Rugged Rancher BBQ Salad

Rugged Rancher BBQ Salad

By: Sandra - Camillus, NY - Recipe Contest 2015

"Move over boring salads, there's a new sheriff in town! There's nothing more American than the Old West and I spent a large portion of my life growing up in the American west. My recipe is inspired by all the wild things the west is known for and the things I really love about the west - gun slinging bandits, sheriffs, tumble weed and of course flavor-packed foods. The Rugged Rancher BBQ Salad is full of fired up flavor and all the fuel you need to round up 100 steer!"

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


Featured ingredient: Sinful Delight Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground

  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • ½ cup bbq sauce
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Door Country Coffee Sinful Delight coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 bag of salad mix
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • dill pickle slices
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Cheese flavored croutons for topping


  1. Preheat an outdoor or indoor grill to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl mix together ranch dressing and bbq sauce, mix in hot sauce to taste, set aside.
  3. In another bowl mix together Sinful Delight coffee, chili powder, smoked paprika, mustard, coriander, black pepper, garlic salt, onion powder and brown sugar.
  4. In a large bowl add lettuce, cheese, pickles, tomato, onion and bacon, toss to mix.
  5. In another bowl add ground beef, mix in Worcestershire, garlic powder and onion powder.
  6. Shape beef into 4 patties, rub all sides of each patty in coffee spice mixture.
  7. Grill burgers over medium heat for 5 minutes per side or until desired temperature.
  8. Chop the cooked burgers into bite size pieces and add burger to the salad.
  9. Drizzle salad with ranch bbq dressing mix.
  10. Top salad with cheese croutons.

Serves 4