Shrimp Burgers

Shrimp burger with special sauce, tomato, and lettuce.
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 32 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Chill: 20 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Yields: 4 burgers

Shrimp burgers are a great way to enjoy shrimp, and they are great for family meals and cookouts. About half of the shrimp is puréed in a food processor, while for texture, the remaining shrimp and aromatic vegetables get a coarser chop. Every bite is chock-full of bright flavor and texture.

If you are following a low-carb diet, serve the shrimp patties without the buns, or use a low carb alternative, such as cloud bread or cheesy cauliflower bread.

The tangy special sauce is a simple mixture of mayonnaise, lemon, and seasonings. It's a delicious sauce for the shrimp burgers, or you might make it for fried clams, shrimp, or oysters. The sauce is wonderful with fish as well.

Ingredients

  • For the Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 scallion (minced)
  • For the Shrimp Burgers:
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted (if desired)
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Optional toppings: sliced tomatoes, pickles, sliced onion

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Sauce

  1. Gather the sauce ingredients.

    Ingredients for special sauce.
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  2. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon of Old Bay, and the minced scallion. Stir to blend and refrigerate until serving time.

    Sauce for shrimp burgers in a bowl.
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Make the Shrimp Burgers

  1. Gather the shrimp burger ingredients.

    Ingredients for shrimp burgers.
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  2. In a food processor, purée half of the shrimp with the garlic. Remove the pureéd shrimp to a large bowl.

    Shrimp in the food processor.
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  3. To the food processor bowl, add the 3 chopped scallions, red bell pepper, 3/4 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning, and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped. Remove the chopped vegetables to the bowl with the puréed shrimp.

    Food processor with chopped vegetables.
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  4. With a sharp knife, cut the remaining shrimp into 1/4-inch pieces. Add the chopped shrimp to the bowl with the puréed shrimp and chopped vegetables; mix until thoroughly blended. Shape the shrimp mixture into four patties and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until chilled.

    Mixture for shrimp burgers.
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  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp patties and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper; cook for about 4 to 6 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked.

    Shrimp burger patties in skillet.
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  6. Assemble the shrimp patties on lettuce-lined buns with the sauce and other toppings, as desired.

    Shrimp burger on a lettuce lined bun
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Tip

  • To ensure the shrimp burgers are fully cooked, use an instant-read thermometer. The minimum safe temperature for shrimp and other seafood is 145 F (62.8 C).
  • The shrimp burgers can be grilled in a stovetop grill pan or on an outdoor grill in a nonstick perforated grill pan.

Recipe Variation

  • For spicier shrimp burgers, add a few teaspoons of finely minced jalapeno pepper or about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

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