tasty tuesday...cubano-style burger

The bun got a little singed because Jerry and I were practicing our Tango on the back deck! LOL!
With the heat index hitting 107 in my neck of the woods, there is no way that I am even considering turning on the oven and the thought of slaving away at a hot stove leaves me limp with anticipation. So we will grill but even that has become a little less exciting for me these days. Grilled chicken again...Blah!  What's a hungry girl to do?

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the Cubano-Style Burger from Cuisine at Home (June 2010 edition). This is a spectacular burger! It's juicy layers are just bursting with flavor. The star of this little Latin number is the ultimate accessory that makes the whole burger sing- the Mustard Relish. Tart and tangy with a little bite, it makes you want to grab your partner and cha cha cha your way back to the grill for another helping. Muy Excellente!

So tonight when you fire up your grill think bongo drums Baby! Step outside your burger comfort zone and enjoy a little Latin spice.

Celebrate the Feast!

This Cuban-Style Burger 
from Cuisine @Home, June 2010

(makes 4 servings)


Mustard Relish
1/4 cup dill pickle relish
1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons minced red onion
2 Tablespoons diced pickled jalapeno
1 Tablespoon honey

1 pound ground pork or turkey
salt and black pepper
4 slices deli-sliced ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 onion hamburger buns, buttered

Preheat one side of the grill to medium-high and the other side to low.

Combine ingredients for the relish in a bowl; set aside

Divide ground pork into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty slightly larger than the bun to allow for shrinkage. Season patties with salt and pepper and coat on both sides with nonstick spray (or you could just brush your grill with some vegetable oil to prevent sticking).

Grill burgers, covered, over medium-high heat until cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Top each burger with a slice of ham and a slice of cheese. Grill covered, until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes more. Remove burgers from the grill and tent with foil.

Grill buttered buns, covered, over low heat until lightly toasted, 1-2 minutes. To serve, place burgers on buns and top with mustard relish. 

This weeks recipe is being shared with Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and City Wife Country Life! Head on over to their blogs and check out other fabulous recipes.