Seattle is a town famous for fabulous, flavorful foods.  It was hard to choose from so many tasty options, but coffee and cherries are two that jump out at me as uniquely suitable burger flavorings.  I make a quick coffee rub, which lends a slightly bitter, smoky, spicy flavor to the burger.  I balance it out with Cherry jam, sauteed with caramelized onions.  


  • Burger bun
  • ½ pound of ground beef 
  • Smoked Gouda cheese 
  • Instant coffee
  • Cherry jam (or preserves)
  • Onion
  • White wine vinegar 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Starbucks coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. Slice an onion and throw it into a deep pan with just enough oil to sautee the onion.
  2. Add salt and pepper.  Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  3. In a small bowl, mix fresh coffee grounds, brown sugar, chili powder, and paprika.  
  4. Form a beef patty and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  5. When onions are cooked, stir in 2-3 tablespoons of cherry jam.  
  6. Add a splash of white wine vinegar to the onion-jam mixture.
  7. Simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes.
  8. Sear the patty in a clean pan over medium heat, for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  9. When almost cooked, add cheese to top of patty.
  10. Turn off heat, remove patty from pan, and let it rest.  
  11. Plate a split bun, and put cherry-onion mixture on one half of the bun.
  12. Place burger onto the bun.
  13. Top the burger with more of that sweet, tangy cherry-onion mixture.
  14. Place top of bun and cut sandwich in half.

There's nothing quite like the flavors of Seattle!

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