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Shrimp Burgers (Asian Style)

Shrimp burgers are my new best friend. Originally spotted on the NYTimes website, I seasoned these up, added a great Vietnamese style sauce, a slice of grilled pineapple, and Manservant came running.

Years ago when I stopped eating red meat, burgers were the hardest thing for me to give up. I tried veggie burgers of which there are few good ones out there, but they never really sufficed. I do like  ground chicken burgers but have never been in love with turkey burgers. Now I’ve found shrimp burgers and I am one happy gal! I love burgers and these shrimp burgers totally satisfy!

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I can’t believe grilling season is upon us, though I must admit that Denver is pretty lucky when it comes to grilling. There aren’t many days where we can’t, and that’s a good thing. These shrimp burgers are loaded with flavor and can be made ahead and kept chilled in the fridge until ready to grill. I made these slider proportions because why stop at one…when you can have two. These pretty shrimp burgers would also be perfect topping a salad or even as appetizers, if you choose to make them mini sized. I love the addition of a grilled pineapple round to compliment the burger, but pineapple salsa would work, too. So many variations with these!

Shrimp Burgesr, Cucumber Salad

Feel free to change up the seasonings. These shrimp burgers are Asian style and I love the Vietnamese sauce I made to plop on top. However if that just ain’t your thing my Old Bay remoulade sauce would more than work. If you just aren’t feeling ginger, than add Old Bay to the burgers to season them up and skip the cilantro and add celery. I love shrimp burgers served with a simple smashed cucumber salad but whatever you choose to serve with these; these babies will be a great new addition to your grill!

What’s new on yours?

Shrimp Burgers, Grilled Pineapple

Here are some other great burgers from some of my friends:

Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burgers from Wishes and Dishes

Grilled Tex Mex Chicken Burgers from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

The Ultimate Veggie Burger from The View from Great Island

Plus a Few More:

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger

These Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burgers are sure to please anyone. Luscious cream cheese, mixed with spicy jalapenos and onions is an easy way to dress up any burger! #burgers #burgertoppings #jalapenos

Caprese Grilled Chicken on Quinoa Cakes

Calabacitas Tomato Sandwich

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shrimp burgers

Shrimp Burgers (Asian Style)

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch, Appetizer
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Shrimp burgers seasoned with garlic, ginger and chile are my favorite thing cooking on the grill right now. Filled with flavor and topped with a slice of grilled pineapple, these shrimp burgers are sensational!



2 cloves of garlic

1 jalapeno or a good sprinkle of dried chile flakes

1 1″ piece of ginger, peeled and rough chopped or a good squeeze of ginger paste

1 1/2 t lemongrass paste (This is easier for me to get than finding fresh lemongrass. Totally optional)

Several good grinds of fresh black pepper

1 lb peeled raw shrimp

1/4 c rough chopped shallots or onion

1/4 c rough chopped red or yellow pepper

1/4 c cilantro

12 t fish sauce or to taste (optional)

Cooking Spray

Buns (optional)

Grilled Pineapple Rings (I used fresh pineapple but canned rings can also be grilled)

Asian Shrimp Burger Sauce

2 cloves garlic, rough chopped

1/2 c mayonaise

2 t fish sauce

1 T lime juice

1/2 t sugar

1/2 t fresh ground black pepper or more to taste


Combine garlic, chile, ginger, lemongrass paste, ground pepper and 1/3 of the shrimp in a food processor and puree, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add remaining shrimp, shallots, pepper,  cilantro and fish sauce. Pulse to chop, but you still want chunks of shrimp. Shape mixture into 4 patties if you want slider sized. I used a 1/3 c measure and it made four. Chill for 20 minutes or longer.

Get pineapple ready to grill.

Make sauce by wiping out food processor and combining all ingredients in sauce recipe in food processor. Blend well until mixture is smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Set aside.

When ready to grill preheat grill so that it is moderately hot with rack about 4″ from heat source. Spray patties and pineapple with cooking spray on each side or brush well with oil. Cook until a dark crust appears on bottom and they release easily with a spatula, about 5-7 minutes depending on how fast your grill cooks. Flip and cook approximately another 4 minutes. Pineapple will cook sooner. Flip as needed and set aside when grilled.

Serve on buns with a slice of grilled pineapple and a dollop of sauce.


These make 4 mini burgers or sliders or 2 regular sized burgers.

Recipe rating


Sunday 19th of May 2019

These are delightful! I have never had a shrimp burger, but rather shrimp in a roll with mayonnaise which is quite boring compared to your suggestion. Shrimp burgers are on the menu this week, thanks for sharing Abbe :D


Thursday 24th of May 2018

They sound like a great substitute and perfect for summer, Abbe!

Mr. Trendspotter

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Nothing says summer like the smell of sizzling shrimp burgers! My mouth will not stop watering for this classic... Brings back childhood memories of growing up on the Gulf! Can't wait to blacken these patties and chomp em down with hush puppies.

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Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Bring on the grilling season! Love all of the aromatics and flavors in this delicious burger.

Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert

Monday 21st of May 2018

Wow these look delicious! So juicy and loaded with flavor. I all about burgers these days so this is a must try! Thanks Abbe :)