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Cuban Hamburger recipe - How to Make a Frita Cubana Burger

from All About Cuban Cooking, courtesy Josefina Alvarez (posted with author's permission)


Cuban hamburger

Here's an authentic recipe from a cookbook that I've been using for more than a decade.  But if you visit a Cuban cafe in Florida, you may find that they put the meat on Cuban bread, and pile on the shoestring potatoes. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Total Time: 25 minutes



1 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp 1000 Island dressing [mayo and ketchup]
1 tsp ketchup
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp ground onion



Soak bread crumbs in milk and mix all ingredients well. Shape into small balls, place in refrigerator for about 2 hours to let the meat marinate with other ingredients. Lightly grease grill or frying pan. Fry meat, press to shape like hamburgers. Serve in hamburger buns.

Serving tip: For better results, cut the bun with a large round cookie cutter, spread with ketchup, sprinkle with chopped onions if desired, serve with shoestring potatoes. Fritas were very popular in Cuba and were sold at little stands like hot dog stands in the United States.


This recipe serves 4.

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