Shrimp Burgers With Sweet 'n' Spicy Tartar Sauce

Shrimp Burgers With Sweet 'n' Spicy Tartar Sauce Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Recipes for shrimp burgers, a favorite food of Southern shrimping towns, are often a big secret. Here we divulge our version, which is chunky and spicy with some Cajun flair.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 12 Minutes
Other: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


1 1/4 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp (31/40 count)
Vegetable cooking spray
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 1/4 cups crushed cornbread crackers (about 1 sleeve or 24 crackers)
4 Kaiser rolls with poppy seeds, split
4 Bibb lettuce leaves
Garnish: grilled lemon halves


1. Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Cut each shrimp into thirds.

2. Line a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil. Coat with cooking spray.

3. Stir together egg and next 4 ingredients until blended; stir in celery, green onion, and parsley. Fold in shrimp and cracker crumbs (mixture will be very thick). Shape into 4 (4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick) patties. Place patties on prepared pan. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours. Transfer to freezer, and freeze 30 minutes.

4. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Grill burgers, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes or until burgers lift easily from cooking grate using a large spatula. Turn burgers, and grill 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and burgers are cooked through and lightly crisp.

5. Grill buns, cut sides down, 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Serve burgers on buns with Sweet 'n' Spicy Tartar Sauce and lettuce. Garnish, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Keebler Town House Bistro Corn Bread Crackers.

May 2009
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