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12/19/2017 6:12 am  #1

Shrimp Burgers?

Shrimp Burgers


Jim Wilson/The New York Times

You can make a burger out of anything, as most home cooks know; the challenge is in choosing a central element that delivers superior flavor and texture. Shrimp, like scallops, contain a high amount of natural gelatin, which allows you to incorporate a considerable amount of flavorings without worrying about the burger falling apart.

In fact, if you purée all the shrimp, you end up with a dense, rubbery sponge not unlike the dense Thai fish cakes known as tod mun. But if you purée just a portion of them, leaving the rest -- along with the flavorings -- just roughly chopped, you produce a good-textured burger with powerful flavor (and, I might add, very little fat). I chose to go an Asian route here, with ginger, chile (many people will want to use more than I suggest, some will want less), and cilantro, adding a little bell pepper for color. But as with any burgers, these can be seasoned pretty much according to your whim. (Note: Mark calls for grilling these burgers, but you can pan-fry them with a little bit of oil over medium-high heat.)

1  large clove garlic, peeled
1  dried or fresh chile, stemmed, seeded and deveined, or more to taste
1  1-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 ½  pounds peeled shrimp, deveined if you like
¼  cup roughly chopped shallots, scallions or red onion
¼  cup roughly chopped red or yellow bell pepper, optional
 Salt and pepper
½  cup cilantro leaves, or to taste
 Neutral oil, like corn or canola, as needed
 Toasted buns, optional
 Lime wedges or ketchup for serving

Start a charcoal or gas grill; fire should be moderately hot and rack about 4 inches from heat source.

Combine garlic, chili, ginger and 1/3 of the shrimp in a food processor and purée, stopping machine to scrape down sides of container as necessary. Add remaining shrimp along with shallots, bell pepper, salt, pepper and cilantro, and pulse as many times as necessary to chop shrimp, but not too finely. Shape mixture into 4 patties. Chill for 15 to 20 minutes.

Brush grill or patties lightly with oil and place them on grill. Cook undisturbed until a dark crust appears on bottom and they release fairly easily with a spatula, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes on the other side. Serve on buns or not, as you like, with ketchup or lime juice as a condiment.

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12/19/2017 12:45 pm  #2

Re: Shrimp Burgers?

Looks fantastic!

I had a really good salmon burger about two weeks ago at the Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster.

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12/19/2017 1:22 pm  #3

Re: Shrimp Burgers?

I haven't made this yet, but I am anxious to.
Casting modesty aside, I made a pretty mean salmon burger.
Tried making a burger with cod, which wasn't bad. But, not a "wow".
This shrimp burger thing might have promise.

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