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The Burger King {Recipe: Nick’s Best Barbecue Burgers}

My husband is sound asleep right now, not aware of the fact that I am about to give away one of his biggest secrets.

He makes the MOST amazing hamburgers. That’s not his secret though. Everyone who has had one of his burgers comments on how good they are and usually sneak more than one off the platter.

The secret is what he puts *in* his burgers to make them so amazing. Are you ready? Pen and paper in hand?

The secret to my husbands most amazing hamburgers is…

—> Rib Rub <—

You wouldn’t think that adding a few tablespoons of rib rub to your hamburger meat before making your patties would make all that much difference, but it does. I can’t tell you how great these burgers are… you’ll have to just try them out for yourself!

Occasionally we add condiments to Nick’s burgers, but rarely. With the rib rub included in the patty, there is no additional dressing up this burger needs.

Since 4th of July is around the corner, and everyone else is telling you what you should make for your gatherings, I have to give my suggestion too. Try these burgers, with his secret ingredient! I’m certain it will make you feel all the more patriotic and all that. Enjoy!

Nick’s Best Barbecue Burgers

Nick’s Best Barbecue Burgers

My husband's very best burgers - the addition of Rib Rub makes all the difference!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground celery seed


  1. To make the rib rub, In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt, paprika, ground red pepper, ground cumin, and celery seed. Reserve 2 Tablespoons, then put remaining rib rub into an airtight container for future use.
  2. Place ground beef in a medium bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons of rib rub and work through the meat with your hands, incorporating the rub.
  3. Once the ground beef and rub are well combined, form into patties (4-6 depending on the size you want your burgers).
  4. Grill over medium heat until desired doneness. Serve on buns plain or with condiments, such as cheese, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, lettuce, pickles, mayo, etc.
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  1. I’ll have to pass this along to Eric. He will love it!

  2. Oh that sounds like it would make an amazing burger! That Nick is sooo smart!

  3. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had a BBQ burger. I’ve always stuck to ketchup and mustard. Pretty sure that will be changing this weekend!

  4. I still dream of Nick’s awesome grilling!

  5. Sounds fabulous!! I can’t wait to give it a try soon!

  6. These look seriously amazing. Adding to my Fourth of July menu!!!

  7. My secret? A milk-soggy slice of white bread mushed up into the meat. Keeps them nice and moist! I think I got this tip from The Pioneer Woman… these certainly look like flavorful burgers though!

  8. OMG so doing this. I might even put some rib rub in my hair. It might help this situation I have going on.

  9. I’ve tried adding quite a few ingredients to my burgers but this sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it (probably won’t be anytime really soon… as I’m suppose to be taking it easy right now so our baby doesn’t come 4 weeks early. Luckily no bed rest ordered though!)

  10. That does sound like the perfect addition to try with our next burgers. I may sneak some in and see what they say!

  11. Thanks for adding Ziplist to your website design………I added this recipe to my recipe box for safe keeping!

  12. So nice Post Dear Kristen!! The color, Size and presentation o this item so much dear. Thanks for such type of post.

  13. Very glad I read all the way through; I was thinking ‘One cup of sugar?’ – now that would have made a unique burger.

    I do love a grilled burger and I’ll give this a try, after all, in this neck of the woods…I’m the Burger Queen! :)

  14. I thought the same as Barbara about the sugar :-) Read the whole recipe and now I get it! Sounds delicious!

  15. Oh I simply must try Nick’s secret. That burger looks perfectly amazing!

  16. Mmm we are just getting grilling so I’m going to have to give this a try!!

  17. This looks crazy delicious!! Totally pinned it! I’m gonna try for it!! :-)

  18. This robust rub will perk up your grilled burgers. Two “secret” ingredients – Italian roast coffee and dutch process cocoa add a depth of flavor that really enhances beef. A weird combination isn’t it? But then again, I add semisweet chocolate to chili also – just so you know where I’m coming from. Yes, I know it sounds strange – but trust me, you’ll like it, even the non coffee drinkers in my house gave it a thumbs up!


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