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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