How To Make A Cuban Frita

Cuban Frita

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In the mean time mix ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and lime juice.
  4. 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

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