Cubana in Colorado

Yesterday (Sunday) we went White Water Rafting down Clear Creek in Idaho Springs with Raft Masters. Today I’m sore, happy, thankful, slightly jonesin’ for another trip. I fell out of the raft once, thanks to my brother-in-law. I don’t mind though. It needed to happen, otherwise there would have always been a fear about what it’s actually like to fall out of the raft. The second it happened I cursed out loud, and then made my way for the bank. Luckily, another raft was there to catch me and a wonderful young teenager and his father pulled me up and in. It’s in no way graceful looking being pulled into a raft after being ejected. Ya, it’s embarrassing but what can you do except keep enjoying the ride. 

Just. Enjoy. The. Ride. 

That’s what this burger is about. Enjoying the ride, the summertime thrills, the fun, the laughs, the love, the food. Oooohhhh the food. I always think winter might be my hips’ nemesis, but maybe it’s just any season that involves food. 

This burger is easy to put together. I made 6 burgers out of two pounds of ground beef. The sauce is from Half Baked Harvest. Check her out. 

Burger Ingredients:

2 lbs. Ground beef

4 Tbs. Of Special sauce

1 tsp. Cumin

1 Tbs. Chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheddar cheese slices for each burger

Fried egg for each burger


1 C. Water

1/4 C. Vinegar (white)

1/2 C. Orange Juice

1 6 oz. Can tomato paste

2 Tbs. Brown sugar

2 Tbs. Siracha

1 tsp. Cumin powder

2 1/2 tsp. Smoked paprika

1 tsp. Salt

Sweet Potato:

1 large sweet potato run through a mandolin on thin slice. Lay potato slices onto foil and sprinkle with salt, lime juice (about 2-3 tbs.) and olive oil. 


1. Heat sauce ingredients in a small saucepan on medium low heat, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes. 

2. Heat grill to about 400F, and cook potatos on grill for about 10-15 minutes over a low burner. Careful not to burn them 

3. Make about 6 hamburger patties, and grill to liking. Top grilled burgers with cheddar cheese, and let melt. While burgers are cooking fry eggs over easy. You want a little run in the yolk. 

4. Make burgers with mayo or miracle whip, special sauce, sweet potato slices, avocado, burger, egg and more special sauce. Don’t be shy with the sauce. 


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