Cuban Frita Recipe That’s Packed with Flavor

Cuban Frita

A Cuban hamburger is called a frita. It’s a small burger – think like a slider – that is full of flavor. They are fried up on a sauté pan and placed on a small bun. 1-2 fritas are consumed for a meal. 

Cuban Frita


A Cuban Frita

A frita recipe includes similar ingredients as a traditional American burger, but with a cuban twist, of course. Remember Cuban food isn’t spicy  like other Hispanic food – read my post that Cubans Don’t Do Tacos. Cuban food is full of flavor. 

Try my Cuban Frita recipe!

Cuban Frita  
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Caroline Murphy
Prep time: 70 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 8
Smaller in size, but packs a punch of flavor.
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of diced onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Oil to fry fritas
  1. Wet breadcrumbs with milk. Add to beef.
  2. Add egg and remaining ingredients. Mix.
  3. Form 16 small discs. Store on wax paper and set to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  4. Pan fry with a bit of oil.
  5. Serve with chips or potato sticks.
Serving size: 2 Fritas

Note that prep time includes chill time.

Burger Toppings

I’m a toppings girl. I like it all on my burger. Sautéed onions, pickles, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, cheese….I could go on.  I also like to go traditional, in a Cuban sort of way.  The cuban hamburger, a frita, doesn’t always have toppings except for the papitas (shoestring potato sticks.)  Could you throw on a slice of cheese? Of course! It’s your frita!

Cuban Culture

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4 thoughts on “Cuban Frita Recipe That’s Packed with Flavor

  1. Ive never had one! It looks great though…. We may have to give these a try! With cheese of course!

  2. This looks so yummy I’ll definitely be giving it a try, especially since it looks so darn good. I’m not a culinary wizard but I think I can handle this 🙂

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