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Cubano Burgers

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Cubano Burgers are a riff on a classic Cubano sandwich! Mojo pork patties are topped with ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and a tangy mustard sauce! So much porky flavor!



For the Burgers:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Avocado oil, for searing the burgers
  • 8 thin slices of deli honey ham
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese

For the Sauce:

  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice from the jar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Black pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • Burger buns
  • Dill pickles
  • Pickled red onions


For the Burgers:

  1. Preheat the grill or a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except the oil) and mix until incorporated.
  3. Form the mixture into four balls and then press into patties.
  4. If using the grill, brush the grates with a little oil. If using a pan, drizzle a little bit of oil in the pan.
  5. Add the burgers and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer registers 160°F.
  6. During the last minute of cook time, top the burgers with the sliced ham and cheese (2 slices of ham and 1 slice of cheese per burger). Cover the grill or pan so that the cheese can melt.

For the Sauce:

While the burgers are cooking, whisk the ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl. Season, to taste. I sometimes add another drizzle of honey if I want it a touch sweeter.

To Serve:

  1. Toast your burger buns (I do this right on the grill or in the hot pan with the cooking juices).
  2. Top each bun with a burger patty, dill pickles, pickled red onions, and a healthy schmear of the sauce.
  3. Serve immediately.


You can add any toppings you like to these, just like with any burger recipe. I keep things simple to really echo the sentiment of a classic Cuban sandwich. The must-haves for this: ham, swiss, mustard, and dill pickles.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: burgers

Keywords: Cubano burgers, cubano-inspired burgers, mojo pork burgers