Cuban Burger

This incredibly easy Cuban Burger will change up the ordinary burger with the addition of Cuban spices, salty ham and a pickle on top.  Of course that’s optional, unless you’re like me and LOVE pickles. 

Cuban Burger |

If you’re like me, you eat a LOT of burgers during the summer months.  Why heat up the house by turning on the oven or stovetop when you can fire up the grill.  Yes, I own a spice company and we make tons of rubs for grilling, but sometimes I just want something completely different.  Enter the Cuban Burger.

Cuban Burger |

My business partner and I went to New York City at the beginning of July and while we were out trying to find a place for dinner one night we happened on a Cuban restaurant and WOW it was the best decision ever.  Pete had a Cuban sandwich and it was bomb.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  So, I decided I’d take the Cuban to a whole new level and make it burger style.  Oh I know, if you’re a Cuban sandwich purest you’re shaking your head right now…but just stay with me here.  It’s not perfect, but it’s delicious.  And different.  Totally not the usual grilled burger suspect.  

Cuban Burger |

I don’t know if you’ve heard but it’s National Burger Month and me and 29 of my favorite food bloggers have gotten together to bring you 30 delicious burgers.  Special thanks to Kita from Girl Carnivore for rallying us all together for this event.  Make sure you read to the bottom…there’s a giveaway you don’t want to miss out on.  

Cuban Burger

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Cuban Burger

A Cuban Burger that is so bombdelicious you may be making them way more than you ever expected you would.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seed powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-4 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 4-8 slices cooked ham, sliced
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • french rolls, cut in half
  • butter
  • dill pickle slices
  • red onion rings
  • tomato slices
  • grainy mustard


  1. In a large bowl, add beef, garlic granules, cumin, salt, black pepper and hot pepper sauce. Mix well and shape into 4 patties.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high and grill patties for 12-18 minutes, turning once, until almost done to your liking. Top with Swiss cheese slices just before the patties are done.
  3. Butter the French rolls and place over the grill for a few minutes to get a good toasted crust. Remove to a platter and top each bottom half with a burger.
  4. To assemble, top each burger with ham, pickle, onion, tomato and spread the top bun with grainy mustard. Serve immediately with your favorite side.


 A huge thanks to all of the creative bloggers who were just as inspired by a month of burgers as I was and the awesome companies that have donated prizes to #burgermonth, Char-Broil, Cabot Cheese, Le Creuset, DreamfarmSpiceologist Woodbridge Wines

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  • Carolyn @ Cabot Creamery
    August 10, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I cannot wait to try your Cuban burger….including the pickle!~Carolyn @ Cabot

  • Stefanie D
    August 8, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Burger Month. Is there really any other month worth celebrating? The only “epic” burger I’ve ever come up with is a Rosemary turkey burger with cheese in the patty. That’s about as fun as I get without help! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      August 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      sounds insanely delish to me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kita
    August 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

    True story, my StepMom loves herself a great Cuban – and this burger… Oh my goodness – I know she would LOVE it. Totally digging this wicked creation for #BurgerMonth

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      August 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks much and I like your Step mom a lot right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for having me as part of Burger Month!!