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!
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.
Shrimp Burger Recipe
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!