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Thai-style Prawn Burgers

Oh my God! I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to make a prawn burger! Why had I not put my love for burgers and prawns together to come up with this awesome combination sooner? Given that prawns cook really quickly, this is the ultimate fast food too! Not spending long hours in the kitchen is an added incentive for making these burgers. I’ve tried to keep the clutter minimal too – not having a dedicated cook to help me with everyday cooking makes me keep a tab on the number of dishes I use up. Plus, I’ve added the classic combination of Thai flavours; a balance of spicy, salty, sour and sweet to make these the best prawn burgers!

I’ve been a tad bit obsessed with arugula (rocket ) lately, so of course, I’ve used it as the green in these burgers. There’s just such a punch of flavours packed into the prawn burger patty, that I’ve kept everything else simple. A few dashes of Sriracha or Tabasco sauce, mixed with mayo is the only dressing. It’s funny how my tolerance for spicy food has shot up tremendously, but if you don’t like spicy food as much as I do, simply reduce the amount of chilli flakes in the recipe.

Full disclosure before I dive into (sometimes, even I tire of my ‘punny’ ways) the recipe – the prawns were sent to me by The Seafood Meat Co. and FBAI. In an ideal world, I would have plenty of time to make my way to the fish market haggle to buy prawns, have them cleaned and de-veined (or do that myself, depending on where I buy from) and then freeze them. But more often than not, I head to the frozen seafood section at supermarkets to buy seafood. With The Seafood Meat Co. , there is the added advantage of ordering directly from their website at a home delivery charge of Rs.25 if the order is under Rs.1000. It’s easy to stock up this way. What I’ve used for the burgers are medium-sized prawns that weighed about 500 gms before being cleaned and were about 320 gms after the shells were removed – this is totally normal. I liked that the delivery reached me in good condition, the bag was frozen and vacuum sealed. Convenient, hygienic and great quality- all rolled into one. I only had to wash and pat dry the prawns before using them. Whew! The theme of today’s post is definitely to do with saving time, don’t you think? Time to get cooking! Leave a comment when you make this, I love hearing from you!

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Thai- Style Burgers Made with Prawns
What makes a burger 'Thai-Style'? Well it's the use of herbs and spices that are the mainstay of Thai food! These Thai Style burgers are made with prawns, but you could use shrimps too. Shrimp and Prawn Burgers are a great alternative to Meat Burgers. Yay for seafood!
Course main course
Cuisine american
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the burger patty
  • 300 gms (roughly) (deveined & de-shelled prawns)
  • ½ cup coriander leaves (stem removed & chopped)
  • 2 spring onions stalks , chopped
  • 4 to 5 Basil large leaves, chopped
  • ½ Tbs ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 lemon Zest of medium-sized
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 Tbs breadcrumbs
  • ½ Tbs mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp honey
  • Oil for frying
Assembling the burger
  • 3 Tbs mayonnaise
  • Sriracha Tabasco hot sauce Few splashes of , or any other
  • Handful arugula rocket or leaves
  • 3 burger buns
Course main course
Cuisine american
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the burger patty
  • 300 gms (roughly) (deveined & de-shelled prawns)
  • ½ cup coriander leaves (stem removed & chopped)
  • 2 spring onions stalks , chopped
  • 4 to 5 Basil large leaves, chopped
  • ½ Tbs ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 lemon Zest of medium-sized
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 Tbs breadcrumbs
  • ½ Tbs mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp honey
  • Oil for frying
Assembling the burger
  • 3 Tbs mayonnaise
  • Sriracha Tabasco hot sauce Few splashes of , or any other
  • Handful arugula rocket or leaves
  • 3 burger buns
Instructions
  1. Attach the chopping blade to the bowl of the food processor. Place the prawns, coriander, spring onions,basil, ginger, garlic, lemon zest, chilli flakes & salt in the food processor and ‘pulse’ four times. Each pulse should be for about 2 seconds each.
  2. Transfer the entire mixture into a medium-sized bowl and add the breadcrumbs, mayonnaise & honey & use the spatula to fold the ingredients together until just combined. Don’t overmix. Divide the mixture into 3 and shape each part into a patty. Transfer the patties to a plate and refrigerate for 30 mins.
  3. After 30 mins, heat some oil in a large skillet & heat on medium heat. Place each patty in the pan & fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until it turns golden brown. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil.
  4. Whisk together the mayonnaise for the dressing & hot sauce of choice. Taste to adjust flavours. Slice the burger buns in half and spread this dressing on each half. Place the arugula on the bottom half of bun on which the dressing has been spread. Top it with prawn patty and place the top half of burger bun on it. Serve immediately.
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2 Comments on “Thai-style Prawn Burgers

Jola Jańczy
October 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

Looks delicious *_* What would be the most proper to use instead of prawns to gain same texture ?

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Jason
May 26, 2018 at 4:34 am

i added some fish sauce. Delicious burgers. Very light and amazing flavour!

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