Cuban Super-Smashed Burgers
Not just a way of getting out your frustrations by pounding some meat; smashing your burger also means a much tastier beef patty that’s crisp on the outside but oh so juicy on the inside.
// Get ready to cook:
1. Form the beef mince into 4 equal meatballs (50g each). Set aside.
2. As the patties cook so quickly build your buns first. To both bottom buns add some mayo and 3 gherkins. To each top bun add some mayo and 3 slices chorizo.
3. Heat a pan to high heat without oil till smoking hot. Add 2 meatballs. Using a metal spatula (or swanky burger press if you have one), press down to smash each meatball to form a very thin round patty and leave to cook for 1 min without touching. Scrape the patties off the pan with the metal spatula and flip over. After 8-10 sec add the cheese on top of 1 of the patties and place the other patty on top. Remove from pan to bottom burger bun. Repeat with the remaining meatballs.
4. Top each patty with 1 Tbsp Cuban Chimichurri. Cover with the top bun and bite in!
2 Tbsp (30g) Cuban Chimichurri
200g Beef Mince (ideally 20%)
2 American Cheese Slices
2 Brioche Burger Buns
6 Thin Chorizo Slices
6 Cut Pickles
2 Tbsp (30g) Mayonnaise
Thor’s Meat Hammer
You don’t quite need a Norse god’s hammer to smash your burger but whatever you use, ‘just make sure that you do! Squishing the meat patty means more surface area for browning and flavour. It cooks quicker, develops a nice crust and remains juicy to the bite - an all-round good thing if you ask us.
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Cuban Chimichurri pays homage to the Argentinian parilla steakhouses but with a Cuban twist. Chimichurri is a popular condiment for charred churrasco steaks and smoky chorizo choripán, traditionally made only with parsley. But the Cuban variation livens it up with cilantro and we have also added mint to create our very own street food version!
About this dish:
Cooking Equipment Needed: 1 Cast Iron Pan or Frying Pan
How to Serve: Fries and an ice-cold cerveza
Make It Your Own: Experiment with different burger components. Play around with some sliced ham, swiss cheese and a squeeze of American mustard for a real Cuban Sandwich feel or the ever reliable lettuce and red onion to add some crunch!