Dominican street food is top tier, and a chimi burger is at the top of the list of favorite late night snacks to get in DR. I love eating it with crispy yuca fries and a cold country club soda!

There’s no chimichurri in a chimi burger

Everyone always thinks of the green condiment from Argentina when they hear chimichurri, but when Dominican hear chimichurri we think of this burger. The chimi burger was originally named by an Argentinian himself, and it did have chimichurri on it.

But over the years, it has evolved into the version we know now!

Toast the burger for some crunch

When you press all the ingredients together, it really brings out the texture and flavor in this chimi burger. Trust me, the combination of crispy bread, seasoned hamburger, and fresh toppings is phenomenal.

Use pan de agua if you can

If you can get your hands on some pan de agua, it will make this sandwich just that much better. Pan de agua is a popular bread in the Dominican Republic and it’s known for having a crusty outside and a super fluffy inside that’s just perfect for a chimi burger.

Cook the burger to your liking

I prefer my burgers well done. There’s something about that char on a grilled burger that’s just irresistible to me. Here’s a full chart so you have an idea for cooking time, but be sure to use a food thermometer to check internal temperature too!

  • Well-done: 7 minutes each side
  • Medium well: 6 minutes each side
  • Medium: 5 minutes each side
  • Medium rare: 4 minutes each side
  • Rare: 3 minutes each side

Chimi sauce is a must

A chimichurri isn’t a chimichurri without a generous drizzle of chimi sauce. And I’m not talking about the green chimichurri sauce either! It’s a tangy and delicious sauce made with mayonnaise, ketchup, dijon mustard, soy sauce, and orange juice. It’s what I like to call a step up from classic mayoketchup.

Chimi Burger (Dominican Chimichurri)

Chimi Burger (Dominican Chimichurri)

5 from 2 votes
Heat up the grill and enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of a chimi burger, a classic late night snack in the Dominican Republic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 2 servings


  • 0.75 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp sofrito or 2 cloves garlic, ¼ onion, and ¼ bell pepper finely minced
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • ½ tsp sazon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 bread rolls
  • ¼ cup chimi sauce
  • Cabbage finely shredded
  • Tomato sliced
  • Red onion sliced


  • In a bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, sofrito, adobo, salt, and black pepper. Shape burger patties slightly bigger than size of rolls and set aside.
  • In a grill or pan or medium heat, cook the patties until browned on both sides and fully cooked, or about 6-14 minutes depending on what kind of cook you prefer on your burger.
  • Assemble the chimi by drizzling chimi sauce on the bottom bun and layering the patty, cabbage, tomato, red onion, another drizzle of chimi sauce, and the top bun. Serve warm. Buen provecho!
Keyword Beef
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