Spinach and Artichoke Galette.
I have such a fun burger to share today!!
I will not lie, The Cuban Frita Burger is a little crazy, but the Cuban’s know how to do a burger right.
First, let me tell you yet another story. Promise this one will not be as long and boring as the last…I hope.
When I was on vacation down in south Florida… living the life I pretty much dream of, sitting in sunshine and 80 degree temps and walking around in a bathing suit, and or shorts and a t-shirt, all day… I also experienced a lot of Cuban food. You seee my grandparents live in Jupiter, which is about an hour and half from Miami. So the Cuban cuisine sometimes makes it’s way up to the quiet little town of Jupiter (not quite as eccentric of a town as Miami, but maybe Miami isn’t for all Cubans) and we were the lucky beneficiaries.
BUT – the family and I also took a trip down south, closer to Miami, to head to a flea market so dad and I could prop shop.
**Side note, my dad made this trip happen because he is that intense about finding me new junk to shoot on (seriously, he’s the best!). And I have to say, there is no better place than a flea market to find food photography props. The props are good and the deals are AMAZING.
Anyway, my dad piled us all in the car, teenage brother, six year old sister and always up for an adventure, mom in tow. We set off to do some real deal, flea market hunting.
So we get to the flea market and umm, let me just say, flea markets are not necessarily where I want to be on vacation. Or ever?
See, I am an obsessively clean person and well, flea markets are typically dirty, hot and crowded. All three of which make me feel a little uneasy (I promise I am not THAT high maintenance, but then I kind of am, cause ahh, I like comfort. UGH.) But somehow I manage to look past this and continue on to have a fun day and bring home a bunch of new junk to clutter my house with. I swear, I am becoming the junk lady…and this frightens me SO much. No really, I stress about my junk (ISSUES!).
At least this said junk cost me less than $10. You really just cannot beat that.
Point of the story – we end up stopping at some hole in the wall restaurant that served Cuban Frita Burgers. FYI – it is very typical while on a Gerard family outing to stop at a hole in the wall place. It’s kind of my dad’s thing, nothing can be mainstream. Some times these hole in the wall places are great and then sometimes… well you may end up on the toilet all night. ->Truth.
So these burgers, the Frita as the Cubans call them. They are something else. Full of flavor and texture and SAUCE! You guys know how important sauce is around here. Oh and fried eggs too! But those are optional, and if adding an egg the burger should really be called a caballo, but I can’t really pronounce that so I am still calling mine Frita.
The patties are made up of a mix of Cuban spices, but I went ahead and took a little short cut and just used a combo of ground beef and some super spicy chorizo + Spanish paprika. The patties alone are really just so delicious. They’re definitely not your typical burger.
I then added cheese (of course), which actually is not traditional, but I couldn’t do a burger without cheese. It just seemed like a lonely burger without it.
From here, things get really fun. Loads and loads of shoestring fries are piled on top of the patty. Not much can beat shoestring fries, but when added to the top of a burger? Yeah, awesome.
Next you drizzle the shoestrings with the secret sauce. But guys, this secret sauce is different from any other. It’s not mayo based and it’s really pretty simple. Tomatoes, brown sugar and spices + my additions of orange juice and sriracha to kick things up a bit. A little spice is always so GOOOOD. See, so simple! But I promise, it really is the secret to this burger. You can’t make a Frita without the sauce, you can’t.
You are also supposed to only serve these on real deal Cuban buns, but finding them anywhere in Colorado, or at least in the Denver area…I called all over…even had people willing to drive down to pick them up…well it just wasn’t happening. SO, I decided I’d order my buns online and have them sent all the way from Miami. Great idea, right? NOT. They came all smooshed and dried out. BUMMER.
The good news is that my pineapple sodas made the trip just fine. And in true Cuban fashion you should also serve this burger with a sugar loaded pineapple soda. OK, truth? I hate all soda and didn’t drink those, but I love their fun color so I went with it. Is that lame? Probably, but that color!! If soda is not your thing, I’d go for a (chocolate) shake. I mean, we are having fun, so why the heck not?!?
Oh and for me, that egg is a MUST, but you can take it or leave it. Just make sure you include all of the rest!
Don’t be skimpy here.
Also, don’t these burgers just make you dream of summer?!?!?
Clearly, I am daydreaming, as I am watching the snow fall outside my window. Send help!
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Or actually, just send sunshine and warmth… and photos of your burgers!! Yes, do that and be sure to tag them #halfbakedharvest – CAN’T WAIT!
What type of chorizo did you use in this recipe? There’s the Mexican ground chorizo and the Spanish chorizo which are different in taste. Can’t wait to make this recipe!
Hi Maria! I use the Mexican ground chorizo. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
These were delicious! A couple suggestions, at least for me – the burgers did not bind! Idk if the chorizo you used worked better, but I had to add an egg and some breadcrumbs to get these to not crumble apart. Also, I would suggest cooking the burgers on a lower heat and cooking slower. Again, idk if it was just my chorizo, but the outside was kind of burning but the inside still needed a bit longer. But seriously so good! Loved the sauce and fries and everything!!
I am so happy to hear that these turned out so amazing for you and you loved them! Thank you so much Lori!
Jeeze. I am making out my shopping list and my fingers just typed in Walmart – Pineapple soda – chorizo – hamburger – sriracha – and (cheat shoestring fries -frozen). I think some kinda VooDoo is goin’ on here!
OMG! These look sooooooo scrumptious! I would make them, but I don’t know how I could get my mouth to go around them (Or I am afraid I could). You make me want to eat anything with your amazing photo snaps!
This was a very good combination. I used a 1.5 beef to .5 chorizo combo, replaced the ketchup with the secret sauce and the Sriracha with chili-garlic sauce. The cheddar cheese was okay, but blue cheese was delicious. The sauce makes a lot, but the extra is excellent in eggplant parmigiana.
Thanks so much!
I made these for Mother’s Day and they were a HUGE hit. THIS is how burgers should taste. Everyone loved them and I think this might be my new go-to patty. Thank you!
Update: Apparently my step-dad asked for one of these for breakfast to take to work. Seal of approval.
haha! YEAH!! 🙂