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When the craving strikes, and you want a really good, juicy burger – make our Cuban Panini Burger!
Our Cuban Panini Burger is a delicious mash-up of all of the traditional flavors you’d find in a Cuban sandwich – combined with a super juicy grilled burger.
A traditional Cuban sandwich is made with slices of oven roasted pork, sliced ham, swiss cheese, tomatoes, and pickles – all layered on white Cuban bread that has been slathered with mayonnaise and mustard.
Taking inspiration from that – our Cuban Panini Burger starts out with a mix of ground beef, ground pork, cumin and other seasonings. We grill the burger, then place it on a bulkie* roll along with tomatoes, onions, pickles, ham, and swiss cheese – plus a delicious spread made with mayonnaise, yellow mustard and cooked garlic.
Once assembled, we smeared butter on the roll, then cooked it under a panini press just until the cheese is melted through and the roll is toasted.
Served with some chips and your favorite cold beverage, this Cuban Panini Burger is outrageously good! The juicy cumin-infused burger is perfectly complemented by the salty flavors of the ham, the briny pickles, and the zesty kick from the mayo-mustard-garlic spread. (Don’t forget the napkins!)
*A bulkie roll is a New England sandwich roll similar to a Kaiser roll. You can also make this Cuban Panini Burger with sliced, white Cuban bread if you prefer.
You may like these other sandwich and burger recipes:
- Grilled Southwest Burger
- Butter Chicken Panini
- Sweet Potato Spinach and Bacon Turkey Burgers
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
- Kielbasa Reuben
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Cuban Panini Burger
1 pound ground beef chuck
1/2 pound ground pork
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
4 long slices swiss cheese, cut in half, or 8 square slices swiss cheese, divided
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic (use garlic press)
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
12 slices good quality deli ham such as Virginia baked
8 long pickle slices (dill pickles cut into slices the long way)
4 slices red onion
4 thick slices tomato
Mix the ground chuck with the ground pork, salt, pepper and cumin and form into four patties the same width as your rolls.
Grill the burgers in a little of the butter to medium doneness, melting four of the half slices of swiss over the tops before removing.
While the burgers are cooking, place the garlic and water in a very small bowl, cover and microwave for 30 seconds. Drain any water and place the now cooked garlic in a small mixing bowl with the mayonnaise and mustard and stir.
Cut the rolls in half and spread the mayonnaise mixture on the tops and bottom cuts. Save a little spread to serve on the side.
Place the remaining 4 slices of Swiss cheese, three slices of ham and two pickle slices on the bottom halves. Top with the four burgers. Divide the onion and tomato slices over the burgers then finish with the roll top.
Heat panini grill to 350 degrees F.
Take the remaining butter and smear four spots on the panini press and smear the rest on the roll tops.
Place the four sandwiches in the melted butter, close the top and press and cook just to brown the top and bottom and melt the cheese.
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