Eat Your Coffee: Espresso Burger Bombs

February 15, 2021Tony Maggert
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Espresso Burger Bomb. Photo by Tony Maggert/Coffee or Die Magazine.

Burger bombs are probably one of my favorite epic dinner meals to feed the family. Maybe it’s the taste or the word bomb in the title or because they aren’t like regular burgers where juices leak all over your hands (unless you are into that). Whatever my reason, you’ll make your own. 

Another great thing about these espresso burger bombs is they are kid friendly. Here is the deal: You and your family unit get to add whatever you want to your burger bombs’ guts. Into kimchi? Add that. You like mushrooms, but the kids pump the brakes at even the thought — no problem. With burger bombs, you now have one more piece of equipment in your arsenal for the never-ending “what’s for dinner” debate.  

Probably the biggest challenge I face in feeding the Chef Maddog Maggert family is no one cares that I went to culinary school. All my children and wife know is it is dinnertime and time to feed the kitchen muscle — and don’t be bringing leafy weird stuff. They want meat.

Like most bombs, these burger bombs are personal — just ask any explosives ordnance disposal guru and they’ll tell you every explosive is different and every one is unique. You can make your burger bombs the way you want, but adding coffee is a sure way to make them a hit.

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Recipe by Tony Maggert. Graphic by Kenna Milaski/Coffee or Die Magazine.

Tony Maggert
Tony Maggert
Tony Maggert is a retired Army contracting officer with 23 years of service, deploying three times to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. Born in Indiana, he was raised in Florida where he joined the military in 1995. He’s been writing government contracts his entire adult life. When he retired, he had a burning desire to go to culinary school and enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. He lost his leg from an accident in Afghanistan in 2011, but being an amputee in the kitchen never stops him. After 23 years, 63 different countries, and having met thousands of people, he feels that food is the one universal language. His passion is food and teaching others that you, too, can make gangster food to feed yourself, friends, and family. His motto is “Give your culinary voice some volume and start cooking.”
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