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
My husband's very best burgers - the addition of Rib Rub makes all the difference!
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ 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. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!)

  3. Lisa says

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

  4. says

    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! :)

  5. says

    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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