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Red Eye Burger with Cream Cheese, Bacon, and Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Living in Texas raspberry chipotle dip is a regular dish on the potluck table. The raspberry chipotle bbq sauce is spicy with a sweetness that goes great on a burger. Add in the red eye coffee seasoning takes this burger to a whole new level.


2 pounds of chuck ground beef (80/20)
1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of paprika
½ tablespoon of ground coffee
1 teaspoon of ground mustard
½ teaspoon of ground white pepper
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ tablespoon canola oil
½ cup of onion
½ teaspoon of minced garlic
15 oz can of tomato sauce
½ cup of seedless raspberry jam
¼ cup of Chambord raspberry liqueur
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
¼ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
¼ cup of sugar
¼ tablespoon of hickory liquid smoke
¼ teaspoon of dried chipotle pepper – diced
1 cup of fresh raspberries
2 cups of diced butter lettuce
1 package of 8 oz cream cheese cut into 12 slices
¼ cup of diced pickle
¼ cup of diced red onion
3 Campari tomatoes; sliced
12 slices of pepper bacon
6 Kaiser Hamburger Buns


Pre-heat gas grill to 400°F. Make the burger patties: Mix together ground beef, black pepper, paprika, coffee, mustard, white pepper, and salt. Section and form into 1/3 pound burger patties, set aside. Place an gill safe sauce pan on the grill and add the canola oil. Wait 5 minutes to heat the oil then add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Next add the garlic, tomato sauce, raspberry jam, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, liquid smoke, and chipotle pepper. Bring to a boil while stirring frequently. Once at a boil remove from heat. Strain the bbq sauce into a large bowl. Next fold in the fresh raspberries to the bowl. Return to the sauce pan and place back on the grill at indirect heat. Cook the bacon: On the pre-heated grill cook the bacon slices in an oven proof pan until browned. Cook the burger patties: Place the burger patties onto the heated grill. Cook 5 minutes then flip. Cook an additional 5 minute then flip. Top each burger with 2 slices of the cream cheese and cook an additional 2 minutes then remove. Build the burger: Place 2 bacon slices on bottom bun, add lettuce, pickle, tomato, and onion then add the burger patty. Top with 2 tablespoons of bbq mixture, then place the top bun. Slice burger in half and enjoy.


It is important not to over cook the bbq sauce. After straining return to the sauce pan and place it on the warm side of the grill not directly over the flame. If the grill is too hot remove from heat and then return to grill just before serving.