I remember the first time I had a Cuban Frita. I was just a kid wanting a hamburger and I thought that is what I ordered, or mom ordered for me. To my surprise it was this beautiful greasy, sausage tasting burger with crispy fried potatoes, that were served in between the burger buns.
I was used to eating my fries on the side, but they where not french fries, they were crispy shoestring potato sticks which added an extra texture to every bite.
I call it a Cuban hamburger but it is really more than that. It has ground beef just like an American burger, but I mix in ground-up Spanish Chorizo. Then form the patties toss them on the grill. Then it is time to build. Enjoy the recipe.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 pound dried Spanish Chorizo (casings removed) and ground up.
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 oz. white vinegar
- 4 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
- 8 hamburger buns
- 1 can shoestring potato sticks
- In large bowl combine the ground beef, chorizo, garlic, paprika, cumin, and vinegar. Make 8 burger patties, set in refrigerator to firm-up for 30-minutes.
- Turn on the grill to medium-high heat. Cook the burgers 3-4 minutes per side. Timing will depend on how you like your burgers finished, medium, medium-well, or well-done.
- In the mean time mix ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and lime juice.
- Coat buns with ketchup mixture. Place cooked burger patties on bun, top with cilantro leaves, and a big helping of shoestring potato sticks.
Makes 8 servings