It’s settled: there’s never been a better way to make a burger. Of all the different combinations possible, you won’t soon forget this one thought up by Ted Reader. Its secret ingredient? Van Houtte® Original House Blend coffee. Buy it in stores or online.
In a small pot bring brewed coffee to a rolling boil, boil until reduced by half. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool fully.
To make burger patties combine ground beef and pork, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley. Add 3 tbsp. of cooled concentrated coffee. Mix well.
Portion into 8 equal sized meat balls. Shape into burger patties, approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.
Place burgers evenly onto a paper lined tray, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour to allow the burgers to set/firm before grilling.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 450-550°F.
Spray burger patties on both sides with non-stick cooking spray.
Grill burgers 6-8 minutes per side, until burgers are fully cooked (internal temperature 160°F/70°C).
Garnish with caramelized onions, crumbled blue cheese, bacon strips and other toppings according to personal tastes, such as lettuce and tomato slices.
- ½ cup Van Houtte® Original House Blend coffee, brewed
- 1 lb (500 g) ground beef
- 1 lb (500 g) ground pork
- ¼ cup onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 small/medium onion, caramelized
- ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
- 8 strips cooked bacon
- 8 burger buns
- Lettuce, tomato slices and other toppings according to personal preferences
Chef Ted Reader
When it comes to mastering the grill, few skill sets compare to that of Ted Reader. The Paris, Ontario-born chef has authored a whopping 21 cookbooks, including Gastro Grilling: Fired-Up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals, Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling, Beerlicious: The Art of Grillin’ and Chillin’, and much more.