Cuban Frita Burger recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Cuban Frita Burger

Serves 4
Cuisine: Cuban
Category: Burgers
Our take on a Cuban style burger; a savory spiced patty topped with crispy potatoes and two special sauces. Your extra work is rewarded with bold flavor and surprising texture.
Prep Time
20 mins
Other Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
  • 1 pound Certified Angus Beef ® 80% lean ground beef
  • 3 cups (10-ounces) frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1 cup canola oil for frying
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons paprika, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  1. Heat oil over high heat in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Working in two batches, shallow fry hash browns until extremely crisp and dark golden brown like matchsticks (about 5 minutes per batch). Transfer to brown paper or paper towels, season with 1/4-teaspoon salt. Hash browns can be held at room temperature up to four hours.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine ground beef with onion, fresh garlic, 1/2-teaspoon paprika, 1/2-teaspoon cumin, 1-teaspoon salt and 1/2-teaspoon pepper. Mix by hand and form into four equal sized loosely-packed balls. Refrigerate while preparing sauces.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, 1-teaspoon hot sauce, garlic powder, remaining 1-teaspoon paprika and remaining 1/4-teaspoon cumin. Stir thoroughly, refrigerate.
  4. In another small mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, lime zest, lime juice and remaining 1 -teaspoon hot sauce. Stir to combine, refrigerate.
  5. Once oil in cast iron skillet has cooled enough to handle, pour off excess into a disposable container, wipe skillet clean with a paper towel. Heat cast iron over medium-high heat, place two balls of beef in the skillet. Using a sturdy metal spatula smash to 1/2-inch thick patties. Top each patty with 2-teaspoons of the ketchup-based special sauce. Sear the patties 4 minutes, flip, top with a slice of cheese and sear 2 more minutes. Repeat with remaining balls of beef.
  6. Spread bottom buns with mayo-based special sauce, add burgers, and top each with an equal amount of fried potatoes. Drizzle each potato stacked patty with an additional tablespoon of the ketchup-based sauce and add top bun.
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