Cubano Burger

Makes 5 epic burgers!


Cubano Glaze (makes 1 cup)

  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup molasses

Chipotle Mayonnaise (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp red onions, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro


  • 20 oz ground pork
  • 15 oz ground beef
  • 5 slices ham, ¾ - 1 oz each
  • 10 slices Swiss cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • canola oil or butter for pan

Special Equipment

  • stainless steel bowls
  • rubber spatula
  • burger patty paper
  • skillet


Make Glaze - yield = 1 cup (shelf life - 4 days)

  1. Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix to combine
  2. Store in air-tight plastic containers

Make Chipotle Mayonnaise - yield = 1 cup (shelf life - 4 days)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix to combine

Prepare Burgers

  1. Mix in both meats and incorporate well but don't over mix
  2. Form 3½ oz balls. You should have an even number of balls
  3. Flatten half of the 3½ oz balls
  4. Take the cheese and fold 1 side over ½".  Fit the cheese together so it is like 3 slices together.  Wrap the slice of ham around the cheese and set in the center of burger
  5. Flatten the remaining balls into discs to cover the ham and cheese
  6. Top each burger with the flattened meat forming a stuffed burger
  7. Once all burgers are formed remove from the board and layer with patty paper

Cook Burgers

  1. Heat a small amount of canola oil (or clarified butter) in a frying pan.  Salt and pepper the burgers on both sides
  2. Sear burgers for 3 minutes on one side until golden brown.  Then gently flip the burgers and add 1 tbsp of Cubano Glaze to each burger and spread over burger surface. Then finish burgers in the oven at 450º for 6 minutes