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Grilled Cubano Burgers
with zucchini / pineapple spears

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

Fire up the grill (or stovetop!) for these pork burgers inspired by classic Cubano sandwiches. While the grill is hot, add some zucchini and pineapple spears to serve on the side.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Cubano Burgers:
  • Ham, deli-sliced (opt) - 1/4 lb, finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Pork, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Cheese, Swiss - 4 slices
  • Hamburger buns - 4
  • Mustard and mayo - for serving
  • Pickles, any sliced - for serving
Grilled Zucchini and Pineapple Spears:
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, sliced into spears
  • Pineapple, fresh - 1 lb, sliced into spears

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Ham / Garlic - Chop ham and garlic and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Zucchini / Pineapple - Slice zucchini and pineapple lengthwise into spears. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Make burger patties - Mix ground pork, ham, garlic, salt and black pepper. Form into 0.5” / 1.3cm thick patties and press thumb into center of the patty, forming a little crater. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. If cooking on a grill: Heat up grill to 500F / 260C, keeping one part of grill over direct heat and one part over indirect. Clean grates and brush with some oil. Grill patties for 2 minutes on each side over direct heat. Season with some salt and pepper as the patties cook. Then move patties to indirect heat, and add zucchini and pineapple to direct heat. Continue grilling until patties are cooked through and zucchini and pineapple are tender and have grill marks on all sides, ~5 to 6 minutes more for all components. In the last minute of cooking, top patties with cheese slices.
  2. If cooking on stovetop / oven: Turn on the oven’s broiler. Place zucchini and pineapple on a sheet pan brushed with some oil. Season zucchini with some salt. Broil on each side until zucchini is tender and pineapple is golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes total.
  3. If cooking on stovetop / oven: Brush a grill pan over medium-high heat with some oil, and then grill patties for 2 minutes on each side. Season with some salt and pepper as the patties cook. Then lower heat to medium and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium, and 5 to 6 minutes for well-done. In the last minute of cooking, top patties with cheese slices.
  4. If you’d like the hamburger buns toasted, toast them on grill / grill pan or under the broiler.
  5. Assemble burgers by spreading mustard and / or mayo on buns. Top them with patties and finish with sliced pickles. Enjoy burgers with zucchini and pineapple on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (69)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (7)

28 reviews

I roasted my pineapple in the oven with a little salt and honey (no zucchini). The sandwich was tasty and easy to make. It's not exactly an authentic cuban, but who cares?

By: Amber
Posted: Apr 02, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was ok; nothing impressive

By: andres
Posted: Jan 31, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

*** for vegetarian version also

By: Stephen
Posted: Nov 18, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Love the technique of adding a little lunchmeat!

By: Lara
Posted: Oct 06, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I didn’t make the vegetable spears and had salad instead, but I thought it wasn’t a bit dull

By: Sophie
Posted: Oct 05, 2017
Diet: Original
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This was quite tasty! Loved the slaw and the grilled zucchini. Didn't grill pineapple instead added mashed potatoes and corn on the cob, so not perfectly Paleo.

By: Shawn
Posted: Sep 28, 2017
Diet: Paleo
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