Cuban Burgers

Ham and cheese top seasoned beef burgers in this unique sandwich.

Cuban Burgers
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Grill Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 thin slices cooked ham (about 3 ounces)

  • 4 slices Fontina or provolone cheese (about 3 ounces)

  • 4 thick slices French bread or hamburger buns, toasted

  • 2 whole dill pickles, sliced horizontally into 8 slices

  • 4 slices red onion

  • 4 slices tomato (optional)

  • 1 recipe Mojo Sauce

Mojo Sauce

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • cup orange juice

  • cup lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl combine beef, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper; mix well. Shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

  2. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160°F), turning once halfway through grilling. Add a slice of ham and cheese to each burger the last 1 minute of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.)

  3. Serve burgers on bread slices with pickles, onion, and, if desired, tomato. Drizzle with some of the Mojo Sauce sauce; pass remaining sauce.

Mojo Sauce

  1. In a medium skillet cook minced garlic in olive oil over medium heat until just starting to brown. Remove from heat. Carefully add orange juice, lemon juice, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Remove from heat; cool. Whisk before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

558 Calories
31g Fat
32g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 558
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 1716mg 75%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 26mg 130%
Calcium 222.1mg 17%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 606mg 13%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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