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Patacón Hamburgers

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4
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by: Cristina Duffy
Updated Jul 21, 2017
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  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 green tomato, sliced
  • 4 cheese slices of choice
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of ketchup
  • Drops of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil


  • 1
    Marinate the ground beef with the seasonings you like and make four hamburger patties.
  • 2
    Grill or sauté them until they are cooked to your taste.
  • 3
    Cover the hot patties with the cheese slices so that they melt with the heat.
  • 4
    To make the patacones, peel the plantains. Cut each one into three parts and fry them in hot oil, until they turn two shades darker.
  • 5
    When the plantains are more or less cooked, remove them from your frying pan and flatten to about one-quarter-inch thick with a plate or a rolling pin.
  • 6
    Fry the plantains in batches a second time until they are crunchy, but still tender inside. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Salt them while they are still hot.
  • 7
    On a plate, place the patacón with a slice of green tomato on top, followed by the hamburger patty with melted cheese and finish it off with another patacón on top.
  • 8
    To make the fry sauce, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup and a few drops of lemon juice to taste.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    You can use frozen hamburgers patties or homemade ones prepared with the marinade you prefer.

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More About This Recipe

  • Patacón hamburgers are usually sold in street stands throughout various cities in Colombia. In this dish, we substitute the traditional burger buns with delicious patacones: crunchy slices of green plantain known as tostones in other countries. The best way to dress this dish is with a mixture of mayonnaise, tomato sauce and lemon, also known as fry sauce.
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