Coffee Rubbed Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers

Ingredients for 4 servings


  • 4 hamburger buns (Kaiser rolls, brioche, or other stiffer varieties are a good way to go)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 to 12 slices thick cut bacon (2 to 3 slices per burger), fried or baked
  • 4 slices Castello® Burger Blue cheese
  • 4 large pieces green leaf lettuce
  • 1 large hothouse tomato, sliced
  • Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, or other condiments, as desired
  • Oil (vegetable, canola, or olive) for brushing

Coffee Rub

  • 1/4 cup espresso, finely ground
  • 2 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
Coffee Rubbed Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 400°F. For a charcoal grill, arrange for direct heat.
  2. If using multiple varieties of beef, blend well in a bowl by hand. Form into four patties, using a burger press, if available.
  3. Add rub ingredients to a bowl and mix together.
  4. Rub both sides of each patty well with coffee rub. Try to avoid contaminating any remaining rub with raw beef, so that it can be saved for future use.
  5. If grill grate is not pre-oiled, spray with grilling spray to avoid sticking.
  6. Cut the hamburger buns in half if not pre-sliced and brush the cut sides with oil.
  7. Place patties on grill and close lid. Grill for approximately 4 minutes per side.
  8. For the last minute of grilling, add Castelo® Burger Blue cheese slices on top of patties, close lid again and allow to melt over tops and sides of patties.
  9. Remove patties from heat and allow to rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Place buns cut side down on the grill for about 30 seconds to a minute, until cut edges are slightly browed or charred.
  11. Remove buns from heat and spread condiments of your choice on cut side. On bottom bun, layer green leaf lettuce, tomato, burger, bacon, and top bun. 

Recipe courtesy of Catz in the Kitchen.

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