Mini Cuban Burgers (Fritas)

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk

1 large yellow onion, grated on the large-hole side of a box grater

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 pounds lean ground beef

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 1 lime)

3 tablespoons ketchup, plus extra for serving

3 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tablespoon salt

3/4 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon olive oil

12 mini hamburger rolls or Cuban rolls


  1. Place the bread crumbs in a large bowl. Cover with milk and soak for 2 minutes. Add the onion, the beaten egg, ground beef, lime juice, ketchup, garlic powder, salt, and paprika and work the ingredients together with your hands or a wooden spoon just until combined. Form the mixture into 12 small 1-inch thick patties and refrigerate them for at least 45 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about 1/2 of the burgers and brown them on each side, flipping with spatula, 5 to 7 minutes. Set the fritas on the rolls and cook the remaining burgers. Serve with generous amounts of ketchup.

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