Cuban Burger with Lime Mayonnaise

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on May 26, 2011

It’s finally here!!!!

Memorial Day Weekend. A time when we reflect upon the tremendous sacrifices so many Americans have made  in the defense of freedom. It also marks the start of Grilling Season – and personally I can think of no better way to honor those who have sacrificed so much then by engaging in a truly American tradition – the backyard barbeque.

I thought I’d kick off  grilling season  with -what else?  A burger!! But not just any burger – a Cuban influenced burger that is flavored with sofrito and is finished off with a tart and tangy Lime Mayonnaise.  Recently the kind folks at Old Havana Foods sent me a sample pack of their products – Sofrito, Frijoles Negro and their fabulous Chili Cubano and I have been having a blast playing with them all! Over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself constantly reaching for the jar of Sofrito – happily spooning it  out  to add to all kinds of dishes – eggs, sauces, marinades … and this burger.  Now, in case you aren’t familiar with it, Sofrito is   the “mirepoix” of Cuban cuisine – a mixture of onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs and spices. The recipes for it vary and every Cuban  family has their own particular version –   but they all have the same thing in common – they all add an amazing depth of flavor to whatever they are added to!!

Old Havana Foodsbc Cuban Burger with Lime Mayonnaise

For this burger I started  out with a mixture of half ground pork and half ground beef with a generous helping of Sofrito mixed in. Fresh slices of tomato,  crisp green lettuce and thin slices of red onion are topped with mayonnaise flavored with lime and garlic – a perfect counterpoint to the rich flavors of the meat.

So, here’s hoping  that you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend grilling up your favorite foods…. let the grilling begin!!! I posted this as part of the Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France CheeseRösleEmile HenryRouxbe and ManPans. Stop on by for your chance to win!

Cuban Burgers with Lime Mayonnaise

(serves 6)

  • 3/4 lb. ground pork
  • 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • 6 Tbsp. sofrito
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 6 slices of tomato
  • 6 loose leaf lettuce leaves
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices, rings separated
  • 6 hamburger buns or Cuban rolls

Lime Mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, mashed to a paste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre heat the grill.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the pork, beef , sofrito and salt and pepper.
  3. Using your hands, knead mixture together until thoroughly combined. Form into 6 (4 oz. ) patties and set aside.
  4. To make the mayonnaise, combine the mayonnaise, juice, zest and garlic in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. Grill burgers over medium high heat until cooked through – about 4- 6 minutes per side.
  6. Toast buns on the grill and spread both cut sides with mayonnaise. Add lettuce, tomato, onion, meat patty and the bun top.
  7. Eat!!!





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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

FoodSage May 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.


Nancy May 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

I hope you enjoy it!!


Magic of Spice May 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

This is one seriously kicked up burger! The Sofrito must add such an amazing twist of flavors…perfect for Memorial Day grilling :)
Have a wonderful and safe weekend Nancy …


Nancy May 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

I was pretty pleased with the flavors – but how couldn’t I be? Everything is better with pork!! Hope you have a great weekend as well!!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' May 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oooh, I’d love to try some of that Sofrito – will look for it on my weekend shopping ventures. Your burger sounds amazing with pork, sofrito, and lime may amping up the flavors! Enjoy your long weekend, Nancy :)


Nancy June 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I found some by Goya at the local Vons!


Jennifer May 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I’ve been seeing sofrito a lot recently and was wondering what it was. Thanks to your post, now I know and I want some. These burgers sound like the perfect vehicle to try it in.


Nancy June 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Hi Jen!!!

This is definitely going to be my “go to” condiment for a while!


Lana May 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I love giving some extra sparkle to a hamburger, and looking at your photo I can only imagine how juicy it was! A great variation! I have used sofrito only as a base to a Latin dish, and love the idea of adding it to ground meat.
I hope you have a great weekend!


Louise May 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

oooh sofrito in a jar, how cool is that. i adore cuban food – the mayo sounds like it would be my favorite thing- sounds good for a dipping sauce.


Nancy June 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The jarred sofrito is great – I’ve been adding it to all kinds of things – and I agree with the mayo… I could eat on just about anything!


Kim May 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Wow, a hamburger patty with half pork?! Awesome. The sofrito does sound like a great flavor booster.

You rock a beautiful burger. Hope the boys got some of those!



Nancy June 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Yes they did!! And the burgers passed with flying colors!


sippitysup June 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

This has LA Times Burger written all over it! Yes?? GREG


Cheri June 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Nancy, this burger looks amazing. I love the flavors of cuban food!


Nancy June 4, 2011 at 10:04 am

I do too…I am constantly amazed how versatile sofrito is!


marla June 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hey Nancy this burger looks unbelievable!
We would love if you submitted this recipe & any two other entrees to this week of the Get Grillin’ event that Cookin’ Canuck and I am hosting. We have a big Ile De France Cheese giveaway going on :)


Nancy June 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hey Marla!!
You read my mind – will definitely be posting the burger!!! I am loving this contest – you guys are doing such a great job!


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