Dominican Chimichurri Burgers

by Chef Zee

Dominican Chimi Burgers full of flavor!

Dominican Chimi Burgers are unlike any other burger that you may have. To start, this Dominican Street Food Classic is full of flavor and messy. Yes, you read that right — it’s super messy! 

Dominican Chimi Burgers are made of either a thin slice of steak or ground beef. They’re seasoned with Dominican orégano, garlic, lime and salt. They are then cooked and topped with pickled cabbages and tomatoes. The messiness comes from the generous amount of mayonnaise and ketchup! 

This burger is typically a street food that you get at the end of an amazing night. A night where you were either hanging with friends drinking or dancing… and sometimes both. The mix of salt, vinegar, lime and that Dominican oregano is truly everything. Until you’ve had a Dominican Chimichurri, you really don’t know what you’re missing. 

Chimichurri? Isn’t that a sauce? Run that back! 

Yes, chimichurri is technically a delicious herbaceous sauce that goes great on practically anything, especially grilled skirt steak! However, believe it or not, a Dominican Chimichurri is actually a burger! Over time, we’ve shortened the name and simply refer to it as a Chimi. 

These Chimis are great year round. However, with summer here, I actually like to make a few and have my husband throw them on the grill. Even if it’s raining out, this is also a great recipe to make indoors. My number one tip for making this recipe indoors is to make sure that you have a good vent hood. Grilling burgers indoors can cause quite the smoke and the smell tends to linger. 

However, don’t worry because you definitely make these at home with EASE! In fact, listed below are the tools that I use whenever I grill my chimis at home. Feel free to follow along as I make them on my next YouTube Live! 

Tools Needed: 

Note that this recipe also calls for Dominican Orégano. It’s one of the key ingredients in this dish. If you can’t find it at your local supermarket (usually within a Hispanic community) you may also order it on Amazon. 

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Remember, that you can always follow along with me as I cook this LIVE on Tuesday, June 28th at 7pm EST! I’ll keep the livestream up for those who would also like to watch the replay on my YouTube Channel – Chef Zee Cooks! 

And now for the recipe… 

Dominican Chimichurri Burger | Dominican Recipes | Chef Zee Cooks

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 2 lbs Grass-fed Ground Beef (80/20 Blend)
  • 8 Garlic Cloves Mashed
  • 2 ½ tsp Dominican Orégano
  • ½ Lime
  • ¼ head Cabbage thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Tomato thinly sliced
  • ¼ Red Onion Thinly Sliced *optional
  • ⅓ cup Ketchup
  • ⅓ cup Mayo
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Kosher Salt

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