Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Shrimp Burgers

If you ever find yourself in Beaufort, SC, or on the way out to Fripp Island, you must stop at the famous Shrimp Shack for a Shrimp Burger.  Recently voted as one of SC's ten best burgers, I have to agree with them.  I don't get back to my old stomping grounds as much as I would like, so this was my tip of the hat to nostalgia and attempt at a recreation. We both loved it!

Shrimp Burgers

1 lb medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 chopped bell pepper (any color)
1/2 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t old bay (can you more according to taste preference)
Ritz crackers or panko

Grind 2/3 shrimp in food processor.  Chop remaining 1/3 and mix together in a small bowl.
Saute onion and peppers in evoo or butter until translucent.  Add garlic until slightly browned.
Combine with shrimp mixture.
Roll into balls (about the size of tennis balls like you would hamburgers) and flatten into patties.
Dredge in Ritz or panko and fry in a pan over medium heat until crispy and shrimp is cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Serve with lemon wedges and a tartar or cocktail sauce (bun optional).  I would also recommend pairing with a heirloom caprese salad and grilled corn.  It was a perfect summer meal!

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