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Cuban Sandwich Burgers

Cuban Sandwich Burger. A simply seasoned ground pork patty combined with deli ham, Swiss cheese and mustard on a crusty burger bun. A quicker way to enjoy the great flavour of a Cuban sandwich.

Cuban Sandwich Burger pictured with potato chips and beer

Cuban Sandwich Burger.

Cuban Sandwiches seem to be everywhere these days. I’ve tried a few of them in my travels to Florida and they are a brilliant example of simple ingredients coming together to create something much greater than the sum of its parts.

All of the popular food sites seem to have done articles on them in the past year or so and numerous food trucks have popped up with the star of the menu being the authentic “Cubano” as they are known. The Cubano even has played a central role in the recent John Favreau movie “Chef”.

Cuban Sandwich Burger cut in half to show the centre of the burger

Cuban Sandwich Burger. All the flavour in far less time.

My inspiration for the Cuban Sandwich Burger

I was grinding some pork to make my easy homemade breakfast sausage recently when I had a little leftover and the idea to turn it into pork burgers for dinner popped into my head.

When asking myself what would be good to top a pork burger I suddenly remembered those Cubanos I was seeing everywhere. I had all of the ingredients on hand so I decided to give it a whirl.

The slow roasted pork traditionally used in the sandwiches is often marinated in cumin, garlic and oregano, so I used those to season the patties. I then constructed the burgers as I would for the sandwiches.

The sandwiches are also traditionally toasted in a press and you can give that a try too if you like but I stuck with a crusty burger bun on this occasion. I may try putting them in my panini press nest time to see how that goes.

If you have a yearning for a good cuban sandwich but don’t have the hours it takes to slow roast pork, try this burger idea. It will definitely quell your Cubano craving.

Grinding Pork for Cuban Sandwich Burgers. Shows seasonings tossed with cubes of pork

Grinding Pork for Cuban Sandwich Burgers

July 2018 Update

If you are grinding your own pork for these burgers, which I highly recommend, here’s a couple of tips. 

  1. Use pork shoulder or sirloin for best flavour. You can trim the fat easily and regulate the fat content of the ground pork to your preference.
  2. A coarse grind is very good but if you find the patties too crumbly when cooked, try using a coarse grind for half the pork and a fine grind for the other half. This should give you a good mix of texture and binding.
  3. As in making sausage, you can toss the seasonings with the small cubes of meat that you will be passing through the grinder. Grinding the meat this way, ensures a perfectly even distribution of the seasoning throughout the entire batch of meat.

Grinding pork for sausages

If unusual, incredibly flavourful burgers like this one are your thing you might also like our award winning recipe for a Bacon Sriracha Peanut Butter Cheeseburger!

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Cuban Sandwich Burger pictured with potato chips and beer
Yield: 4 Burgers

Cuban Sandwich Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cuban Sandwich Burger - a simply seasoned ground pork patty combined with deli ham, swiss cheese and mustard on a crusty burger bun. A quicker way to enjoy the great flavour of a Cuban sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound coarsely ground pork
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp try oregano
  • 1 clove small finely minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 8 ounces thin sliced deli ham
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • yellow mustard
  • sliced dill pickles
  • 4 crusty burger buns

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the ground pork with the minced garlic, cumin and oregano. Knead the seasonings into the ground pork a little so that it holds together better to form into patties.
  2. Form the ground pork into four 5 inch patties. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Fry the patties in a non stick pan until well browned and the internal temperature of the patties is 160-170 degrees. During the last minute or two of cooking time add one or two slices of cheese on top of the patties to melt.
  4. Toast the buns under the broil and spread yellow mustard on both sides. Place about 1 1/2 ounces of the deli ham on each bun.
  5. Add the cooked patties with the melted cheese on top of the ham, then add sliced dill pickles before topping with the second half of the bun. Serve immediately.

Notes


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

Fully dressed burger

Amount Per Serving Calories 637Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 156mgSodium 1248mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 51g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

This looks delicious! I have never tried any burger like this before, but would love to try!

Liz

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Thank you Barry for the nice recipe.

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