Colombian Style Hamburgers (Hamburguesas Colombianas)

Hamburguesa 066One of the greatest things about food is how any person from any country can make an adaptation of a classic dish. Hamburger is the perfect example of how with different spices and condiments you can make your own, unique recipe.

We Colombians love flavor and like to add condiments to our food and hamburgers are not an exception. We have a lot of gourmet hamburger restaurants around the country and they are fantastic. Every time I visit Medellín I go to a hamburger restaurant where my mom would take my siblings and me when we were kids. On the table there would be a big bowl of coleslaw and all my favorite condiments, salsa rosada, mayo, ketchup and mustard. My sister and I would load our hamburgers with coleslaw and condiments but my brother on the other hand would just have the bun and the pattie. What a great memory. We really enjoyed ourselves!



(4 hamburgers)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cole Slaw
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard


  1. In a large plastic bowl add the ground beef, garlic, scallions, onion, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Form 4 patties.
  2. Heat a grill or sauté pan and cook the hamburgers for 5 minutes on each side until done. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the hamburgers to rest for 5 minutes and serve immediately on buns with the condiments.
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  1. says

    Hi Erica,

    Yes, I saw this & it got me thinking – is it true that quail eggs are a common topping for hamburgers in Columbia? It looks like a wonderful meal that you made here!

    • Erica says

      Hi Taste Traveller,
      Quail eggs are a common topping for hot dogs in Colombia, I don’t know about hamburgers.
      Thank you for visiting and for your comment!

  2. Tangled Noodle says

    Your hamburger looks delicious and so colorful! The addition of coleslaw is great – in fact, this is a hamburger topping that is quite popular in the Carolinas. Down there, when they order a “Carolina Burger”, it automatically means that it’s topped with coleslaw. I didn’t know it’s also the style in Colombia!

  3. says

    Love the burger all loaded up with goodies. I bet it is delicious with coleslaw. I’ve only had coleslaw on a pulled pork sandwich, but never a burger. Sounds great.

  4. Erica says

    Hi felisha,

    Some colombians and some restaurants in Colombia have different toppings for their hamburgers.
    I don’t call them typical Colombian toppings, but they are popular in some regions of the country (bacon, mozzarella cheese, fried egg, onion, mushrooms, ham, garlic sauce and guacamole)

  5. Kimberly says

    Delicious lunch! Turned out juicy and we loved piling on all the condiments. I served it with red onion too. Thanks again for sharing!

  6. Respondon says

    Wow, it’s all coming back to me now :) Many years ago there was a fancy hamburger place on Carrera 11 in Bogota, right below Calle 72, and I’ve spent the last few minutes trying to remember the name. The burgers looked just like in the photo.

  7. Nathalie says

    Great recipe! I definitely want to try it!

    However, I will have to disagree with the first paragraph. Though I have met Colombians that do season their food, and it tastes good, not all Colombians season their food. I’m part Cuban, part Venezuelan, so I know what seasoned tastes like. I’ve tasted horrible Colombian food, with not even a pinch of salt on it. I’ve heard that it’s because people from Bogotá do not like to season their food and their cooking is horrible (as said by Colombians of other regions). Is this true?

    • Erica says

      Nathalie-You will find bad cooks and good cooks all over the country……It is not about the area….We have wonderful food in the capital of Colombia as well….an example is “Ajiaco” It is a wonderful and full of flavor chicken soup!!! You should try it!


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