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Cuban Hamburger (Frita Cubana)

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My version of a Cuban style hamburger. It includes the spice mixture for the meat, a really good mojo and the traditional cooking technique. Enjoy!
Ingredients
  80/20 ground beef 2 1⁄2 Pound
  Aleppo pepper 2 Tablespoon (or paprika)
  Ancho chili powder 2 Tablespoon
  Granulated garlic 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander seed 1 Teaspoon
  Mexican oregano 1 Teaspoon
  Ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground clove 1⁄4 Teaspoon
For mojo
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic clove 6 , mince
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Sour orange juice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (or substitute with a mixture of orange and lemon juice)
  Tomato sauce 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs) (as needed)
  Hamburger buns 10 (more or less as needed)
  Fried potatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs) (as needed)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, Aleppo pepper, chili powder, granulated garlic, salt, ground coriander, Mexican oregano, black pepper, ground cumin, and ground clove. Mix well.
2. Cover the bowl with saran wrap, pop it in refrigerator and let it rest for 4-5 hours.

MAKING
3. Place a skillet on flame and saute minced garlic with some olive oil until fragrant.
4. Add tomato paste, sour orange juice, tomato sauce, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper. Stir well and bring it to a boil.
5. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove 2/3rd of the sauce from the pan and reduce the remaining.
6. Using ice cream scooper, roll meat to medium sized balls.
7. Preheat and grease grill grates with oil.
8. Place patties on hot grill, squeeze them down, top them with onion, smash, pour some mojo on top and cook until done.
9. Toast buns on grill.

FINALIZING
10. Place patties on bun, sprinkle some reduced mojo sauce and top it with fried potato.

SERVING
11. Serve immediately with fried plantain and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Cuban
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Grilling
Dish: 
Burger
Ingredient: 
Ground Meat
Restriction: 
High Protein
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
10

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 590 Calories from Fat 265

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 30 g46%

Saturated Fat 1 g5.2%

Trans Fat 0.8 g

Cholesterol 100 mg33.3%

Sodium 996.8 mg41.5%

Total Carbohydrates 46 g15.4%

Dietary Fiber 4.8 g19.2%

Sugars 9.2 g

Protein 35 g70%

Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 48.1%

Calcium 11.6% Iron 15%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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