It’s National Shrimp Day 🦐🦐🦐 and if you’re a lover of shrimp, you’ve probably had it in a variety of ways from shrimp cocktail to sautéed, broiled, boiled, ‘scampi’ed, fried and stir-fried. The possibilities are endless…

But if you love shrimp AND burgers then *this* is the recipe for you! 😋 This is the absolute best shrimp burger I’ve ever made, topped with a creamy avocado dressing that is simple to make and perfect for any night of the week! I usually make up a batch so that I can freeze a few for when I’m in a pinch for a quick dinner. They go out of the freezer and into a pan with a little oil and are ready in under 10 minutes!

What also makes this the best is the avocado aioli – a creamy topping with a bit more heat, to make this the ultimate burger combo!

Shrimp Burgers

1 pound raw medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 egg
2 T. chopped cilantro
1 T. garlic, minced
1/2 cup panco bread crumbs (can use gluten free)
1/2 jalapeno, chopped and seeded
1 large shallot, minced
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/3 cup red pepper, chopped small
3 T. oil

1.Divide the shrimp in half. Coarsely chop one half and set aside. Put the remaining half in a food processor and grind to a coarse puree.
2.Add egg, shallot, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic to the processor. Process until smooth. Sprinkle mixture with breadcrumbs and process again.
3.Transfer contents of the food processor to a large bowl. Add coarsely chopped shrimp and red pepper. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Mix well. Form burgers and chill for 1 hour (covered).
4. Heat oil in a heavy skillet. When very hot, fry the shrimp burgers until golden, about 3 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Drain on paper towels.
5. Serve plain, in a lettuce wrap or on an amazing bun of your choice!

Avocado Aioli

1 avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled (save the pit!)
1/4 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne
2 T. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1.Scoop the avocado pulp into the bowl of a food processor. Add the sour cream, lime juice, garlic cloves, cayenne, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.
2.Check and adjust seasoning.
3.Place in a dish, add the pit (this helps prevent it from turning brown), cover, and chill for an hour.
4.Top shrimp burger and enjoy!

I would love to hear what you think about this burger combo! Let me know in the comments below.