I have been in a bit of a cooking slump lately. Just looking at my past few months post will prove that! It seems like I have posted very few real meals in there amongst all of the bread and desserts that have been going up!!! All that is about to change. Things are definitely looking up! The girls are done school for the summer and I am as excited as they are!!!
Anyway the other night, while I am getting into break mode I was thinking about meals I have loved. One of my favorite things ever and have never really thought about making are Shrimp Burgers. The only time I have ever tasted them was a couple of summers ago when we were on vacation in Beaufort, SC and ate at The Shrimp Shack. A very, very rustic place owned by the same people that own Gay Fish Company that supplies the shrimp for these burgers. It’s one of those wait in line, place your order at the window and then wait until they call your name and then find a picnic table to eat at or take it with you!
These burgers are chock full of shrimp and come in very close to what you get at The Shrimp Shack. I think the only difference is the method of cooking. Pretty sure they cook theirs in the deep fryer and we don’t own one of those!
What would I change if I next time ( and there will be a next time), absolutely nothing but I will make more. This recipe made 4 burgers and I would have loved one the next day for lunch. I think they would be delicious cold…
Shrimp Burgers – Adapted from here
1 pound shrimp (I used frozen and thawed them but would like to use fresh next time)
2 Tbsp onions or scallions, diced finely
3 Tbsp celery, diced
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp red pepper, finely diced
11/2 teaspoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup bread crumbs (or cornbread crumbs)
1 egg, beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste
Peanut Oil or your choice for pan
1. Cook and peel the shrimp, and chop or grind up.
2. In a large bowl mix the shrimp with the onions, parsley, red pepper and lemon zest. Stir in the mayonnaise, bread crumbs and the egg, and beat with a whisk or wooden spoon until evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Form into patties and saute in oil until both sides are nicely browned. Drain on paper towel. Serve on hamburger buns or choice of bread with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce. We used soft rolls and homemade tartar sauce. Delicious!!!