This special spice rub allows me to combine to of my favorite things in the world to consume… espresso and grass fed beef. Unless you’re planning on staying up late, this might be best for lunch. We all metabolize caffeine differently, so please eat this at your own risk.
This seasoning mix was originally inspired by what I consider to be the “ultimate breakfast seasoning” which is an espresso steak rub from The Spice and Tea Exchange. With a 4-6oz grassfed sirloin steak it pretty much makes for a breakfast that would make Ron Swanson proud–even without bacon!
But, I wanted to create something with a greater intensity and spiciness to help some of my friends enjoy the flavor grassfed ground beef (that I love) but might be a bit “gamey” to those not yet used to it. That being said, the next time I get my paws on some venison, I’ll be testing this mix with it too. If you try it with a different meat, please let me know how it goes in the comments below :).
Buzz Burgers - Zesty Burger Seasoning or Steak Rub
- 2 lb ground grassfed beef
- 1 Tbsp finely ground dark roast espresso
- 1 t smoked hot paprika
- 1 t chipotle pepper powder
- 1 t fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 t coarse sea salt (Feel free to use less)
- This recipe is intended to make enough spice mixture for 2-2.5lbs of ground beef, what I typically do is make the spice mixture and use half with 1 lb of ground beef, while saving the other half of the spice mixture for another day (ziplock bag in the fridge or freezer works perfectly) either for burgers or to use as a rub for steaks or maybe even some ribs????
- With a coffeegrinder set on the absolute finest grind, grind up some of the dark roast espresso beans. I use an electric burr grinder with more settings than necessary, but use what you have, I might accidentally grind up more than a tablespoon, but will just set that aside for a future shot of espresso for after lunch!? You can also use French Roast coffee beans for this as well, the key is to make the grind very fine.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup (I use that because of its spout) mix all the spices together well (a fork works awesome for this). In a larger bowl, crumble up the 2lbs of raw ground beef then sprinkle the spice mix over it in stages - 1/4 of the spices, then turn and mix, add another 1/4 of the spices, then mix, etc. Basically be sure to distribute these intense flavors evenly. Against all common old school wisdom I'm actually not afraid to "overwork" the meat when I do this. At this point you can then form the 2lbs of ground beef into 8 1/4lb patties, or 16 1/8lb sider patties. Given the intense flavors, I think these make for especially good sliders! 🙂 Cook the patties either on the grill or in a skillet on the stovetop. Enjoy with a side of green vegetables or as part of a delicious lettuce wrap.
- For those watching their salt intake, simply reduce the amount of sea salt in the recipe. Either way, the combination of the espresso flavors with the smoky chipotle pepper and smoked hot paprika will absolutely wake up your tastebuds!!