Coffee and I have always had a great relationship. I often joke that my affection for coffee started because my mother always drank ice coffee since before I can remember. Growing up, I always stole sips of that strong brew from my parents’ coffee mugs and if there is coffee flavored anything, 9 times out of 10 I’m a fan – coffee ice cream, coffee frosting on cupcakes, coffee candies – you name it.
One of my favorite people, Kita from Girl Carnivore is hosting her annual #BurgerMonth. Essentially, over 30 food bloggers toss their spatulas in the proverbial burger arena and come up with epic burgers for y’all to love with the addition of a fabulous giveaway. Who doesn’t love a juicy burger, right and the chance to win amazing prizes – even better. In brainstorming over ideas of how I can put a Polynesian spin on burgers outside of the typical teriyaki/pineapple style, it hit me – coffee rubbed burgers – but just not any coffee rub, a must make to.die.for kona coffee rub that will have your friends and family savoring every delicious bite.
This coffee rub is everything – flavorful kona coffee beans ground with spices, brown sugar and a touch of Hawaiian salt which has this spicy, peppery bite with a hint of sweetness and caramelizes like no tomorrow when it hits the pan. Sure, I could have grilled it but I read somewhere to get the full caramelized crust effect, it should be done griddle style so I went with a nonstick large saute and the house smelled amazing. I served this Kona Coffee Crusted Burger with a spicy pineapple relish for a fresh sweet spicy bite and nestled everything on a toasty Hawaiian style bun with melty cheese. It was burger perfection.
When you are looking to make a burger that will make your guests think you are a burger genius, this Kona Coffee Crusted Burger with Spicy Pineapple Relish is it!
On to the recipe:
Gather your ingredients
Let’s whip up the spicy pineapple relish
The key ingredient – the Kona Coffee
Burgers are crusted with the kona coffee rub and ready to go
Look at this caramelized crust!
Now doesn’t this look like an epic burger?
Serve with some sweet potato chips and enjoy!
- ½ cup of kona coffee beans
- ⅓ cup of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Hawaiian salt or Flaky Sea Salt
- 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1½ cups of fresh diced pineapple
- ½ cup of diced red bell pepper
- ½ cup of diced red onion
- 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tablespoon of freshly minced flat leaf parsley
- 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced, seeds and ribs removed
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons of the Kona Coffee Rub
- 1½ pounds of ground chuck (I used 90/10 but you can use 85/15)
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 4 Hawaiian style burger buns
- 4 slices of Monterey Jack Cheese
- In a food processor or coffee grinder, grind the kona coffee beans into a somewhat fine grind. I used a food processor so it was a bit rustic.
- Add the brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, black pepper and garlic powder. Pulse to combine a few times.
- Remove to a jar and set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the diced pineapple, red bell pepper, red onion, fresh ginger, parsley, finely diced jalapeno, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Adjust for seasoning and set aside to meld.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, add the ground chuck and section into 4 patties.
- Make the patties with a bit of a well in the center and place on a plate.
- Crust each patty with 1 tablespoon of the Kona Coffee Rub. Press into the burger.
- Preheat the saute pan over medium high heat and add the vegetable oil.
- Add the burgers and grill on one side for about 5 - 7 minutes making sure to not burn that crust. Remember, the coffee rub has sugar in it so it will caramelize quick.
- Flip and cook on the other side - about 5 - 7 minutes.
- While your burgers are cooking, prepare the burger buns.
- Add the burger buns to a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 7 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and set the tops of the burger buns aside. Place a slice of cheese on each bun base and return to the oven for a minute or two until the cheese is melted.
- Place a perfectly cooked burger on each cheesy bun base, top with some of the spicy pineapple relish and enjoy!
A huge thanks to all of the creative bloggers who were just as inspired by a month of burgers as I was and the awesome companies that have donated prizes to #burgermonth, Char-Broil, Cabot Cheese, Le Creuset, Dreamfarm,Spiceologist†&†Woodbridge Wines
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