Cuban Hamburger (Frita Cubana)

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May. 05, 2013

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!


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)



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.


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.


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


11. Serve immediately with fried plantain and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 10

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 590Calories from Fat 265

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 30 g46.2%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 996 mg41.5%

Total Carbohydrates 46 g15.3%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 9 g

Protein 35 g70%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet