Cilantro Shrimp Burgers are a super unique twist on a burger. Shrimp burger patties are topped with a delicious smoky guacamole recipe and they’re bursting with fresh flavors. Great for lunch, dinner, and outdoor summer parties. I’m going to be in full bragging mode and tell you that you absolutely must make this shrimp burger recipe!
There are so many ways to make and define a burger these days. Beef (of course), turkey, chicken, veggie, tofu, mushroom, and the list goes on. So why not shrimp?
Can you buy already peeled and deveined shrimp?
Yes, of course. Though if you have the time, it’s quite easy and saves you money, to peel and devein the shrimp yourself. Here’s an easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographic guide to teach you how.
It’s just a question of if you have the time or inclination.
It’s sort of a zen-like activity, once you get into it. (For me, anyway.)
What’s in this shrimp burger?
- salt, cumin black pepper
You won’t believe how much flavor those few ingredients bring.
What do they taste like?
These shrimp burgers have a Mexican vibe from the cilantro and cumin.
It’s such a delicious combination of flavors and the subtle sweetness of the shrimp balances everything perfectly.
What’s in the Guacamole?
- Chipotle peppers in adobo
- lime juice
- red onion
- salt, pepper
The shrimp burger is out of control juicy and oozing with delicious flavors, and the smoky guacamole recipe is beyond belief. It’s smoky, spicy, fresh and creamy — all at once.
Oh, and the little bits of crunch from the red onion is so good!
Can I grill the Cilantro Shrimp Burger?
I don’t recommend it.
They’re a bit fragile on the grill, while they’re quite easy to manage in a sauté pan. Even though we sauté them, they’re still lovely to serve at an outdoor summer barbecue.
They’re ideally made in a thick-bottomed sauté pan. A cast iron skillet is perfect.
I serve these burgers in a bun with the guacamole, tomato, and lettuce, but the shrimp burger patties are equally as delicious on their own.
I’m telling you, this should be your dinner tonight!
What to Serve with Shrimp Burgers
- Chopped Mexican Salad with Pepitas
- Fried Lemon Caesar Salad
- Grilled Romain Anchovy Salad
- chips and a super scrumptious salsa
Enjoy the shrimp burgers and the delectable smoky guacamole recipe whenever you decide to try them.
More delicious recipes with shrimp . . .
- Cajun Shrimp with Citurs Cucumber Salsa
- Tropical Quinoa Salad Bowl with Shrimp
- Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche
This recipe is a unique twist on a burger. Topped with a delicious smoky guacamole, they're bursting with interesting, fresh flavors and are great for lunch, dinner, and outdoor summer parties.
*To save about 15 minutes, you can buy the shrimp already peeled and deveined. If you have the time though, it's easy to do yourself and you'll save some money. Here's How to Peel and Devein Shrimp.
- 1 medium-sized avocado should provide about 3/4 cup mashed
- 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1½ teaspoons chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (Click here for How to Peel and Devein Shrimp)
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup packed cilantro leaves, washed and dried
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- olive oil for the pan
- about 8 thin slices vine-ripened tomato
- 1 small handful baby lettuces
- 4 of your favorite burger buns, lightly toasted
In a small mixing bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Add the onion, chipotles, lime juice, and salt -- stir to blend. Cover with plastic wrap and press it gently directly on top of the guacamole. Set aside.
Add all but about ¾ cup of the shrimp to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Turn it on to pulse it just a bit. Then add the egg and cilantro and blend again until it's smooth, about 10 seconds. Add this to a mixing bowl and set aside.
Roughly chop the remaining ¾ cup of shrimp into small pieces. Add them to the smooth portion in the mixing bowl, along with the salt, cumin and pepper. Mix just to blend and set aside.
Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium-high heat. Once it's very hot, use a ½ cup measure to scoop and shape the shrimp mixture into 4 burgers. They will be sticky, but will easily hold together when you place them in the pan. Sauté them just until they're cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. They should be golden brown.
Now add about 1 tablespoon or so of the guacamole to each half of the toasted buns. Add a burger to each, followed by a couple of tomato slices and a bit of the lettuce. Close the burger and enjoy! (These are best when the burgers are still warm.)
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