Shrimp Burgers Two Ways

A beef burger without a bun is somewhat lacking. It tastes great, but it seems like the fun is missing. So I decided to experiment with other burger flavors and since they’re not traditional, the missing bun isn’t missed. In fact, a bun would mute the flavors. I’ve made chicken and sausage gumbo burgers, and Italian meat and sauce burgers (a plate of meatballs and sauce also seems so-so, but patty-sized meat with sauce is just right!) The first seafood burger I made was a combination of halibut and crawfish left over from a visit to Hawks. It was a hit!

Thai Green Curry Crawfish Burger

Thai Green Curry Crawfish Burger

Halibut is expensive and boiled crawfish aren’t in season, so I came up with two new shrimp versions: Thai Green Curry and Louisiana. Depending on your mood, one or the other will make a lovely weeknight meal or something amazing to serve to guests.

Shrimp Burger Ingredients - Two Ways

Shrimp Burger Ingredients – Two Ways

On the left are the ingredients for the Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burgers and on the right are the ingredients for the Louisiana Shrimp Burgers. In the final version of the Thai, I decided to skip the sriracha — the patty and sauce are plenty spicy without it.

Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burger

Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burger

The sauce requires a few ingredients, but comes together in minutes. And those flavors are repeated in the patties to amp up the flavor. I chose crisp cucumbers and mellow mango to accompany the burgers and Harris agreed that the two worked nicely with the shrimp and green curry. One ingredient might be hard to find; they’re kaffir lime leaves. But I got them frozen, on Amazon and they last months and months in the freezer. If you’re looking for an ingredient that will send your green curry to the moon and back, this is it.

But the patties are delicious without them, too. All the bright, spicy flavors in Thai Green Curry always make me feel so good. Once I was coming down with a nasty bug and couldn’t lose time at work. I stopped at our favorite Thai restaurant, Pimon Thai and got an order of green curry chicken on my way home. By morning the bug had been blasted to smithereens and I’ve been a fan ever since. Whenever the girls are coming down with something, they know I’ll always suggest green curry for their ills. Don’t wait until you’re feeling unwell for some though, and who knows? Maybe it’ll keep in the pink!

Louisiana Shrimp Burger

Louisiana Shrimp Burger

Not everybody’s down with these pungent flavors. I won’t judge. So I’ve included a variation featuring all the beloved flavors of Louisiana. As I was “shopping” in Harris’s garden for onion tops and a few peppers, I noticed a green eggplant ripe for the picking. This my very most favorite variety, and it was a welcome addition to the Louisiana party. A ripe heirloom tomato completed the dish.

Louisiana Shrimp Burger

Louisiana Shrimp Burger

I hope you’ll try one of these recipes and let me know what you think! There are more summer tunes this week. Have a great Watermelon Day! August 3rd is also National IPA Day. So whether your thirst runs to fruit or to beer, you’re covered!!

Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burger
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Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burgers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
Fresh, light and summery, Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burgers are a unique alternative to the usual beef.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 280 kcal
Ingredients
Thai Green Curry Sauce
  • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
  • 2 tbl Thai green curry paste such as Mai Ploy brand
  • 1 tbl ginger root grated
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium lime zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced
  • 3 medium kaffir lime leaves minced (optional)
  • 1 5.4 oz. can coconut cream unsweetened
  • 1 tbl honey
For the Shrimp Burgers
  • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 1 tbl ginger root grated
  • 2 tbl Thai green curry paste
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 medium kaffir lime leaves minced (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp peeled, deveined, divided
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 medium mango thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallot, ginger, curry paste, garlic, kaffir lime leaves (if using), salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for 2 minutes or until fragrant and shallot is softened. Do not brown.
  2. Add coconut cream and honey, stirring to combine. Taste for seasoning, adding more lime juice, honey or other ingredient to taste. Set aside.
  3. Make the shrimp burgers. In a 12-inch skillet, add 1 tsp oil over medium heat. Add shallot, ginger, curry paste, garlic, Kaffir lime leaves (if using), salt and pepper. Remove to a bowl and set aside to cool. (Does not have to be cold.)
  4. In the bowl of a food processor, add half the shrimp, egg white and shallot mixture. Pulse six or seven times until combined. Add remaining shrimp and pulse 2-3 times. With spatula, combine ingredients thoroughly.
  5. In the skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Using a large spoon, scoop 1/4 of the shrimp mixture and place in the skillet, smoothing it into a disc. Repeat with remaining shrimp mixture. There will be 4 burgers. Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden. Flip and continue cooking until cooked through, about 2 minutes.
  6. Place cucumber and mango slices on serving or individual plates. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil. Place burgers on top and drizzle with green curry sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 783mg 33%
Potassium 322mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 6%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Louisiana Shrimp Burger
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Louisiana Shrimp Burgers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
A nice change from beef burgers, Louisiana Shrimp Burgers are quick, easy and taste so good!
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 368 kcal
Ingredients
For the shrimp burgers
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 stalk celery minced
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper minced
  • 2 green onions minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp peeled, deveined and divided
  • 1 egg white
  • salt, pepper, cayenne and Tabasco sauce to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1 medium eggplant sliced
For the sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 green onion minced
  • 1 tbl lemon juice
  • salt, pepper and Tabaso sauce to taste
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce and refrigerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  3. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When shimmering, add onion, celery, bell pepper, green onion and garlic. Sauté until translucent, but not brown. About 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Set aside to cool (does not have to be cold).
  4. In the bowl of a food processor, add half the shrimp. Pulse until there are no large pieces, about 6-7 pulses. Add egg white, onion mixture, and remaining shrimp. Pulse 2-3 times. Mix with spatula to distribute ingredients evenly. Add more seasoning if desired.
  5. In the 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté the eggplant until golden and cooked through. Season to taste. About 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and place in the oven to keep warm.
  6. If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil to now empty skillet over medium heat. With a large spoon, scoop 1/4 of the shrimp mixture, drop it in the skillet and shape into flat disc. Do the same with the remaining shrimp mixture. There will be 4 burgers. Cook on the first side 2-3 minutes until golden. Flip and cook on the second side another 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Plate the burgers with the eggplant and tomatoes and drizzle with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Louisiana Shrimp Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 656mg 27%
Potassium 694mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 9g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 54%
Calcium 8%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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