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Smoky Espresso BBQ Burger

Macy's Lakeshore Grill Chef Joe Studenberg shares some tips for upping your grilling game.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Summer grilling season is here and Macy's Lakeshore Grill Chef Joe Studenberg shares some tips for upping your grilling game by serving up the Smoky Espresson BBQ burger! If you'd  prefer to let someone else do the cooking/grilling, Lakeshore Grill is taking reservations at 952-591-6640 or just walk in.

Smoky Espresso BBQ Burger



1                                              Brioche Bun

1 tablespoon                            Butter

7 ounces                                 Prime Chuck Ground Beef Patty

⅛ teaspoon                             Salt & Pepper

⅛ teaspoon                             Smoked Hot Paprika

½ ounce                                  Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips, crumbled

1 ounce                                   Espresso BBQ Sauce (see recipe below)

2 strips                                    Applewood-Smoked Bacon, cooked

1 leaf                                       Butter Lettuce

1 ounce                                   Roma Tomato, sliced

¼ ounce                                  Red Onion, sliced

Espresso BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

2 tablespoon                           Olive Oil Blend

2 tablespoon                           Garlic Cloves, minced

1 cup                                       Ketchup

1 cup                                       Honey

½ cup                                      Balsamic Vinegar

¼ cup                                      Soy Sauce Lite

¼ cup                                      Brewed Espresso

For Espresso BBQ Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over moderately low heat.  Add the garlic and sauté until it is golden brown.  Remove from heat and let the garlic cool in the oil.  Whisk in the ketchup, honey, vinegar, soy sauce and espresso. 
  2. Simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes to blend the flavors, until it thickens slightly to the consistency of a thin corn syrup.  It will thicken a little as it cools. Remove from the heat and cool.

For Burger

  1. Season burger well on both sides with salt, pepper, paprika and place on a hot grill.  After about 1.5 minutes, turn patty 90 degrees. After another minute or two, turn over. Medium rare takes approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Split roll, butter and toast.  Place half of the crumbled chips on the bun bottom, topping with grilled burger.  Top with Espresso BBQ Sauce, 2 strips of bacon and remaining crumbled chips.  Place lettuce, tomato and onion on bun top. 
  3. Serve with seasoned fries and pickles.