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close up of shrimp burger with guacamole in a bun on parchment paper

Shrimp Burgers with Cilantro and Guacamole

Valentina K. Wein
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.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 39 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 333 kcal


For the guacamole

  • 1 medium-sized avocado should provide about 3/4 cup mashed
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • teaspoons chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the burger


For the guacamole

  • 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.

For the burgers

  • 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.)


Calorie count is only an estimate.
Keywords good for summer bbq, burgers made with fish
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