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Cuban Mojo Burgers

This recipe includes a Chili Mayonnaise as a condiment for the burger. The Mojo Sauce is added to the ground chuck before making the patties. Mojo Sauce is normally made using sour oranges. I have found fresh lime and orange juice to be an acceptable substitute for sour oranges which are not often available. The Cubans season many meats with their version of Mojo Sauce. 


Chili Mayonnaise:
1 small red potato, cooked and mashed
1/4 Cup Egg Beaters, at room temperature
3/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil.
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mojo Sauce:
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
Juice of two limes
3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
2 teaspoons salt
6 (4 1/2-inch) split Kaiser rolls
6 (1/4-inch thick) tomato slices
6 Bibb lettuce leaves


Prepare a medium hot fire in charcoal grill or preheat gas grill to medium heat. To make the mayonnaise, place the potato in the bottom of a food processor with the blade attachment. Add Egg Beaters and blend until smooth. Add olive oil slowly in a steady stream forming the mayonnaise. Transfer to a small bowl and add the chili pepper, cayenne and salt. To make the Mojo Sauce, put the olive oil in a small fry pan and saute the garlic for two minutes over medium heat. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, orange juice, paprika, oregano and cilantro. Add the garlic and remaining olive oil to this mixture. To make the patties, combine the beef with the salt. Then add the Mojo Sauce to the beef mixing thoroughly but gently. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and form into patties. Brush grill rack with oil. Place patties on rack, cover and grill until brown on bottoms, about 3 minutes. Turn patties over and grill about 5 minutes longer. During last few minutes of cooking, spread olive oil on top and bottom of rolls, place on outer edges of rack, cut side down to toast lightly. To assemble burgers, place a patty on a roll bottom, top with a generous amount of chili mayonnaise, a tomato slice and a lettuce leaf. Add roll tops and serve.


This is a juicy, tasty burger with just the right amont of spice. The beef is nicely accented with flavor but not overpowered by the spices. The Cubans use their version of Mojo Sauce on many different meats. I believe the sour orange is grown in their area.