Shrimp BurgerEstimated Cost:  $11.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cook Time:  8 minutes

Serves:  4

The first time I had a shrimp burger was in the Outer Banks in North Carolina at a diner just off the beach.  I’ve tried to replicate that culinary experience for years, and I think I’ve gotten pretty close.

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 garlic cloves
1/8 cup cilantro or freshly chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
lettuce and mayonnaise if desired

1. Coarsely chop half of the shrimp and add to a medium-bowl.

2. Place the remaining shrimp, garlic, and cilantro in the food processor. Pulse shrimp mixture to create a chunky paste, approximately 5-7 pulses. Mix the shrimp paste in the bowl with the chopped shrimp.

3. Add the salt, paprika, onion powder, Old Bay Seasoning, cayenne pepper, Panko breadcrumbs, and egg; mix only to combine.

4. Form into 4 patties.

5. Heat a skillet over medium high heat with the vegetable oil. Add the burgers and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve on a whole wheat roll with lettuce and mayonnaise.

Mike’s comments:

The topping and condiment combinations for Shrimp Burgers are endless. Get creative and use items your family loves the most. One of my personal favorite condiments for Outer Banks Shrimp Burgers is Old Bay Horseradish Mayonnaise.