Colombian Style Hamburgers (Hamburguesas Colombianas)

by Erica Dinho on July 23, 2009

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!

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(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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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica Wong July 23, 2009 at 7:56 AM

What a wonderful burger! It is looking delicious!


2 Cathy July 23, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Fabulous picture! I also love to load coleslaw onto my hamburgers (and potato chips).


3 Oysterculture July 23, 2009 at 8:51 AM

I am a hamburger sucker and you hit me in my weak spot – wow – that looks amazing!


4 Jen July 23, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Mmmm. yummy lookin’ burger!! =)

Congrats on your blog award, btw!


5 Karen July 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Coleslaw sounds really good with hamburgers… this one looks great!


6 Erica July 23, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


7 Gillian July 23, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Your pictures look so beautiful. It makes me want to make your recipes! I’m really impressed.


8 Anna July 23, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Wow! Thats a different idea, looks delicious.


9 John July 24, 2009 at 1:03 AM

That looks great! So fresh looking…yum!


10 Taste Traveller July 24, 2009 at 2:52 AM

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!


11 Erica July 24, 2009 at 6:20 AM

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!


12 Tangled Noodle July 24, 2009 at 7:22 AM

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!


13 Lori Lynn July 25, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Great photo! Very summery!


14 Danielle July 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM

mmm….burgers. any way you make em, its all good! Love the cole slaw on there!


15 Kim July 26, 2009 at 9:04 PM

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.


16 Felisha July 26, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Can not WAIT to try them delicioso :) What are some other typical toppings for Colombian hamburgers?


17 kristy July 27, 2009 at 2:24 AM

Oh boy, the burger looks so tempting & juicy good!


18 Erica July 31, 2009 at 10:29 AM

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)


19 Kimberly September 26, 2009 at 9:05 PM

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


20 Erica September 27, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Hi Kimberly,
Thank you for your feedback!!! I am glad you liked it.


21 Respondon November 19, 2009 at 9:59 PM

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.


22 Nathalie April 17, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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?


23 Erica April 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

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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