A burger can be a stand-alone meal. What other dish looms as large in the imagination? Thick and flavorful with crisp toppings and carefully chosen condiments – nearly everyone has a favorite burger. From classic beef to ground salmon (and including veggie burgers), the combinations are endless. This Cuban Turkey Burger has two kinds of meat, two kinds of vegetables and a special sauce that glues the whole mess together. I think it’s particularly well-suited as a two-fisted meal in itself. So if you want don’t want to read this whole post that’s okay with me. I get it. A big burger and you’re done, right. Who needs a side dish when a burger this big is a meal in itself?
Well, sometimes (I’d argue) we all do. Even the greatest burger is better when its served with an equally delicious partner. Fries are fine. Coleslaw and potato salad are classic accompaniments. But this Cuban Turkey Burger is no casual burger. It takes some planning and some preparation. Which means this burger is a burger designed for summer entertaining. A well-chosen side dish is just the thing to elevate your backyard burger party into a fully realized outdoor dinner party.
Cuban Turkey Burger
I don’t know if turkey is common in Cuba. However, Cuba’s been in the news and on my mind lately. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Florida and I’ve developed a love of Cuban food. Especially the Cuban Sandwich. This Cuban Turkey Burger borrows flavors from that classic sandwich. It’s topped with pickles and Swiss cheese. I’ve even grilled up a slab of Canadian bacon to give it that much-needed element of sweet pork.
Wild Rice and Beans Salad
Rice and Beans are another Cuban mainstay. I’ve re-imagined this classic combination as a summer salad side dish that’s hefty enough to act as a main course for the vegetarians at your burger party. I’ve kept the Latin influence strong with roasted poblano peppers and summer fresh corn. The flavors are big enough and bold enough that the only dressing this salad needs is big, bright spritz of lime.