Bobby Flay’s Cuban Style Burgers

Hi everyone!

As you know, today is Lynn’s monthly Celebrity Cook-Along party! And this month’s featured chef is Bobby Flay!

Bobby Flay

This is the perfect guest chef for Lynn’s party in July because Bobby is the Grillin’ King! So, lets grill us up some burgers!

Cuban Style Burgers ~Bobby Flay recipe

Cuban Style Burgers

Serves: 4
1 lb 80/20 ground chuck,
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup best quality mayonnaise
3 cloves roasted garlic, pureed
¼ cup Dijon mustard
4 soft, classic hamburger buns,
4 slices thinly sliced smoked ham
8 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese
2 dill pickles, sliced into ¼ inch thick slices

1.Preheat grill to high. Form the meat into four ¼-inch thick burgers. Season the meat with salt and pepper on both sides and grill for 2-3 minutes on both sides for medium doneness.
2. Combine the mayonnaise and roasted garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread both sides of each bun with mayonnaise and mustard. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom portion of each bun, place the burger on top of the cheese, then top the cheese with a slice of ham then another slice of cheese then the pickle slices. Place the tops of the bun over the pickles, wrap the burgers in aluminum foil and place on the grill. Using a heavy pan or a brick wrapped in foil, press down on the burgers for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lower the lid on the grill and continue grilling for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted and the bun has become pressed and firm.

recipeGetting my garlic ready to roast. I peeled some fresh garlic cloves added about a teaspoon of oil and sprinkled with salt & pepper. Toss to make sure all is coated. OMG, you should smell the house when this is roasting!!

recipe 083Nicely roasted. I roasted the garlic in a 400 degree over for 15 minutes. Time to mash them up.

recipe 084I have the roasted garlic mixed in the mayo in the fridge to get all yummy. Every time I roast garlic, I always think to myself, “Oh yum! I need to do this more often!”

recipe 088Salt and peppered and on the grill! Here is my little tip for the day:

When making something like hamburgers up and you need to salt and pepper them, you don’t want to reach with your raw meat covered hands. This is when those little salt and pepper packets you get with your fast food meal come in handy! Just rip them open before you start to work with the raw meat.  Just sprinkle on and throw away!

recipe 089Another tip:

Put your dried Rosemary stems and branches inside your grill. Gives a lovely flavor to your meat! 

recipe 090Looking good!

recipe 091The rest of the ingredients: Dijon mustard, the mayo/garlic sauce, smoked ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. 

recipe 092Assembled and ready to be wrapped and put back on the grill.

recipe 093recipe 094recipe 095I choose to use a patio block because it would easily cover and weigh down all four burgers at once. 

recipe 096recipe 097recipe 102Did you honestly think I was NOT going to show you some new pretty dishes along with the recipe? Of course you didn’t!   I just bought these fun and pretty brightly colored plates a the Home Goods Store. They were clearanced at half off! How could I refuse?  And the dish towels were also new and clearanced from HGS! I thought they looked pretty with the plates instead of placemats.

recipe 103recipe 104Oh yum! Look at all that melted cheese! Let’s cut one open now! 

recipe 105recipe 106  These are so good! I will make them again. But, I think next time I will add a slice of onion and some yellow banana pepper rings to it.

recipe 107 I hope you enjoyed your visit! Have a great day!

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  1. This is too funny, I had to choose between this burger and the steak! Gosh it looks so good all melty! I think Yankee Candle should come out with a Roasted Garlic Candle and I'm lovin' your fun new plates! Thanks for playing along Diann:@)

  2. YUMMY! This post makes me want to completely change my dinner plans for this evening and stop by the grocery store.

  3. These look unbelievable! We're big burger eaters, so I need to try this out!


  4. Oh Diane, these look incredible!!!!! I had a boring tuna sandwich, now I want one of these burgers!!!! xo,

  5. Your burgers look amazing! All that gooey cheese! Very pretty plates.

  6. I've never seen burgers weighed down with a brick like that, great idea! Those burgers look so delicious.

    Love your new plates!

  7. Those burgers look great, and so do your dishes! :)

  8. Those look amazing! Love those cute plates!

  9. Oh my gosh this burger looks good! Your plates are so cute too. Love it all.

  10. Man oh Man, Diann. Those burgers look "scrumtuosic." Whew! Wish I could bite right through the computer screen. Mmm mmm mmm Thanks for sharing. Susan

  11. That sure looks a lot like DTL Herbs LTD's famous Chive and Dill Vegi Dip being served with your vegi's in the last pic. Yummy!

  12. What a great tip about the throwaway salt and pepper --I must remember that :)

    I love those dishes -- so summery and perfect for outdoor eating.

  13. so good looking...

  14. OMG these look amazing. I am so hungry now I could eat two!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

  15. I like the tips you gave especially the one about the rosemary on the coal. Great idea.

  16. Those photos made me hungry! And the dishes are cute, too!

  17. I like the rosamary touch.... greta pictures and yeah... now I am hungry!

  18. We love our burgers but never had a Cuban one! They look to good to pass up on so I'm adding the recipe to my list of "Burgers".
    Here's My WC

  19. These look and sound wonderful! I am saving this recipe.

  20. Wow, what a yummy treat! I have never really cooked any of Bobby Flay's recipes before so I think I will have to remedy that soon! Thanks for your tips too. I will be trying that rosemary idea for sure.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  21. This looks incredible! I have a huge rosemary bush, so I am definitely going to try that trick.

  22. Oh my -- these look fabulous!!!! I love that idea of wrapping them in foil and pressing them. The pickles, the roasted garlic .... must try!

  23. These look amazing. I love the twigs of Rosemary in the grill. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. I love anything with roasted garlic, it's always so delicious. These look great.


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