Healthy Coffee-Rubbed Turkey Burgers

Who loves a burger!?

I sure do! This recipe brings 2 of my favorite things together. Burgers and COFFEE! (Yes, coffee can be found in my entrees as well…heehee).Caramelized onions and my easy Coffee Rub will give your turkey burger an extra layer of flavor. You won’t have to make a trip out for a tasty burger night!


This recipe uses a lean ground turkey but you could easily swap in a lean beef or bison, if that’s what’s in your freezer. I just always had a soft spot for good old ground turkey. It gets a bad rep for being dry BUT these burgers have a little secret weapon, caramelized onions. I sautee my onions in a bit of olive oil and add them to the ground turkey. This combination adds healthy fats and some moisture to the burger patties. Not to mention, a KICK BUTT flavor!


Now on to the good stuff! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your very own BBQ Style Coffee-Rub. Sometimes the pre-made rubs on the market are loaded with ingredients you may not love. Making your own version puts you in control of the flavor. If you love garlic or the kick of black pepper, spice it up! I really like that I can adjust the sugar and salt. Especially wonderful if there are some dietary restrictions out there! This easy coffee rub is also great to use on steak and chicken. In your kitchen… anything goes! :)

Coffee-Rubbed Turkey Burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Coffee-Rubbed Turkey Burgers


    Coffee Rub
  • 2 Tb ground coffee
  • 2 tsp sugar or sugar substitute
  • 2 tsp chili powder (less if using spicy version)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Turkey Burgers
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 4 whole wheat english muffins
  • Low sugar BBQ sauce (optional)
  • Garnishes of choice: Lettuce, tomato, onion


  1. Combine all ingredients of the coffee rub in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Taste the rub to adjust the salt and pepper according to your preference, set aside.
  3. Sautee chopped onions in olive oil until golden brown.
  4. Let onions cool then mix into ground turkey.
  5. Form 4 burger patties. *Hint Below
  6. Coat both sides of burger patty generously with coffee rub.
  7. On medium/medium-high heat use a cast iron skillet or grill (if weather allows), let burgers cook 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  8. Let rest 2 minutes.
  9. Top with english muffin and garnish with lettuce, tomato and onion, as you please.
  10. ENJOY!


Helpful Hint* Since burgers shrink when you cook them, form a dimple in the middle of your burger using your thumb. This way when cooked, your burger will be evenly shaped! :)

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