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Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi

Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post


These plump, flavor-packed burgers show off one of shrimp’s lesser-known assets: When ground, it becomes sticky and easily forms into a patty shape without any egg or bread crumbs, as needed for other fish cakes.

Seasoned with aromatic ginger, scallion, kimchi (any variety will work), and a generous handful of fresh cilantro, the shrimp burgers deliver a big flavor punch with few ingredients.

Serve them on buns or lettuce leaves with slices of crisp cucumber, buttery avocado and a squirt of ketchup and/or hot sauce.


Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi


1 pound shelled and deveined raw shrimp, divided
One (3/4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 scallions, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup kimchi, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
4 burger buns, toasted (optional)
Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving (optional)
Avocado slices, for serving (optional)
Thinly sliced cucumber, for serving (optional)
Ketchup, for serving (optional)
Sriracha, for serving (optional)

Place about half the shrimp, the ginger and the scallions in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the ginger and scallion are finely chopped and the shrimp has become a smooth paste. (You will need to scrape the bowl down with a spatula a few times to get everything evenly incorporated.) Add the remaining shrimp, the cilantro and kimchi and pulse a few times so the shrimp is chopped but still quite chunky. Wet your hands and shape the mixture into four patties, rewetting your hands as necessary; refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush both sides of each patty with oil and cook until a deep brown crust has formed outside the burger and the inside is cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.

Serve in burger buns or lettuce wraps with sliced avocado, cucumber, ketchup and/or Sriracha, if desired.

Makes 4 Servings

Per serving: Calories 171; Total Fat 5g; (Sat Fat 0g); Protein 30g; Carb 2g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 213mg; Sodium 255mg; Total Sugar 0g

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