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Grilled Seafood Burgers with Old Bay Mayonnaise

Grilled seafood burgers with old bay mayonnaise are made with tender cod and sweet shrimp that imparts a pure seafood flavor. At the same time, the old bay mayonnaise highlights the seafood taste even further.

The shrimp do double duty.  They act as a natural binder, eliminating the need for bread and egg.  This gives the burger a pure seafood essence. They also provide a firm texture to the patties.  Because of this, they hold together surprisingly well on the grill, making them a perfect and effortless summer seafood burger.

Grilled seafood sandwich with old bay seasoning on a hamburger bun with sliced dill pickles, radishes, and crisp lettuce. The burger is sitting on a round wooden plate with kraft paper underneath. The setting is on an old farmhouse wooden cutting board. There are also lemons in the background and a blue cloth napkin.

Transform these seafood burgers into mini sliders!  Make them for a cookout and wow your guests.  They make excellent finger food for Friday night game night.  Yes, I’m from Wisconsin, and I love a fish fry!  Yet finding new favorites, creating excitement, and offering people a little taste of cod and shrimp burger heaven might be worth mixing things up.

Grilled seafood sandwich with old bay seasoning on a hamburger bun with sliced dill pickles, radishes, and crisp lettuce. The burger is sitting on a round wooden plate with kraft paper underneath. The setting is on an old farmhouse wooden cutting board. There are also lemons in the background and a blue cloth napkin.

Grilled Seafood Burgers with Old Bay Mayonnaise

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4 burgers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
These grilled seafood burgers with old bay mayonnaise are made with tender cod and sweet shrimp that imparts a pure seafood flavor. The old bay mayonnaise highlights the seafood taste even further. They hold together surprisingly well on the grill and are perfect for an easy summer seafood burger.
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Ingredients
  

Seafood Burgers

  • 1 tablespoon canola or other neutral oil. Plus more for greasing the grates.
  • ½ pound large shrimp shelled & deveined - divided
  • 12 ounces cod fillet patted dry and cut into ⅓ inch cubes
  • ¼ cup scallions chopped. + two tablespoons for mayo
  • ½ tsp dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise

Assembly

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 Brioche burger buns or other soft burger buns
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • sliced dill pickles
  • sliced radish
  • Lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place 5 ounces of the shrimp In the food processor. Pulse shrimp a few times until finely chopped but not puréed. Roughly chop the remaining shrimp into ⅓ inch pieces.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and add the cod, 1/4 cup of the scallions, the dill, salt, and pepper. Mix until well blended.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for 4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Old Bay, and the remaining two tablespoons of scallions; mix well and refrigerate.
  • Heat a grill to medium and oil the grates.
  • Moisten your hands with water, then form the mixture into four ½-inch-thick patties. Coat the patties lightly with oil on both sides and place on a parchment liked baking sheet until ready to grill.
  • When the grill is cleaned, oiled, and heated, place the burgers on the grates and cook until lightly charred and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Do not overcook - a thermometer inserted in the center of the burger should read 145 °F. They will continue to cook as they rest.
    Please ensure the first side is firm before flipping, as you want the heat to bind the seafood.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest.

Assembly

  • Grill buns if desired. Place the bottom of the bun on a plate, add a layer of crispy lettuce, and top with a seafood burger. Squeeze lemon on the burger patty. Place a large dollop of the Old Bay mayonnaise on the burger, then layer on the pickles, radish slices, and other lettuce as desired. Cover with the bun top, and enjoy!

Kitchen Equipment

1 Food Processor

Notes

Shrimp: 
I use frozen shrimp 16 - 20 count:  16 shrimp peeled and deveined equates to approximately 10 ounces of cleaned shrimp.  I use the full 10 ounces.
Cooking:
a)  The resting period is crucial for the cohesive binding of the protein.
b)  Ensure your grill is cleaned and oiled, and you will have an impressive seafood burger.
c)  Slap their hands if anyone tries to flip them before the 4 minutes are up. : )  They will stay together beautifully if you give them the proper time to bind together.
d)  These burgers can be made in a skillet.  Use enough oil to keep them from sticking and create a nice sear on each side.
Course burger, hot sandwich
Cuisine American
Calories 457

Nutrition

Serving: 4burgersCalories: 457kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 28gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1340mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 246IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cod, garlic shrimp, homemade, old bay seasoning, recipe, seafood burger, seafood sandwich
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