Sausage Burger (Frita Cubana)

Time 20 minutes
Yields Makes 4 burgers
Sausage Burger (Frita Cubana)

Grind sausage or process in food processor to size of peppercorns or smaller. Add chuck and process until mixture stands up on blade.


Remove meat and pick through to remove connective tissue. Form into 4 patties. Grill over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve on buns with ketchup and onions to taste and enough shoestring potatoes to give sandwich some crunch.

Spicy aged sausages like pepperoni and Spanish-style chorizo have wonderful flavor, but they’re a bit too strong to grill by themselves, so dilute the sausage with beef. You could make this using supermarket ground beef in place of chuck, but the texture will not be as good. This recipe is based on one served at El Burrito Loco, a Cuban Mexican restaurant in Burbank.

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