Shrimp Burgers

Thought I would bring this 2015 post to the front of my blog.  We have made this very simple recipe a few times a year. It is not too often Kent has any food requests.  He just eats whatever I put on the table.  He found this recipe a few years ago in a Cook’s Country magazine and he thought it sounded pretty tasty.  We dug it out of my recipe book yesterday for his birthday.  He really enjoyed this shrimp burger along with Eric and Rachel.  Seafood isn’t for me but they really enjoyed this simple and delicious meal!!

Start with the Tartar Sauce. That way you can put in fridge while making the shrimp burgers.

Tartar Sauce

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons finely chopped dill pickles
1 teaspoon dill pickle brine
1 Tablespoon capers, chopped fine
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Shrimp Burgers


1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/4 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp (24-30 per pound) tails removed
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 scallions, chopped fine (I used 2 Tablespoons chopped chives today. Worked just great!)
3 Tablespoon vegetable oil
4 hamburger buns
4 leaves Bibb Lettuce (I used green leaf)


1.  Pulse panko in food processor until finely ground, about 15 pulses; transfer to shallow dish.  Place one third of shrimp (1 cup), mayonnaise, pepper, salt, and cayenne in now empty processor and pulse until shrimp are finely chopped, about 8 pulses.  Add remaining shrimp (about 2 cups) to shrimp mixture in processor and pulse until coarsely chopped, about 4 pulses, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Transfer shrimp mixture to bowl and stir in scallions.007
2.  Divide shrimp mixture into four 3/4 inch thick patties (about 1/2 cup each).  Working with 1 patty at a time, dredge both sides of patties in panko, pressing lightly to adhere, and transfer to plate. (if you dampen your hands with water you can form the burgers much easier.  Not so sticky.  Just saying’)
3.  Heat oil in 12 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. 010 Place patties in skillet and cook until golden brown on first side, 3-5 minutes.  Carefully flip and continue to cook until shrimp  registers 140-145 degrees and second side is golden brown, 3-5 minutes longer. (My time was 5 minutes each side. When I used the thermometer with that timing the burgers were 140, which was perfect!)

Transfer burgers to paper towel lined plate and let drain, about 30 seconds per side.  Spread tartar sauce (which is amazing!) on bun bottoms, then place burgers and lettuce on top.  Cover with bun tops.  Serve and Enjoy!!

Caribbean Jerk Sliders – Spicy!

I enjoy Caribbean Jerk Marinade with chicken breasts.  I saw this recipe in the September Food Network Magazine and thought it sounded tempting.  We had these simple and delicious sliders tonight.  They had a nice kick of heat.  That is never a problem for this household!

Caribbean Jerk Sliders
(compliments of Food Network Magazine)



1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef (I used 85/15)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cooking Spray
8 slices cheddar cheese (I used a small slice from a brick of cheese. I could have used more. I will next time. There will definitely be a next time.)
8 brioche slider buns (you can use any slider bun)
Melted butter (I used soft butter)
Jerk Ketchup (See below. Don’t put away your spices.  Make the Jerk Ketchup before you grill/fry the sliders.)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, allspice, cayenne, red pepper flakes, garlic and onion powder, oregano, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Gently mix until combined.
  2. Form the meat into twelve 2 ounce patties. (If you don’t have a scale that would be about 2 Tablespoons worth of ground beef)
  3. Preheat a grill pan over medium high heat. (If you don’t have a grill pan use a skillet. Cast iron skillet would work great.)  (Oh and you can spray the grill pan after preheating.  I forgot that step and it worked just fine.)
  4.  Grill the sliders until the internal temperature reads 150 degrees. I grilled 3 minutes each side and that was plenty. Place a slice of cheese on each patty once you flip them. The cheese will melt as you are grilling.
  5. Remove the patties to a plate and cover loosely with foil to rest.
  6. While the patties rest, brush the buns with melted butter and grill until lightly toasted, 1-2 minutes. (I did not use the grill.  I used a non stick frying pan that I preheated.  The grill was pretty greasy! I also buttered inside of each roll with softened butter)
  7. Assemble the sliders by putting a tablespoon size dollop of the ketchup on the top and bottom buns. (I did a little over a teaspoon on each bun. That was plenty! I am not a very good rule follower, am I??)
  8. Chow down. Simple and Delicious!!

Jerk Ketchup


1 cup ketchup
Juice of 1 lime (oops, I missed that! Was delish anyways!)
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

In a nonreactive medium bowl combine all the above until incorporated. Use immediately or transfer the ketchup to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy!!

Vidalia Onion Burger

When Kent and I went back to Syracuse in June we went to our favorite grocery store, Wegmans. As we were walking through the store Kent saw all the different burgers they had in the case.  One that caught his eye was the Vidalia Onion burgers.  When we got home I went online and of course found the recipe on Wegman’s website.  These are simple and delicious.  Here you go:

Vidalia Onion Burger

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1/2 sweet onion, peeled, 1/2 inch dice (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound 80/20 ground beef
2 teaspoons BBQ seasoning (I have a recipe below)
4 hamburger rolls

BBQ Seasoning
(I cut this recipe in half)

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1 Tablespoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional – I did not use)

Directions for BBQ Seasoning – Mix all together and store in covered container.

Directions for Vidalia Onion Burger

  1.  Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Combine onion, salt, pepper and oil.  Arrange in a single layer on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Cook 30 minutes on middle rack of oven, stirring every 10 minutes.  Remove from oven; let cool.
  2. Add ground beef, BBQ seasoning, and onion mixture in large bowl.  Mix well, form into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. You can grill.  I used my cast iron skillet.  4 minutes each side.IMG_1127
  4. Serve on rolls.  You can use whatever condiment you like. We used Dinosaur BBQ sauce.

My BBQ seasoning story; When I first made these burgers I did not have any BBQ seasoning. I ended up searching online and using the above recipe.  When I went to Penzey’s for my frequent spice shopping I bought the BBQ 3001 Seasoning.  I used that in the mix the second time I made the burgers.  Kent liked the burgers but noticed the addition of a different spice. I made them for a third time with the leftover spice I previously made and he liked them much better.  The difference in the spice is the BBQ 3001 has a smoked seasoning in it.  If you like smoky flavor and you are making the above recipe add Smoked Paprika.  That’s my 2 cents.


Bison Sliders – Simple and Delicious

Another Super Bowl Sunday recipe.  Not sure if these are what they serve in Denver but I thought this recipe sounded very tasty.  Everyone enjoyed the burgers and the sauce that went with them.  Here you go;

Bison Sliders

Pic to follow!


1 pound ground bison (I found at Costco – my favorite store!)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon thyme (if using fresh you could use 1 teaspoon)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper



1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon ketchup
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 small pickle, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika


  1.  In a bowl mix the ground bison, garlic, onion, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper together.  Form into small patties, about 3 inches round.  I made them small for sliders.  (If you want normal sized patties you should get 4 nice sized patties.)
  2. Heat up a cast iron pan (or whatever frying pan you have) until it is hot.  Add burgers and cook 2-3 minutes each side.  (That is for the slider size.)
  3. Prior to making the burgers make the sauce.  Mix all the sauce ingredients together.  Place in refrigerator before serving.
  4. Serve “slider” burgers on Hawaiian rolls or make these.

I also baked some rustic rolls that I have to add to my blog.  These rolls are a huge hit in our home and never last through the night.  I will post that recipe soon.

Everyone enjoyed the sliders. You have to give these a try.   No bison?  Use ground beef or whatever ground meat you like.  They will taste delicious and the sauce is a great condiment.  ENJOY!

Santa Fe Burgers – Simple and Delicious

I have been making these burgers forever!  I made them this evening along with fried Hoffman Hot Dogs (or German Brand Franks), Hinerwadels Salt Potatoes (a Syracuse treasure) and home made brownies.  Had some watermelon and oranges for fruit.  That was the healthy part of this meal. 😉 I wanted to make something easy for dinner because I had a very long week in Syracuse. Kent and I drove 14 hours back to Green Bay yesterday.  Today I wanted to have a simple and delicious meal.  Here is the recipe for those awesome burgers!

Santa Fe Burgers

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1 pound ground beef
1 cup Mexican blend grated cheese
1/4 cup salsa of choice
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips (I used unsalted blue corn chips)
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1.  In medium bowl, combine ground beef, cheese, salsa, crushed tortilla  chips, scallions and spices.August 054
2.  Mix together lightly but thoroughly.  Shape into 4 patties, 1/2 inch thick.
3.  Grill or fry in heavy frying pan. (I fried in frying pan. I sprayed pan with cooking spray.)August 055
4.  Grill/fry 5 minutes each side.
5.  Grill or lightly toast hamburger buns in frying pan or broiler.  Place burgers on buns, top with cheese and salsa and serve.  These burgers are super simple and very delicious!!

Caribbean Jerk Burgers

I love spicy heat and so does everyone else in our family (Well, almost everyone!).  Eric had mentioned in recent conversations he would like a Caribbean hot sauce.  When I saw this recipe in my Food Network magazine, I thought this would be the perfect start to his request. Since the Martin’s were recently in New Orleans and brought back some spice I knew they had some Cajun Seasoning.  I pit stopped over there to grab this spice.   These burgers definitely had heat but were quite delicious.  Here goes!

Caribbean Jerk Burgers

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Jerk Sauce

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons – I used 2 larger ones)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup jarred jerk saucemay 001 (got this at Woodman’s)
2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning (Borrowed from Martin2.  I swear he has no taste buds.  This stuff was HOT!)
1-2 Tablespoons of crushed red pepper (I used 1 Tablespoon.  The Cajun Seasoning brought the heat to this sauce!)
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced

For the Veggies

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 carrots, cut into 3 inch sticks
1 medium zucchini, cut into 3 inch sticks
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 3 inch stripsmay 011
Kosher salt

For the burgers
Canola oil for the grill (it was raining, I used my cast iron skillet.  Wish this Summer would get here!)
2 pounds ground beef
kosher and freshly ground pepper
4 hamburger buns


1.  Make the jerk sauce; Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, jarred jerk sauce, Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes in a bowl until combined.  Add red bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic, cover and refrigerate. (It is recommended to refrigerate over night.  I found this recipe at 11 in the morning.  It was in my fridge for a couple of hours and was perfectly fine.)
2.  Make the veggies;  Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil.  Add the carrots, zucchini and bell pepper, season with salt and saute, tossing occasionally, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup of the prepared jerk sauce and cook until the veggies are glazed, 1-2 minutes.  may 014Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
3.  Make burgers;  I think you know how to make a hamburger.  However, I added a 1/4 cup of the sauce to the hamburger mix. We had a double whammy of spice.  You do not need to add the sauce to your burgers.  We like spice so it worked for us.  (I am weird and weigh the burgers before I form them.  I like to have a 6 ounce burger. Seems the right size for a typical bun!)
4.  Grill or fry burgers.  As I mentioned I used my cast iron skillet.  4-5 minutes each side.  While burgers are cooking, toast the buns. (I lightly buttered and toasted one side in a non stick skillet.)
5.  Serve the burgers on the buns, topped with the sauteed veggies.

You will have extra sauce left over.  You could use as a marinade for chicken or for other veggie mixes.  Mine is almost gone.  I ended up making more burgers.  Next time I make this I will have some Cajun Seasoning from Penzeys, my favorite spice store!




Asian Flavored Burgers – Simple and Delicious!

I am tired of hamburgers with salt and pepper as seasoning.  I have been making different combos for hamburgers.  I needed a quick meal tonight as I had some baking I needed to get done!  Here is what I threw together.  By the way, I love sriracha sauce!

Asian Flavored Burgers

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1 # ground beef (next time I am going to try ground pork)
1 scallion, chopped fine
1 small garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ginger (I did not have fresh so I used powder.  Fresh is better!)
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon red curry paste
2 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce
1 /3 cup crushed blue corn chips (or whatever tortilla chips you may have on hand)
1 medium chipotle pepper, chopped (remove seeds for less heat)

Mix all together.  You could barbecue (I would if we had one.  Need to buy another and NOW!) or put 1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or whatever you have) in a skillet.  Fry on each side for 4 minutes.  Serve with or without a bun.  No bun for me. April 9 2014 002I used a combo of mayo and sriracha sauce as a topping.

1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons sriracha sauce

Mix together and serve on any sandwich you would like!

Kent and I enjoyed these flavorful burgers.  I think you will too!!


Well, we decided to try something different this Friday.  I ended up making sliders with a chipotle sauce and duner kebaps.  Duner Kebaps are a bulgarian gyro.  You have seasoned meat (chicken, lamb, beef) on pita bread.  I made the pita bread and that was very easy to do.

I had to check out exactly what a slider was.  I knew it was a burger but why a slider?  Well, it is a very, very small burger on a dinner roll (that is what we ended up using).   I made chipotle mayo spread for the sliders.  A very easy Friday in my kitchen.

For the sliders I just had hamburger seasoned with 2 cloves of minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Can’t get any simpler then that.  Then I took some of the hamburger and flattened as much as I could with my hands.  I then cut them into 3×3 inch squares.     I know they look very fatty but very tasty!  The Chipotle Mayo Spread was too easy and enjoyed by all who tried it.

Chipotle Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
2 chipotle peppers
1 Tablespoon adobe sauce
1/2 lime
salt and pepper for taste

Mix all together and you have a delicious spread for your burgers.  I ended up making 1/2 of this recipe.  That was plenty for us.  It was delicious and I am sure you will enjoy it!

Southwestern Burger

Kent and I find these burgers very tasty.  I enjoy being able to come home, make a meal and get it on the table in an hour or less.  Give it a try!

Southwestern Burger Ingredients

1 pound ground beef (or turkey or whatever ground meat you like)
1/2 cup Mexican blend grated cheese (you could also top your burger with some of this cheese too)
1/4 cup salsa (use the salsa for a condiment on your burger)
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 thinly sliced green onion
1 thinly sliced chipotle pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt

1. In medium bowl combine ground beef with all ingredients.  Mix together lightly but thoroughly.
2. Shape into 4 patties.
3. Grill or fry in skillet until done to your liking.  
4. When done place on toasted (or not) roll and top with salsa, sprinkle with cheese and chow down!

Simple and Delicious!