A burger with Spanish flavors starting by a chorizo style meat pattie of paprika, parsley and garlic topped by a typical roasted pepper and a nutty homemade romesco sauce and aioli to give this burger an “Olé” touch!paprika patties cheeseburger

Spanish Burger

It’s a first on the blog… a burger! With summer coming up it’s time to bring out the BBQ! I wanted to give it a personal touch since I’m living abroad in Spain… So I’ve done a Spanish version and it turned out into a truly tasty discovery!

The meat patties

Spanish BurgerFirst of all the meat patties are a mix of pork and beef which I happen to believe is a winning combination for any burger.  Adding pork to your patties also helps to keep the patties juicy, plus pork is the meat of choice in Spain making this combination a perfect one for this Spanish version Burger! The seasonning of the meat is pretty much what they do for chorizo sausages… (solely pork) which contains usually sweet and/or spicy paprika and garlic. Nothing too complex and I’ve added a tad of finely chopped flat leave parsley to the mix to give it a fresh touch.

The sauces

As for the sauces I’ve used another favorite from Spaniards which they use for their famous “french fries” dish called papas bravas... Well more precisely it’s the Catalan combination they use for papas bravas being aioli and romesco sauce which I thought would work great in this burger. The Romesco sauce is a “nutty” and healthier version of ketchup; its contains tomato, the pulp from a special sweet pepper (ñora), roasted garlic, vinegar,Romesco Sauce olive oil, roasted hazelnut and almond. I’ve done a homemade version with a normal red pepper instead of the “special” one.  (recipe here) The result is quite similar and it’s easy to make.  If you are lucky enough some of you might find the ñora or choricero paste or even the dried pepper hidden somewhere in some European specialized stores. The second sauce is aioli which is simply a garlic mayonnaise, if done the right way it shouldn’t have any eggs in there; the fresh garlic contain a natural emulsifier, but we’ll keep it simple for now and just use a premade aioli or if you prefer simply make a homemade mayonnaise and add a garlic clove to it and voila… Aioli! Yes… that simple!

So let’s start this BBQ season with Spanish flavors!


Spanish Style Burger

Makes 4 burgers

Spanish BurgerIngredients
  • 600g of ground meat (half pork – half beef)
  • 4 burgers buns
  • 2 small red bell peppers
  • lettuce
  • aioli
  • romesco sauce (check recipe here)
  • *caperberries or pickles for the side dish
Patties seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp of (*smokey paprika de la Vera) spicy paprika
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 2 tbsp of flat leave parsley finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

* optional

Step 1 The roasted pepper

The flame technique (faster): Add the clean peppers directly on top of a flame (BBQ or gas stove flame) and burn on all sides, until totally black and cover with aluminium foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

The oven technique: Add the pepper in the oven on the top level to broil for about 20 minutes (turn mid-way) until black on each side, cover in aluminium foil and let rest 10-15 minutes.

  • Take aluminium out and cut the extremities carefully (hot juice coming out) and with the help of a paper towel wipe off the blacken skin of the pepper
  • Cut each pepper into 2 or 3 squares and reserve
Step 2 the burgers
  1. Start by adding all the seasoning except the salt to the meat patties without overworking the meat, mix and form 4 nicely compressed patties
  2. Once the patties are formed add salt on them
  3. On a grilling pan or BBQ (check here for different techniques to cook burgers from Saveur magazine) bring to medium-high heat add the patties for 4 minutes minimum before flipping them (check the side of the pattie to see the cooking line)
  4. Add the cheese 1 minute before the end of cooking
  5. Cook the meat to your favorite doneness
  6. Warm up the bread a bit before making the burgers


Serve with caperberries. Que disfrutéis!

Spanish Burger


  1. tableandachair Reply

    This looks really good, I can’t help but think a manchego cheese would be an amazing addition.

  2. I love burgers, and I’m definitely interested in expanding my palette by trying a Spanish style burger. The only problem is I can’t eat spicy food, so I’d have to try it without the spicy ingredients. But going to make it for my mom with the spiciness included!

  3. So much awesomeness going on in that burger! It is interesting how you used both sweet an spicy paprika, getting both elements for it. And how dare you tease us with that romesco sauce 😉

  4. Such a gorgeous burger! I love the photos with the romesco sauce dripping down. These flavors sound absolutely incredible.

  5. VeenaAzmanov Reply

    Oh my I’m going crazy… I love burgers but this SPANISH!! Wow. Sounds so fun. Love the addition of romesco.. and sweet paprika.. Must have tasted awesome.

  6. Wow! You knocked this one out of the park! I love the combination the pork adds to this combo. I would love to try this burger with a strong ginger ale. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Finally grilling season is here. We will be consuming a lot of burgers during the season. Love the spice profile here. Pork is such a great addition….adds great flavour and makes things so juicy!!

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  9. thefoodblognet Reply

    This burger looks so goodand full of flavour! I love seeing your Spanish takes on recipes, and that sauce,…

  10. There are so many big flavours in here – I love it! Where do you usually get your caperberries? I’ve never been able to find them at my regular grocery stores.

    • Well i m in Europe and they are a bit everywhere… i m guessing you ll have to find an European market of some kind… maybe amazon…

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  12. eileenbakingsense Reply

    I love the flavors you’ve got going on in this burger. I’m always looking for new burgers to throw on the grill in the summer. This one is definitely going on the list!

  13. jackiegarvin490 Reply

    The flavors are exploding off this page! I’ve never had a Spanish inspired burgers but I’d to try this. I’m assuming the garnish on the top of the burger is caperberries. Those aren’t familiar to me but I love the shape.

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  16. Love this recipe of Spanish style burger. First time I see it. Must try it. Thanks for sharing.

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