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
1 –2 t fish sauce or to taste (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.