The frita is one of the most popular dishes in Havana. Although it is more similar to our Russian steak, it is served on hamburger bread, with ketchup, fried potatoes (which in Cuba are placed inside the sandwich) and onion.

When preparing this dish, keep in mind that it is a fake hamburger: its consistency is much softer (due to milk) and, therefore, more difficult to handle. The frits are too small for the usual hamburger buns in Spain. There are several alternatives: put two pieces for bread, use mini burger bread or eat them like a normal Russian steak, without bread. I tried this option after taking the photos and I would say that it is a winner, because the meat itself is very tasty (you also save carbohydrates).

Ingredients :

For 4 people

Bread crumbs

80 g

Whole milk

120 ml

Chopped beef

460 g

Fresh chorizo

60 g





Teaspoon hot paprika



Olive oil

How to make Cuban hamburger or frit

Difficulty: medium

Total time

50 m


20 m


30 m

Mix the breadcrumbs with the milk in a bowl. If you have a food processor or a large grinder, grind meat, chorizo, soaked breadcrumbs and onion into thick pieces. If not, use minced meat directly and mince the chorizo ​​and onion by hand.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the beaten egg, the paprika and the salt and stir everything with a spoon (or your hand) until you have a homogeneous mixture.

Form balls of between 50 and 55 grams and crush them until you get hamburgers about 6 cm in size.

Heat a little oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry the patties about four minutes on each side until golden brown.

Place the burgers on the bread and add the ketchup and the remaining half onion, chopped or sliced. Serve them with fried potatoes –in Cuba they are straw-type- over or aside.

With what to accompany the Cuban frit or hamburger

In Cuba fries are served with beer, soft drinks or malt (the non-alcoholic drink made with toasted barley that can still be found in some stalls in the Spanish Levante). It is a perfect dish for a festive dinner and it is very easy to prepare large quantities.