Monday, January 28, 2013

Cuban Burgers

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Last spring, we made what seems to have become a yearly trek to the Orlando area. This time, however, my husband couldn't get enough of the Cuban sandwich. Cuban sandwiches are fairly rare back home (at the time, home was Texas but even now in North Carolina it's a rare sight!) and they are so darn tasty. We capitalized on the Cuban influence in Florida and enjoyed them while we could.

If you've never had a Cuban sandwich, they are fairly simple: ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. A Cuban twist on the ham and cheese sandwich, if you will. This burger takes the essence of a Cuban sandwich and smooshes it into burger format. And it's a total win.

The ground pork is heavily flavored with garlic, cilantro, oregano, cumin, and a healthy dose of fresh lime. To that patty, you add the traditional ham, swiss cheese, and pickle but also throw in some dijon mustard and garlic roasted mayo.

Your mouth watering yet?

Cuban Burgers

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 hamburger buns
4 slices swiss cheese
4 slices smoked ham
dill pickle slices (for topping)
dijon mustard (for topping)

Mix the garlic, cilantro, lime zest, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper into the pork. Form the pork into 4 patties about 3/4 of an inch thick. Grill or pan fry the burgers until cooked, about 3-5 minutes per side. When almost finished, top each patty with a slice of ham and slice of swiss; allow cheese to melt.

Mix the roasted garlic and into the mayonnaise.

To the bun, add dijon mustard, garlic mayo, and pickles. Add patty and enjoy.

Source: Closet Cooking

Linked up at What's In Your Kitchen Wednesday @ Kitchen Meets Girl


  1. This sounds amazing! Cubans are one of my favorite sandwiches! I've never cooked with ground pork before, but I definitely need these burgers in my life. <3

    1. Once you try them, let me know what you think! :-)

  2. This sounds so yummy! Pinned. Also your newest GFC and FB follower!


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