Recipe of the Week: Frita Cubana (The Cuban Hamburger)

Photo by wallyg

The Frita Cubana has it's origins as a quick and delicious street food from the early to mid 20th century Cuba.  These fried potato sticks add a Cuban twist to the traditional American hamburger. Viewed more as a street / cafeteria oriented dish, they were some of the favorites of the early Cuban migrants. You can actually still find these served at some of the more authentic Cuban establishments in NYC and lower Florida. Here are a few that come highly regarded:


Amor Cubano


Rumba Cubano



El Mago

Now for the most important part...Our recipe!

The Traditional Frita Cubana

1. lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

1/2 lb ground sausage

5 cloves of garlic finely minced

1/3 cup grated onion

1 tsp cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup

6 to 8 grated or 1 large can or shoestring potatoes fried

onion slices 

vegetable oil

6-8 hamburger buns


1: Mix together all ingredients by hand in a large bowl  *except the shoestring potatoes and onion*

2: Form 6 to 8 patties and fry or grill on medium heat to your liking

3. Fill the bottom of a skillet with 1/2 to 1 inch of vegetable oil and bring to medium heat

4. Fry the fritas to medium done (make sure not to over cook) and dry on paper towels 

5. Slap a patty on a bun, top with fritas, onions, and ketchup and VOILA! Cubano Deliciousness!