What exactly is a “Miami Burger”?


I was randomly killing time during half time of the Heat game tonight. So don’t ask, but I was randomly googling “Miami Burger”, and come to find out I got two interesting results.

One, is a weird concoction of a burger that McDonalds in Japan released in February and March of 2011. They called it the “Miami Burger”, and for whatever reason had a Quarter Pounder looking sandwich with a taco shell and taco meat stuffed in it. Bad stereotypes aside, but wouldn’t that be a Mexico burger? They stopped serving it after a month as it was a limited offering.

Now even though I don’t think Miami can really have a true burger that represents the city right, the closest thing would be a burger with ingredients of like a Cuban sandwich or a medianoche. Well, the other Google result I spotted was the Food network’s recipe for their very own Frankenstein looking burger slash Cuban medley. And atleast this Miami Burger per say, is a little more Miami themed.Read below if you want to try this thing at home and hopefully it looks better than the one they took a photo of above.

A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without stopping for an authentic Cuban sandwich, hot off the press and stuffed with roasted pork, smoked ham, garlicky mayonnaise, tangy mustard, dill pickles, and oozing Swiss cheese. It’s almost enough to make you miss your flight home. Turning this Cuban specialty into an American one isn’t hard to do: just replace the roasted pork with a good old hamburger. Pressing the assembled burger not only yields a crispy toasted bun, but also ensures that all of the elements meld into one cohesive, mouthwatering sandwich.

* 1 pound ground chuck (80 percent lean) or ground turkey (90 percent lean)
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed
* 4 hamburger buns, split
* 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
* 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
* 4 thin slices smoked ham
* 2 dill pickles, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper. Cook the burgers, using the oil. Remove the burgers to a plate.

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 the mayonnaise and the mustard. Place a slice of cheese on each bun bottom, place a burger on top, and then top the burger with a slice of ham, another slice of cheese, and some pickle slices. Cover with the bun tops.

Cook the burgers on a sandwich press or wrap the burgers in aluminum foil and cook in a hot skillet over high heat (put a heavy skillet on top of the burgers to press them) until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

Source: Food Network


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