Shrimp Burgers + the Naughty and Nice of Top 5 Burger Favs.

Note: I’m giving away a hardcover addition of my favorite Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything at the end of this blog. One burger word will enter you–Hoo-hoo!

♥♥♥So how’s your summer, folks? Sweltering? Having fun? Summer is Michigan’s payback for dealing with winter and we’re having us a grand ole’ time in these parts–outdoor grilling is half the fun. Daughter, Greta, was visiting at the lake last week. She wanted to make a Shrimp Burger recipe from a recent Mark Bittman recipe from the New York Times and our final recipe follows.

While at it, we had fun compiling a list of our favorite burgers (recipes linked to title name). We discussed their merits and downsides that I’ve blogged about (and Greta’s eaten) through the years.

Bacon-Jam Burger Knock-Off

Bacon-Jam Burger.  Naughty: Ummm. Maybe not a Mayo Clinic recipe recommendation?  Nice: A crowd-pleaser. Really. Bacon and jam? Be still my heart.

My Favorite Turkey Burger

My favorite Turkey Burger Naughty: It’s hard to file a complaint about this burger, unless you opposed to animal grinds of any sort. Nice: Combines healthy and juicy and is another Mark Bittman remix.

Black Bean Burger  Naughty: A bit more fuss and drier than meaty options. Nice: Super-healthy, planet-friendly and well-adapted to fry pans. Adding the dried mushrooms adds than umami, fifth taste “je nais sais qu0i”.

Lamb Burger Sliders with Tzadziki and Beetroot Relish Naughty: Making the beet root relish will dye your fingertips red. Wear gloves! The condiments add more to the production but note they can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Nice: I find these burgers so exceptionally delicious I even included them is a scene in THE WELCOME HOME DINER.

Shrimp Burgers

Shrimp Burgers Naughty: The first time we made the recipe, the burgers were difficult to grill and somewhat fell apart. On round two of making the recipe, we added panko and an egg, chilled them a couple of hours and they grilled to delicious perfection. Nice: Loved the Asian flavors in the recipe. Greta also puréed and avocado with garlic, lime and a touch of mayo, which was the perfect spread. 

Would love to hear about your favorite burgers! For my money, Mark Bittman is the master of the burger and his HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING: SIMPLE RECIPES FOR GREAT FOOD is one of my most dog-eared cookbooks.

Tell me what your favorite burger is in the comment section below and shoot me an e-mail: with the same comment or DM me on Facebook. I’ll close it down August 15, will select a name at random and send the winner the hardcover of this book.

No gimmicks. I swear I won’t send you spam or share your e-mail. Note I don’t advertise on this site, right? Oh. Except the shameless mentions of my books and other favorite books on my shelf. Oh well. Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes. Here is our version of Mark Bittman’s Shrimp Burgers: 

Recipe: Shrimp Burgers


  • 1 ½ pounds raw, peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 scant tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed, dried red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup washed cilantro leaves
  • Neutral oil, like corn or canola, as needed
  • 4 lightly toasted buns
  • Your choice of condiments such as avocado aioli, ketchup, chili sauce or fresh limes


  1. Prepare a gas or charcoal fire to medium-high heat. (Note that you can also pan fry these burgers, if desired.)
  2. Coarsely chop 1 pound of shrimp. In a processor, purée remaining half pound of shrimp
  3. Combine chopped and pureéd shrimp with garlic, red pepper flakes, ginger, salt, egg, panko, scallions, bell pepper and cilantro. Form into 4 patties and chill at least two hours.
  4. Brush grill and patties with oil and grill 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Serve on buns with desired condiments.

    Prep time: 30 minutes

    Grill time: apx. 10 minutes

    Number of servings (yield): 4 plump shrimp burgers

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47 Responses to Shrimp Burgers + the Naughty and Nice of Top 5 Burger Favs.

  1. Debbie says:

    I love any cut of beef with blue cheese and burgers are no exception!
    Those lamb and beet burgers are awesome!

  2. Martina says:

    I am also a sucker for a good blue cheese burger…with piles of grilled mushrooms! Yum. And rare.
    There’s nothing like it. Let’s see, if I’m feeling “veggie-like”, perhaps a black bean burger with mucho cilantro. But I love your recipe here for the shrimp burger!

  3. Alison Ragsdale says:

    Lamb burger sliders?? You had me at tzatziki! I’ll definitely try this recipe. Sounds amazing 🙂

  4. Janet Nacu says:

    Shrimp burger, who would have thought??? But if you suggest it, I will try it tonight!

  5. Chris B. says:

    This shrimp burger looks amazing! Cilantro wins me over every time!! Can’t get enough. My sister somehow makes the best hamburgers on the grill, with caramelized onion and any of your favorite condiments – it’s summer at it’s best! During winter months, or for a good veg option, Masala veggie burgers from Trader Joe’s – even the kids love them!

    • Peggy says:

      I know, Chris. Right? Caramelized onions and mushrooms and maybe add some melted swiss cheese??? Don’t forget to e-mail or DM me on FB to get this cookbook, which you will love. I will get the Masala Veggie Burgers from TJ. I feel lucky to have a TJ close by as their brands are the best fast food out there.

  6. nancy says:

    bison burgers

    • Peggy says:

      Bison on Nancy’s scorecard! Bison is a delicious and more healthy alternative (planetary, as well) to beef. Thanks!

  7. alesia says:

    Definitely will try the shrimp burgers! My favorite is a sprouted whole wheat bun topped with tempeh, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and avocado…

  8. Lauren says:

    Gotta go no-meat and say the black bean burger wins my heart. Top with grilled mushrooms and onions and avocado… yes please!

  9. Jenny says:

    I love a “breakfast” burger! Adding a fried egg and some bacon to a burger (especially with jalapenos) makes the burger experience that much better. Yum!

  10. Maria says:

    My favorite burger comes from Miller Bar in Dearborn, MI. They’re very simple, no toppings but cheese and raw onion (with ketchup, mustard and pickles on the table), but the burger is so dang good you don’t need anything more!!

    When I’m making burgers at home, I like to grill a prime-rib patty and top it with a whole bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley. The greasy depth of the meat is balanced well by the fresh, grassy taste of the parsley. Yum!

  11. Kristen says:

    Blue cheese stuffed burgers are my favorite, too! I’m sensing a theme. 🙂

    • Peggy says:

      Oh yes, Kristen. A theme and you are in the running. Blue cheese is so delicious melted on the top of a burger–maybe with some sautéed onions and mushrooms! Good luck! Peggy

  12. Tonni Callan says:

    My favorite is a portabello mushroom burger with cheese…..with or without the burger.

  13. Kate Dunn says:

    Wow! I have to try this shrimp burger recipe. I have never heard of this before and would love to give it a shot. My favorite burger is pretty simple- a bacon cheeseburger. The key is using thick bacon and colby or cheddar cheese. The Pioneer Woman has a great recipe for the “Perfect Bacon Cheeseburger” on her website. Surprisingly, Cracker Barrel of all places, has an amazing one on their menu as well.

    • Peggy says:

      Thanks for the tip, Kate. I will check out that particular blog and nice to know about Cracker Barrel cheeseburger on road trips when you just have to have one! Peggy

  14. Julie Miller says:

    Beef and bacon with cheddar

  15. Roxana says:

    The black bean burger you have listed sounds so good

  16. Lorraine Ashmore says:

    I gotta have bleu cheese, bacon, and mushrooms. Oh, I’m drooling on my keyboard.

  17. Kim Kight says:

    I love burgers with blue cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms! This shrimp burger sounds awesome!!

  18. Saira says:

    I love burgers , especially with some pineapple and avocado on it. Oh and bacon on anything is amazing.

  19. Nicki strzelinski says:

    As gross as it may sound my favorite burger is from a local burger place and it’s called the Rlvis burger. It’s stuffed with peanut butter and bananas. It sounds so gross but it’s so yummy! The peanut butter just melts into the burger!!!! Yummy!!

    • Peggy says:

      You’ve got to be kidding me! Really? My hubby is a peanut butter junkie and I’m going to slip some into his next burger and gauge his reaction. That’s the most unusual sounding hamburger yet!

  20. Linda Hewitt says:

    My favorite burger is my husband Chef Tom’s Skirt Burger! Absolutely addictive!

  21. Brenda Cunningham-Meany says:

    All about the lamb 🙂

  22. Debra Watson Duncan says:

    My favorite burger is a good juicy turkey burger!!

    • Peggy says:

      You’ve gotta’ try my take on Mark Bittman’s Turkey Burger–it seems to be the burger I most gravitate to in general!

      • Debra Watson Duncan says:

        I most definitely will try that Peggy. Sounds delish!! I love putting chopped spinach, kale, italian bread crumbs, egg, onion, seasoning mustard and a little ranch dressing in my turkey burgers. They come out so juicy and just delicious!!

  23. Andrea Orcutt Colyer (a high school friend of Dick's) says:

    Have seen many recipes for lamb burgers as we raise sheep in Massachusetts and my husband is on the American Lamb Board but am anxious to try the beet root relish. Enjoy your blog always.

    • Peggy says:

      And I appreciate your commenting here, Andrea. You raise sheep??? I’ve created characters in THE WELCOME HOME DINER who also raise sheep!!! I wish I could have quizzed you while writing. You will love the beet relish. While we were traveling in New Zealand, they often served it over lamb burgers–it’s where I got the idea. Would you like to read an advance of the book???

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