Chili-coffee crusted burgers with avocado ranch

Heather Disarro

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Delicious burgers are never hard to come by — just spice them up with a great rub and allow the spices to cook into the meat for a delightful take on a classic burger recipe. Topped with a quick and easy avocado ranch, this is one burger you won't want to miss!

Chili-coffee crusted burgers with avocado ranch

Chili-coffee crusted burgers with avocado ranch

Serves 4


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1 whole ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Lettuce or baby spinach


  1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees F.
  2. Divide the ground beef into 4 patties about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
  3. Combine the coffee powder, chili powder and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Press the coffee-chili blend onto the outside of the formed burgers.
  5. Spray the burgers with nonstick spray and then grill for about 4 to 5 minutes per side until desired doneness is reached.
  6. For the ranch, combine the avocado, sour cream, milk, remaining teaspoon of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, dried mustard, dried dill and black pepper in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  7. To serve, slather the buns with the ranch and top with a hamburger patty, tomato and lettuce.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.