Red-Eye Burgers

Red-Eye Burgers
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee beans (not instant)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Bottled hot pepper sauce

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced shallots (6 medium)

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 ⅓ pound 85-percent-lean ground beef

  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

  • 8 large butterhead (Boston or bibb) lettuce leaves

  • ½ cup dill pickle slices

  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted


  1. In a small bowl stir together ground coffee, brown sugar, paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, kosher salt, and thyme; set aside.

  2. In another small bowl combine ketchup, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce; set aside.

  3. In a small skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots; cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp, stirring frequently. Using a slotted spoon, remove shallots and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and additional black pepper.

  4. Shape ground beef into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Generously coat both sides of patties with spice mixture, pressing into meat to adhere.

  5. For a charcoal or gas grill, place patties on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 10 to 13 minutes or until done (160°F), turning once halfway through grilling and adding cheese slices to patties for the last 1 minute of grilling.

  6. To serve, arrange lettuce and pickle slices on bottoms of rolls; add burgers. Top with fried shallots and ketchup mixture. Replace tops of rolls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

689 Calories
39g Fat
46g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 689
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 1514mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 6.4mg 32%
Calcium 267mg 21%
Iron 6.3mg 35%
Potassium 785mg 17%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 79.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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