) but if you are in the medium to medium rare camp this method for cooking burgers will help you get a nice even redness throughout your burger rather than brown around the outside with just the red/pink in the very center. Evenly cooked, with the ultimate flavorful crust, juicy middle and topped with a spicy BBQ sauce, smoky cheese and crisp leaf lettuce – these burgers are going to knock your socks off!
If you are a coffee lover be sure and check out all the other fabulous coffee recipes in this week’s Sunday Super collection!
Reverse Sear Coffee Rubbed Burgers
- 1 1/3 pounds ground beef 80 - 85 % lean
- 1 T. finely ground coffee
- 2 t. light brown sugar
- 1 t. cumin
- 1 t. salt
- 1/2 t. paprika
- 1/2 t. thyme
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1 T. butter
- 1/4 c. your favorite BBQ sauce
- 2 T. chipotle sauce
- 8 thin slices provolone cheese
- 8 leaves of red leaf lettuce
- 4 brioche buns
- Form four 1/3 pound burgers. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
- Mix together the coffee, brown sugar, cumin, salt, paprika, thyme and black pepper. Evenly rub the outside of all four burgers with the coffee rub.
- Place the burgers in a non-stick, oven safe skillet and bake for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 155 degrees.
- Remove the burgers to a plate.
- Place the same skillet over medium high heat on the stove top and melt one tablespoon of butter in it.
- Return the burgers to the skillet and sear on one side for 1 minute.
- Flip the burgers over and sear on the second side for an additional minute.
- Mix together the BBQ sauce and chipotle.
- Top each burger with two slices of provolone cheese and serve them on the brioche buns with the lettuce and chipotle BBQ sauce.
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