As I’m not going to actually cook a dolphin, the Cuban sandwich seemed like a great idea for my Miami inspired NFL burger. The Cuban is a beautiful art-like sandwich, made with tender, favorful cuts of pork....so, instead of a beef patty, I decided to grill off a ground pork burger, seasoned with some BBQ rub. Once cooked, I slide that burger between some good quality French bread, top it with some pickles, ham, and Swiss cheese, and cook it a bit longer in my homemade panini press. Admittedly, it’s not quite as good a sandwich as a traditional Cuban, but it’s damn good burger, and I hope it does the Dolphins proud.

Ingredients

  • Sweet French or Italian bread
  • Ground pork 
  • BBQ Rub
  • Ham
  • Pickles
  • Swiss cheese 
  • Mustard
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Turn on the grill
  2. Cut about 6 inches of bread off the loaf, and slice it lengthwise.  
  3. Scoop out some of the bread in the center, to make room for those delicious ingredients.
  4. Form a handful of ground pork into a patty of approximately the same size and shape as the bread.
  5. Season the patty on both sides with salt, pepper, and BBQ dry rub.  
  6. Lightly coat the patty with olive oil.
  7. Cook the patty on a grill to capture that charred, smokey flavor.  Grill the patty for about 2 ½ minutes on each side.
  8. Place a skillet over a medium-high heat.
  9. Spread mustard on one slice of bread, and place the bread in the skillet, mustard side up.
  10. Place cooked pork patty burger onto the bread.
  11. Add all the toppings (ham, pickles, swiss cheese)
  12. Place the other slice of bread on top and press down to flatten the sandwich.  If you don't have a panini press, use a heavy cast iron skillet to weight it down.
  13. Kill the heat and let the sandwich sit for about 8 minutes.
  14. Transfer the sandwich to a plate and cut in half.  
  15. Garnish the plate with something green, like broccolini for instance.  

To capture that full-fledged Florida flavor, enjoy this burger with a Myers Rum and Coke.  Maybe have a slice of Key Lime Pie for dessert.  Not quite a traditional Cuban sandwich, but it’s a damn good burger, and I hope it does the Dolphins proud. 

Total Time: 
45minutes
Prep Time: 
25minutes
Cook Time: 
20minutes
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main
Main Ingredient: 
Hamburgers