Friday, June 12, 2009

Shrimp Burgers

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! 

P1010528 Shrimp Burgers

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!!!

As Always…

Happy Entertaining!!!

Judy
www.nofearentertaining.com

19 comments:

Jeff said...

I am in the same slump. Between the bread baker's apprentice, softball, summer stuff, etc. I feel like I have zero time to cook. If I do cook I then feel zero motivation to bust out the camera and some creativity to write about it.

Beautifully done and I may have to do this for a couple friends who are do not eat meat but still eat fish.

Susan @ SGCC said...

I've been in a slump too. I think it's the heat. Who wants to cook full meals when it's 90 degrees outside!

Anyway, I love your shrimp burgers! They look awesome and I'll bet they taste great.

HoneyB said...

These look and sound yummy! I have never had a shrimp burger before!

Maria said...

Never tried shrimp in a burger, great idea! Perfect for summer too!

Peter G said...

Absolutely delish Judy! I love this idea and will def be trying it.

Kristen said...

Judy, fantastic! I don't think I've ever had a shrimp burger but I know I would love one! And I've got some shrimp in the freezer. Time to whip some up!

matt said...

Love it. What a great idea. I don't think I have ever seen, and certainly never eaten a shrimp burger. Where have they been!!!!!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

That sounds novel indeed Judy...how YUM!! Never had shrimp burgers but it's time I crawlrd out from under my rock!! xoxoxo

TheGourmetGirl said...

Nice idea Judy, great for the grilling season.

Carrie Oliver said...

I like to think I'm pretty creative in the kitchen but I would not have thought to make burgers from shrimp. They sound (and look) great, thanks! Would be fun to experiment w/ these.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

These sound so great Judy - such a great and creative way to use shrimp! An awesome new idea!

Maris said...

If you've been in a cooking slump, you've definitely got me fooled!

Patsyk said...

Never would have guessed you were in a slump! Those burgers sound wonderful! I love using other proteins beside ground beef for burgers.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Crabcakes are hugely popular here in New England. Shrimp, not as much, because we live so far from fresh shrimp. But I've bookmarked and I'm going to give these a try.

Dharm said...

We all get in some form of slumps so I identify with you! I love shrimp and i love Burgers so what could be better than shrimp burgers!! Save me a couple the next time you make these okay??!!

Kevin said...

Shrimp burgers sound great!

Spryte said...

Shrimp burgers! YUM!

Peter M said...

With these shrimp burgers...you're back baby! I've my eye on some shrimp dishes of late...have a great Anniversary!

Dazy said...

That's my kind of meal when I am alone. That and a glass of wine and a chick movie! Looks perfect!