I've had my eye on this recipe ever since I got the magazine from Southern Living back in May. I am always looking for quick meals in the evening and different burgers and sandwiches seem to be some of the easiest to throw together. Everything in the recipe can be made in advance from the sauce to the shrimp patties. The flavors in the tarter sauce worked really well with the shrimp and created a really nice, subtle flavor. With each bite you get a good bit of shrimp. I enjoyed this so much I even went back for seconds…something I rarely do! I was a little worried about cooking these outside on the grill so I decided to use our grill pan and I think it was the better choice. The shrimp patties are very delicate and I was afraid it could fall apart on the outdoor grill. If you love shrimp, try it in a burger, it’s great!!
Shrimp Burgers with a Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Tarter SaucePrinter Friendly Version
For the Burgers:
1 1/4 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
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 (I couldn’t find these, so
I used Oyster crackers)
4 Kaiser rolls with poppy seeds, split (I used Hamburger buns)
Peel and devein shrimp. Cut each shrimp into thirds.
Stir together egg, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and ground red pepper until blended; stir in celery, green onion, and parsley. Fold in shrimp and cracker crumbs. Shape into 4 to 5 patties. Place patties on a sheet pan, coated with non-stick spray. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours. Transfer to freezer for 30 minutes before placing on grill.
Coat grill or grill pan with cooking spray and preheat grill to medium high heat. Grill burgers 4 to 5 minutes or until burgers lift easily off grill grate with spatula. Turn burgers and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and burgers are cooked through and lightly crisp.
Grill or toast buns until lightly toasted. Serve burgers on buns with Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Tartar Sauce and lettuce.
For the Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Tarter Sauce:1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons horseradish
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill 30 minutes to 24 hours.
Source: Southern Living Magazine, May 2009