Cherry Kissed Coffee Bison Burgers

Cherry Kissed Coffee Bison Burgers

By: Cindy - Schnecksville, PA - 2016 Recipe Contest

"Coffee and red meat go so well together. I love coffee in steak marinades and rubs. Cherry goes well with both flavors. Together with a bit of heat and spice you get an awesome burger that's fit for any meal with family and friends. Door County Private Blend has the stuff to stand up to bold flavors and bring out the best in meats."


This is a Door County Coffee Fan recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Café.



Featured ingredient: Private Reserve Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground

  • Burger:

    • 1 lb. ground bison or lean ground beef
    • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
    • 1/2 cup brewed Door County Private Blend (double strength)
    • 1 cup dark black cherries, diced
    • 1 teaspoon chili paste or chopped chili peppers
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon Door County Private Blend, ground into a powder
    • 2 tablespoons reserved coffee and cherry mixture
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 hamburger buns
    • Shaved shallots
    • cooking spray



  1. Soak cherry pieces in 1/2 cup brewed Door County Coffee Private Blend for 15 minutes. Drain cherries and reserve liquid.
  2. Mix together bison, shallots, cherries, chili, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties and spray a medium-sized skillet or grill pan with cooking spray.
  3. Heat on medium-high setting until hot. Place burgers in skillet and approximately 4 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches at least 160 for bison.
  4. While burgers cook prepare sauce. Whisk together mayonnaise, brown sugar, garlic, paprika, 2 tablespoons of reserved liquid, 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee, salt and pepper. Add remaining coffee to taste.
  5. Assemble burgers on toasted buns. Top with shallots and sauce. Add additional toppings as desired.