Whisk together mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Gently fold in crackers and crabmeat. Shape mixture into 6 (3-inch) patties. Cover and chill 1 hour or until firm.
Cook 3 patties in 1 tablespoon hot oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and patties.
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