Pressed Cuban-Style Burger

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 16 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound ground chuck

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup best quality mayonnaise

3 cloves roasted garlic, pureed

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

4 hamburger buns

4 slices thinly sliced smoked ham

8 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese

2 dill pickles, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices


  1. Form the meat into 4 (1/4-inch thick) burgers. Season the meat with salt and pepper on both sides and cook in a saute pan over high heat to medium doneness, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise and roasted garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread both sides of each bun with mayonnaise and mustard.
  3. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom portion of each bun, place the burger on top of the cheese, then top the burger with a slice of ham then another slice of cheese then the pickle slices. Place the tops of the bun over the pickles and cook on a sandwich press or wrap the burgers in aluminum foil and cook in a hot skillet over high heat with a heavy skillet placed on top of the burger to press the sandwich. Cook until golden brown and cheese has melted.
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