Castello Summer of Blue — Bacon and Blue Cheese Coffee-Rubbed Burgers
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Bold flavors, bacon, coffee, and blue cheese, make this burger a savory summer delight. Grill up the smoky stack and serve with sweet, grilled pineapple.
  • 4 hamburger buns (Kaiser rolls, brioche, or other stiffer varieties are a good way to go)
  • 1 lb ground beef (90/10 will work, but blend 80/20 and 93/7 if you can)
  • 8-12 slices thick cut bacon (2-3 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
  • ¼ cup espresso, finely ground 2 tbsp ancho chile powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp black pepper
  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 400 degrees. 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
  5. beef, so that it can be saved for future use.
  6. If grill grate is not pre-oiled, spray with grilling spray to avoid sticking.
  7. Cut the hamburger buns in half if not pre-sliced, and brush the cut sides with oil.
  8. Place patties on grill and close lid. Grill for approximately 4 minutes per side. (The USDA recommends a
  9. minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees for beef.)
  10. For the last minute of grilling, add Castelo Burger Blue cheese slices on top of patties, close lid again, and
  11. allow to melt over tops and sides of patties.
  12. Remove patties from heat and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes.
  13. Place buns cut side down on the grill for about 30 seconds to a minute, until cut edges are slightly browed or charred.
  14. 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. Serve immediately!
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at