Writer Ernest Hemingway was attracted by the traditions, fiestas and the cuisine of our land, based on food prepared in the traditional, artisan style. In actual fact, for the most part, little has changed since Hemingway discovered and enjoyed our cuisine.

Hemingway was unquestionably one of the most distinguished guests to have passed through Pamplona. As a great lover of fine cuisine, the city has paid culinary homage to this writer by reviving his favourite hamburger. The recipe for this burger was found less than a decade ago at his home in Havana. Called 'Papa's Favorite Hamburger', it detailed the ingredients and how to prepare the writer's favourite burger.



Break up the meat with a fork and sprinkle the garlic, onion and all the seasonings over it. Then mix them into the meat, first with a fork and then with your fingers.

Leave to stand, outside the refrigerator, for 10 to 15 minutes. Add India Relish, the capers and everything else, including the sherry. Leave the mixture to marinate for 10 minutes. 

The next step is to shape the hamburger patties, which should preferably have a thickness of about two and a half centimetres, while they should be neither hard nor runny. Heat the oil and drop the patties in the pan, turn the heat down and fry for four minutes

Take the pan off the heat, flip the hamburgers over and put the pan back on a high heat for one minute, then turn the heat down again for a further three minutes. Both sides of the hamburger should be crispy and well done, while the centre should be moist and tender. Once the hamburgers are done, place them inside the bread rolls and season.

Ready to eat! You're now a real expert in making Hemingway's favourite burger!



-500 grams of beef, minced

-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

-2 small onions, finely chopped

-1 teaspoon of parsley, finely chopped

-1 teaspoon of India Relish 

-1 tablespoon of pickled gherkins, finely chopped

-2 tablespoons of capers

-1 teaspoon of dried sage

-1/2 teaspoon of Beau Monde seasoning (can be substituted with a mixture of salt, powdered onion and powdered celery)

-1/2 tablespoon of Mei Yen pepper (can be substituted with a mixture of salt, sugar, glutamate and soy sauce)

-Salt and pepper

-1 beaten egg

-One cup of dry sherry wine or white wine

-1 tablespoon of cooking oil