Coffee Rubbed Venison Bacon Burgers

Today, Frugal Foodie Mama is back with her mouthwatering recipe for Coffee Rubbed Venison Bacon Burgers. Make a list, check it twice, and make your way to the market this weekend to pick up what you need for this burger that screams local 🙂

If you visit the Bridgeport Farmers Market on any given Sunday during their outdoor season, you are sure to find at least 40 different local farmers selling their freshly picked vegetables and pasture raised eggs & meats from baskets and coolers at various tables throughout the market. I am on a mission once again during this outdoor farmers market season to show you how you can create a delicious meal purchasing mostly locally grown & raised produce and meats at the market this summer. 

For the month of July, I am sharing the recipe for this juicy & flavorful Coffee Rubbed Venison Bacon Burger. For those of who are not familiar with cooking with venison, it is deer meat. And deer meat tends to be on the leaner side with very little fat & with a slightly gamey flavor. My remedy for both of these predicaments? Thick cut local bacon, of course! 😉


Not only did I grind up & mix in a couple of pieces of raw bacon into the ground venison, but I also topped each of these burgers with a super flavorful coffee rub, melted cheddar cheese, & two more slices of crispy bacon. The results? Perhaps one of the best burgers I have ate so far this summer. 

This month’s recipe features ground venison from Sweet Wind Farm, coffee beans from Quantum Bean Coffee, & thick cut bacon from Shipley’s Forest Hill FarmBe sure to stop by their tables during your next visit to the Bridgeport Farmers Market, & tell them I sent you. 😉


Coffee Rubbed Venison Bacon Burgers

prep time: 20 min cook time: 25 min total time: 45 min


For the Coffee Rub

  • 1 tbsp whole bean coffee, ground very fine 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

For the venison burgers

  • 1 lb. of ground deer meat (venison) or very lean ground beef
  • 2 slices of bacon, uncooked & ground in a food processor
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked crispy (see my method for baking bacon by CLICKING HERE)
  • 4 good quality hamburger buns
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • Red onion slices (optional)


How to cook Coffee Rubbed Venison Bacon Burgers

  1. For the coffee rub: Whisk the ground coffee, brown sugar, salt, pepper, & garlic powder together. Set aside.
  2. Cook the 8 slices of bacon until crispy. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. For the venison burgers:
  4. Using the grind setting on your food processor, grind up the 2 slices of uncooked bacon. In a medium sized bowl, combine the ground deer with the bacon, salt, & pepper.  Form the mixture into 4 even 1/4 lb. patties. Sprinkle about 1 tsp of the coffee rub over the top of each of the burgers. Pat in the rub with your fingers.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stove top. Once heated add in the olive oil. Places the burgers rub side down in the skillet. Cook about 4 minutes on that side, then flip & cook an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side. Transfer the skillet to the heated oven & cook an additional 5-8 minutes. Place the cheddar slices on top of the burgers during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
  6. Top each burger with a red onion slice & 2 slices of bacon. Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!


You may also choose to grill these burgers on your outdoor grill. Just transfer to the upper rack after cooking on both sides until the burgers are cooked through to your desired doneness.

Author: heidinawrocki

Soap maker. Knitter. Farmers market junkie.

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