Chimichurri Recipe (Dominican Chimi Hamburger)

Chimichurri Recipe (Dominican Chimi Hamburger): a sauce-dripping burger made throughout the Dominican Rep. in street stands, each with their own and flavor.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword dominican chimichurri burger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 1317kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


For the chimi sauce

  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

Seasoning for the meat

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds of ground beef

For the chimi

  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil (soy, peanut or corn)
  • 1 large onion cut into rings
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into slices
  • 2 cups of shredded cabbage
  • 6 panes de agua (or hamburgers buns)


How to make the chimi sauce

  • Mix the ketchup, mayonnaise, orange juice and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside (keep chilled).

How to make make the chimi meat patties

  • Pulse onion, garlic, bell pepper, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce in a food processor until you obtain a coarse paste.
  • Mix the seasoning paste with the meat. Divide meat into 6 portions and form 6 patties (round for hamburguer bread, oval-shaped for pan de agua).

How to put together the chimi

  • Brush a stove-top grill with some of the oil and heat over high heat. Grill the patties, rotating until they are cooked through. Reserve.
  • Reapply oil to the grill, and grill onions and tomatoes.
  • Reapply some oil to the grill and warm up the bread.
  • Mix the cabbage with half the sauce made in step 1. Turn down the heat to medium and briefly cook the cabbage. Heating the cabbage is an optional step.
  • Put meat, onions, tomatoes and cabbage between the buns, garnish with the remaining sauce. Serve with an ice-cold beer.



What bread to use for chimis?

This sandwich/burger is traditionally made with pan de agua (a Dominican bread similar to mini-baguettes. If you can't buy or make pan de agua, use burger buns, because what else can you do if you really want some chimis?


Calories: 1317kcal | Carbohydrates: 140g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 2773mg | Potassium: 1044mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1121IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 11mg