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Bacon-Stuffed Shrimp Burgers

Bacon-Stuffed Shrimp Burgers 6.000

Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post; styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Sep 16, 2020

Who doesn't love bacon-wrapped shrimp? Try this variation on that theme by putting crispy bacon inside a shrimp burger. The burgers taste best if stuffed just before pan-frying and eaten right away, so the bacon inside maintains a bit of crunch.

Serve with dill pickle spears and potato chips on the side.

Make Ahead: Before stuffing, the shrimp patties may be refrigerated, tightly covered, for up to 1 day.

Storage Notes: Leftover cooked shrimp patties can be refrigerated in a tightly covered container for up to 2 days.


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Tested size: 6 servings

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 6 tablespoons panko, plus more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional)
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced into six 4-inch-long pieces and lightly toasted
  • Mayonnaise, for serving
  • Sliced tomato, for serving
  • Lettuce, for serving


Pat the shrimp dry with paper towel. In a food processor, add the shrimp and pulse, scraping down the sides as needed, until just finely chopped but not pureed into a paste.

Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl and add the panko, horseradish, egg, scallions, hot sauce and salt, if using. Gently mix to combine; the mixture should easily form into patties. If it is too wet, add more panko, a scant tablespoon at a time.

Divide the shrimp mixture into 12 equal portions and shape into patties about 2-inches wide and 1/2-inch thick. Lay the patties on a large, rimmed baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap or a towel and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 day.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined platter. Roughly chop the bacon. Reserve the bacon drippings in the pan.

Just before cooking, remove the patties from the refrigerator. Divide the chopped bacon into six equal portions. Using your thumb, make a dent in the center of 6 of the patties. Place a portion of bacon in each dent. Top each with another patty and press the edges together to seal, checking each patty on all sides to be sure. Gently flatten each patty to about 3/4-inch thick.

Reheat the bacon drippings in the large skillet over medium heat, until shimmering. Gently add the patties, without crowding, and fry until golden and firm, 5 to 7 minutes, turning once after about 3 minutes.

Serve on lightly toasted French bread, with mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce.

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From recipes editor Ann Maloney

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 226

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 129mg 43%

Sodium: 870mg 36%

Total Carbohydrates: 30g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 18g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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