Wagyu beef pretzel bun sliders


I was looking on Pinterest for a burger recipe and came across the Chunky Chef’s coffee rubbed burgers with a Dr Pepper BBQ sauce and was instantly intrigued. I decided to adapt it by using a a dry rub with coffee and harissa and using store bought BBQ sauce to make things easier. And it ended up super delicious. I also added some pickles and Asian zing sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings but you can top it with whatever toppings you desire.


  • 1 package of wagyu beef (I got mines at sprouts)
  • 6 pretzels slider buns
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp sweet baby rays sweet vidalia onion BBQ sauce (or your fav BBQ sauce)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp harissa
  • 2-4 tbsp butter
  • Halal beef bacon
  • Mayo
  • Asian zing sauce from Buffalo wild wings
  • Lettuce
  • Pickles

Dry rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp onion power
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp harissa
  • 2 3/4 tsp instant coffee


  1. In a bowl add all the ingredients for the dry rub and mix well
  2. In another bowl add wagyu beef, cilantro, green onions, BBQ sauce, salt, pepper, harissa and mix well.
  3. Form into slider sized patties.
  4. Place dry rub on each slider patty. (You can dip the patty into the spice rub to make it easier)
  5. In a large pan add 2 tbsp butter and melt on medium high heat.
  6. Cook for a few minutes on each side. Be careful not to burn it (the brown sugar will burn it faster so keep an eye on it)
  7. Fry up some beef bacon and set aside on a paper towel lined plate.
  8. To assemble, add mayo on bottom bun, add lettuce, patty, BBQ sauce, bacon and then add some Asian zing sauce on the top bun and close.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.thechunkychef.com/coffee-rubbed-burgers-with-dr-pepper-bbq-sauce/

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