Homemade Shrimp Burger Recipe
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Homemade Shrimp Burger

When Bets and I were on vacation in North Carolina a few weeks ago, we had a fairly late flight home. Because we had to be out of the house we rented early in the morning, we headed up the coast and met some friends from DC who happened to be vacationing on a different beach!

We met at a local restaurant called Provision Company. They had a pretty nice menu of fresh seafood and I was at a loss on what to order.

My friend quickly said, “Just get the shrimp burger.”

Really? A shrimp burger? Sounds fishy…

But it turned out to be a great choice. The burger was super tender and had large chunks of fresh shrimp in it. I did some research as soon as I got home and this Shrimp Burger Recipe is an almost spot on reproduction of the burger!

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3 large burgers
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Homemade Shrimp Burgers

Homemade shrimp burger recipe inspired by Provisions and Co. Restaurant. These tasty shrimp burgers are blow-your-mind delicious!

Ingredients

1 slice white sandwich bread
1 pound raw shrimp
1 large egg white
1/4 white onion
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon Old Bay
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/3 cup breadcrumbs (opt.)
Neutral oil, for cooking

Burger Tartar Sauce:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 lemon, juice only
2 teaspoons capers, chopped
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
Buns
Tomatoes
Red onion
Lettuce

Helpful Equipment

Food Processor
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Directions

1) For sauce, mince capers and parsley and whisk together with other ingredients. Feel free to taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

2) To start burgers, peel shrimp and devein with a paring knife or buy peeled and cleaned shrimp. Take about half of the shrimp and roughly chop it and set aside. This will be the texture in the burgers later.

3) In a food processor, pulse the piece of bread until it is in tiny pieces. Then add the rest of the shrimp, the egg white, the onion, the parsley and the spices and pulse a few times until it’s in a rough paste.

4) Transfer shrimp paste to a bowl and fold in chopped shrimp. If the mixture is really wet, add breadcrumbs. You may or may not need them.

5) When mixture is formable, but still pretty wet, divide it into three even balls. You can either cook these immediately or store them in the fridge for later.

6) When you want to cook a burger, add a drizzle of neutral oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering hot, add a burger ball and press it down a bit to form a patty in the pan.

7) Let the burgers cook for about 4-5 minutes per side.

8) Once burgers are cooked through completely, serve them on a toasted bun with a smear of tartar sauce and veggies on the side.

Adapted from this MyRecipes version.

Shrimp Burger Recipe

The Shrimps

It doesn’t really matter what size of shrimp you use for this shrimp burger recipe. You can even buy the shrimp that have already been shelled and cleaned. Personally, I like to do that myself just to save a few bucks.

Raw shrimp for my Shrimp Burger Recipe

Shrimpies.

When you have your shrimp cleaned, divide them in half. You want to roughly chop about half a pound of the shrimp which will be folded into the burgers later. The other half will be pureed into a paste with all this stuff!

Burger basics - homemade shrimp burger recipe

Burger basics.

Making the Burgers

I think it would be possible to make this without a food processor, but a processor makes it really easy.

Just pulse the bread a few times to make crumbs and then add the shrimp and other ingredients and pulse it until the mixture is in a rough paste.

Important, but kind of strange looking - Shrimp Burger Recipe

Important, but kind of strange looking.

Scoop that out into a bowl and fold in the chopped shrimp. This is the trick to having nice chunks of shrimp in the burger but also a smooth texture that sticks together.

The tricky part now is to decide if you need or want to add breadcrumbs. You might need to if the mixture is really loose, but you’ll just have to judge it by feel.

All mixed up! - Shrimp Burger Recipe

All mixed up!

I added a few small handfuls of breadcrumbs to my shrimp burger recipe mixture (about 1/3 cup maybe) and that was just enough to get the mixture to stick together.

Then I formed my burger mixture into three large balls. You could cook these immediately at this point or chill them for later.

Pretty loose burgers - Shrimp Burger Recipe

Pretty loose burgers…

Finishing the Burgers

The sauce for these burgers is super important. Don’t skimp on it. It’s an easy sauce to stir together but all the pieces are important (capers, lemon, etc.)

When you’re ready to eat smear a toasted bun with a good amount of the sauce and prepare your veggies.

Fixins! - Shrimp Burger Recipe

Fixins!

I think it would be near impossible to grill these burgers. They are too loose. Instead, add a drizzle of oil to a skillet and then heat it over medium heat. You don’t want the pan too hot or the outside of the burger will just burn and you want to cook these through obviously.

Add a burger and use a spatula to press it down into a patty. These burgers will need to cook for 4-5 minutes per side.

I'm not sure a grill would work for these.

I’m not sure a grill would work for these.

Serve the hot patty on the bun with more sauce.

It should be a messy burger and it’s almost impossible to put on too much sauce!

Homemade Shrimp Burger Recipe ~ Macheesmo

Burgers done

Living in a land-locked state, this is a great way to get some seafood flavors going. It was a great burger and I was surprised how easy it was to reproduce at home!

This shrimp burger recipe is a thing. A very good thing!

Has anyone ever had one of these before? Leave a comment!

19 comments on “Homemade Shrimp Burger

  1. Whenever I go to the beach which inevitably involves eating out, my quest is to find the best shrimp burger. Your recipe looks like it is a winner. Going to try this next weekend. Thank you.

  2. We live in coastal SC and have lots of great shrimp burger recipes. One little twist we particularly enjoy is the addition of a fried green tomato slice.
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks, Nick!

    1. Oh that sounds like a killer addition. Tough to find good green tomatoes in my neck of the woods but yes. Sounds awesome!

  3. My daughter has a friend who has a shrimp boat and they are in shrimp season, guess what’s on the menu this week! And I like the addition of a fried green tomato, very southern.

  4. Yum. I am putting this on the meal plan list! Loved watching you on a Food Fighters. You worked so well under the pressure…I would’ve CRACKED. Congrats on the winnings…best of luck with the house and props on helping your sister. I have two nieces and a nephew…I’d do anything for them and my sister :)

    1. Thanks Allyson! It was stressful but also super fun. :) Definitely love being able to help out the fam with some of the winnings. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Love that place but have never had the shrimp burger. Matt always likes to say he is stealing beers because of the honor system there.

  6. This is what we planned for dinner tonight and I found you while looking for a recipes for shrimp burgers. Yours sounded more to our taste but I may add a little lemon to the base or sauce. If I had one suggestion, that would be to have a printable recipe. I will follow-up with feedback on what sounds like a delicious sandwich.

  7. Southport, NC, and the Provision Company are a great combination. I visit every chance I get, and always have to go to the Provision Company.

  8. This looks amazing, of course! And I love your creativity so keep doing what you’re doing. I like to eat a lot of shrimp.

  9. Tried the recipe two weeks ago and it was delish! Making it again tonight for my in-laws. Provision Co. in Holden is my happy place Although I have never ordered the shrimp burger there my sister in law always does. After trying this recipe it will sure to be my menu choice next visit.

  10. I was in Holden Beach a few weeks ago looking at real estate with my realtor. I was getting hungry and I said to him lets stop and have lunch somewhere. He said I know a great place called Provision Company. He told me to order the shrimp burger, and I said I never had one before. We ordered those and their conch fritters which were outstanding!! I actually went again before I left to go back to NY because it was so good. I was looking for a recipe for them when I can across your site. I cant wait to make them, thank you!!

  11. I’ve eaten at The Provision Co at Holden Beach many times. I love the shrimp burger! Thank you for sharing!

  12. My brother went to Provisions in Southport I told him to order the shrimp burger. I was shocked to find out they don’t serve this great burger why is this?

  13. We had the pleasure of eating these at provisions this summer a little pricey but they we’re awesome burgers I will be using this recipe. THANKS

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