Caribbean Shrimp Burgers
Caribbean Shrimp Burger Recipe: These zesty juicy Caribbean Shrimp Burgers are packed with island herbs and spices, and topped with fresh mango slaw. Plus, they can be made GLUTEN FREE with just a couple of adjustments!
Lt. Dan and I have been taking a “grown-up trip” to a little chain of islands in the Bahamas, once a year, for the last few years.
It’s a true vacation, not a wild adventure like so many of our trips. We go with some of our closest friends and do relaxed island things.
We putt around the crystal waters on a small boat. We explore the interior of the islands by golf cart. We lay on the beach. We snorkel. We drink tiki drinks. We eat seafood… Lots of seafood.
It’s pure heaven.
Shrimp Burger Recipe
Our travel buddy, Julie, also has to have a blog. Her healthy lifestyle blog Running In A Skirt is packed with workout tips and mindful recipes.
On one of our trips to the Bahamas, Julie introduced me to shrimp burgers.
Honestly, the idea of shrimp in a burger was a little foreign to me. My first thought was, “Why would anyone grind up big juicy shrimp to make a burger patty?”
Yet after tasting Julie’s burger, it suddenly became quite clear.
Shrimp patties not only offer tons of fresh seafood flavor, they also happen to be very moist.
This combination makes an incredible platform for all sorts of herbs, spices, and chunky add-ins.
Best Shrimp Burgers
Julie has since introduced me to her homemade shrimp burger recipes.
Julie’s shrimp burgers are utterly addictive and you should definitely try them both.
However, after our last couple trip to the Bahamas, I felt it was time to work on my own shrimp burger recipe… One inspired by our trips together.
Caribbean Shrimp Burgers
Other than amazing seafood, the thing I love most about Caribbean cuisine is the bold use of fresh herbs, chiles, and spices commonly thought of as baking spices.
Caribbean cuisine comes from the melting pot of voyagers, from all over the world, settling in these islands. When cultures collide in the kitchen, brilliant and unexpected dishes appear!
Today’s Caribbean Shrimp Burger Recipe is packed with fresh local shrimp, garden produce, cilantro, habanero pepper, allspice, and ginger.
The sweetness of the shrimp, onions, and bell peppers is perfectly complemented by a kick of spicy habanero, and nutty ground spices.
Although you can grill shrimp patties over an open flame, I find the patties are safer in a large cast iron skillet.
That’s because shrimp patties done right are very delicate. They have a lot of moisture in them and are likely to stick to the grates.
Instead, lay them gently in a skillet with a little oil or butter. The exterior will form a caramelized crust, yet the interior will stay ultra juicy.
How To Make Caribbean Shrimp Burgers
- Grind the produce in a food processor to eliminate the need for fine chopping. Then add whole raw shrimp and pulse (just a little) to break them into smaller pieces.
- Form the mixture into hamburger patties. Make sure they are a little wider than the hamburger buns.
- Sizzle the patties in a hot skillet. About 10 minutes will cook them through!
- Mix the fresh crunchy slaw burger topper.
- Stack the buns, shrimp patties, slaw, and fresh avocado!
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Shrimp Burger FAQ
Yes! Swap the panko bread crumbs and hamburger buns with gluten-free panko and buns. Also, be sure to check your mayonnaise ingredients.
Yes. If you use oil instead of butter to cook the patties it is technically dairy free. However, you should also check the ingredients on your mayonnaise and buns. They sometimes contain dairy.
No, but maybe. This recipe as-is does not fit into a low carb diet. However, if you lose the bun and serve the shrimp patties with a salad, you can cut out almost two-thirds of the carbs. You can also swap out the panko breadcrumbs for almond flour. Yet the patties are even more delicate and can be very hard to handle.
Yes. You can make the patties up to 24 hours in advance. Lay them on a baking sheet, cover well, and refrigerate. If cooking straight from the refrigerator, they may take 12-14 minutes to cook through.
Surprisingly, yes! I usually make a double batch so my son can take them for school lunches. He is a shrimp burger fanatic!
More Brilliant Burger Recipes
- Easy Sesame Chicken Burgers
- Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
- Zesty Italian Burgers
- Salsa Verde Burgers with Watermelon and Basil
- Lamb Burgers with Tabbouleh and Grilled Peppers
- Chorizo Pineapple Burgers
- Frito Chili Cheeseburgers
- Szechuan Beef Hamburgers
- Greek Burgers
Caribbean Shrimp Burgers
For the Shrimp Patties:
- 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned
- 1 1/4 cups panko bread crumbs (or gluten free panko)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 whole habanero pepper, seeded
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
For the Mango Slaw:
For the Shrimp Burgers:
- 4 hamburger buns (or gluten free buns)
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon oil or butter
- For the Shrimp Patties: Make sure the shrimp are cleaned and all shells and tails are removed. Roughly chop the onions, bell peppers, and cilantro. Peel the garlic, and seed the habanero pepper. Zest and juice the lime.
- Set out a food processor. Add the onions, bell peppers, cilantro, garlic, habanero. Add the lime zest, but reserve the juice for the slaw. Pulse a couple of times to chop the veggies into small pieces. Add in the shrimp. Pulse a few more times to cut the shrimp into small pieces. *You don't want to puree the mixture; pulse just a little so you can still see pieces of shrimp.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the shrimp mixture, panko breadcrumbs, egg, salt, allspice, and ginger. Mix until smooth.
- Set a large skillet on the stovetop. Add the oil (or butter) Then set on medium heat. Form the shrimp mixture into 4 equal patties, just slightly larger than the hamburger buns.
- Gently move the patties to the hot skillet, and cook for 5-6 minutes per side. They should be brown, but not burnt.
- While the shrimp patties are cooking, prepare the mango slaw. In a medium mixing bowl, add the broccoli slaw, mango strips, green onion, lime juice, mayonnaise, and honey. Mix until smooth. Then taste, and salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.
- To Assemble the Shrimp Burgers: Open the buns and carefully move one patty to each bun. Top with mango slaw and a few slices of avocado. Place the bun on top and serve immediately.
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