Plantain Cubano Burger

Plantain Cubano Burger

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Crispy fried plantains, a flavorful pork patty, Swiss cheese and more make for one sexy burger.

Cubano Burger


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 ripe plantain, thinly sliced

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1/4 pounds Serrano ham or prosciutto, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard plus more for serving

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/2 small yellow onion, grated

  • 1/4 cup dill pickles, minced

  • 1 garlic clove, grated

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 Swiss cheese slices, cut in half

  • Dill pickle relish for serving

  • 12 brioche roll halves, grilled or toasted


  1. Preheat the canola oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Slice the plantain using a vegetable peeler to create ribbons. Fry the plantain ribbons until golden brown and curled. Drain the fried plantains on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pork, ham, panko, mustard, egg, onion, pickles, garlic, salt and pepper until just combined. Set aside.

  3. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with a drizzle of canola oil.

  4. Divide the seasoned meat into 12, 2-inch patties and cook in the preheated skillet for about 3 minutes per side until cooked through. While the burgers are still in the pan, top them with cheese and cover until melted.

  5. Coat the toasted buns with a layer of mustard and relish, top with the cooked burger, a little bit more mustard, relish and a fried plantain slice.



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