Firecracker Shrimp Burgers with Avocado Tartar Sauce Recipe

whiskeyandwings April 22, 2017 0
Firecracker Shrimp Burgers with Avocado Tartar Sauce Recipe


For the burgers: 

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. gochujang
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 4 buns or rolls, split

For the sesame slaw: 

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage/carrots etc. (I used a bag mix of carrots, napa and red cabbage)
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds

For the avocado tartar sauce: 

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup mini sweet pickles, sometimes called cornichons or gherkins, finely diced (If you don’t like sweet pickles, you can use dill pickles)


  • Place shrimp in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until very finely chopped, similar to the consistency of any other ground meat. Transfer shrimp to a bowl and add breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, sesame oil, gochujang, pepper flakes, lemon juice and sesame seeds. Stir until completely combined.
  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Divide the shrimp mixture into four portions and shape each into a patty. Place the patties in the skillet and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side. Since the patties are a little sticky, it’s easier to place four balls of the shrimp mixture in a skillet and flatten them into patties in the pan, rather than trying to peel them off of whatever surface you shape the patty on.
  • Meanwhile, make the coleslaw. Combine the cabbage, oil, vinegar and sesame seeds in a bowl. Stir well.
  • To prepare the tartar sauce, place mayo, avocado, lemon juice and pickle juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in diced pickle. If the sauce is too thick, add more lemon juice until it reaches a tartar sauce consistency.
  • Once the burgers have cooked, wipe the skillet clean and return it to the stove over high heat. Melt a pat of butter and add the buns, split side down and cook until toasty and golden brown.
  • Spread the top half of each bun with avocado tartar sauce. Place salmon patties on the bottom portion of each toasted bun. Top with slaw and the top of the bun.

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