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Cuban Burgers

I really had fun designing this burger and experimenting with different ingredients. It encorporated many of the foods that my family likes, but with a twist. It seems that when I added the cloves that the burger became more authentically Cuban. I have served it with home-made corn rolls (not to be confused with cornbread, which is too crumbly). I experimented to get the right ratio of cornbread to flour and still have it rise and taste "corny." Since I can't include that recipe, the rolls could also be served on a softer Portuguese or French roll.


PAM cooking spray for the grill
1/2 cup freshly chopped Vidalia onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup vacuum-packed corn
1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
2 tbsp. chopped Anaheim chili
1 tsp. freshly crushed garlic
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup Chardonnay
1lb. lean ground chicken (not all white meat)
1 large avacado, sliced
1 mango, sliced
6 fresh Portuguese or French rolls (see note above about corn rolls.)


Use a large, 2-qt. bowl for mixing the ingredients. Chop the onions and red pepper and add to the bowl with the golden raisins and corn. Chop the parsley and add to bowl. Chop the chili very finely and add. Crush the garlic with a press and add. Add the cloves, salt, and Chardonnay to bowl. Stir these ingredients well to mix. With your hands, mix in ground chicken just until all ingredients are encorporated, but don't over-mix. Using a heaping half-cup of ingredients, gently shape the mixture into 6 patties and place on a waxed paper-lined tray. I use a Kenmore grill,s prayed with PAM spray, preheated on high and then set on medium heat. Gently place patties on grill and cook with lid closed for approximately 6 minutes on each side. Place each burger on a bun and top with 2 slices each of avacado and mango.


This is such a colorful burger and is quite healthy with all the vegetable ingredients. The prep time is really quite minimal. I'd like to experiment with some other garnishes such as chopped honey peanuts or a home-made salsa. It would also probably be a nice change to serve it in a tortilla, perhaps a chili tortilla or a red bell pepper one.