Frita Cubana

Frita Cubana

Also known as a Cuban Burger, the Frita Cubana was born in Havana sometime in the 1930s. In fact, during mealtimes Cubans had their choice among several street carts lining the busy roads. And as with all of the most exciting foods from Cuban culture, the entirety of South Florida, and Miami in particular, provides many options to find that perfect Frita Cubana.

Frita Cubana

  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Lb Ground Pork
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp each of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/3 C Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Large Potatoes, skinned and julienned (matchstick size)
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 C Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Oil for frying the fries
  • Hamburger Buns

In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, garlic, onion powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper, and mix together very well. Cover the bowl and store in the fridge to help firm up the mixture. In a small saucepan, bring 1 C water and 1/3 C vinegar to medium heat. Add the sugar, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Mix constantly as it heats and add salt and pepper after about 5-6 minutes, reduce heat to low and save ½ C of the sauce in a separate bowl (store in the fridge if you can). Bring one inch of vegetable oil to medium-high heat and start cooking your fries when the oil is ready. Fry until golden brown, transfer to paper towels to dry and sprinkle salt on top. Remove about ½” oil from the pan and set back on the burner. Take the meat bowl out of the fridge and mix in the reserved ½ C of sauce to incorporate. Form the meat into 6 patties about ¾” thick and place a couple patties into the hot oil. Cover the pan and cook each side for about 6-7 minutes. The outside will get a little darkened, but the pork needs to cook well and it’ll still end up pretty moist when finished. Set the patties onto paper towels to dry when finished and repeat the process until all the burgers are cooked. Bring 1 Tbsp olive oil to medium-high heat in a medium skillet, add the lemon juice and onions, and cook about 5-6 minutes until just softened. Assemble the burgers with fries, onions and sauce.