This Asian-inspired burger is seasoned with fresh ginger, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and peanut sauce. Serve in a pita with peanut-flavored slaw mix.

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Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a food processor, blend 1/3 of the shrimp into a paste. Add remaining shrimp; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, 1/4 cup cilantro, 2 green onions, 1/4 cup peanut sauce, bread crumbs and salt; combine with a fork. Divide into 4 portions. Pat with fingertips to flatten to about 4 inches wide. Refrigerate.

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  • Whisk remaining peanut sauce with lime juice and oil. Mix slaw with remaining onion and cilantro; toss with dressing. Refrigerate.

  • For charcoal grill: Build a hot fire on one side of grill. Replace rack. When coals are covered with white ash, add burgers. Cover and cook, turning only once, until opaque throughout, about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side.

  • Grill pitas until spotty brown and warm, a minute or so per side. Split crosswise. Place a burger on each of 4 pita halves. Top with slaw, then remaining pita halves.

For gas grill

About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill with all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean rack, then use tongs to wipe a rag soaked in vegetable oil over it. Close lid and let reheat. Add burgers; cook, covered, until opaque, about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side.

Copyright 2005 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

479 calories; protein 43g 86% DV; carbohydrates 33.1g 11% DV; fat 19.4g 30% DV; cholesterol 261.6mg 87% DV; sodium 827.5mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2007
I can't say enough about how fantastic these are! Brilliant! I used my Kitchenaid meat grinder to grind all of the shrimp which made it very painless. I used a bit more cilantro than called for and added a little light mayonnaise to the slaw rather than oil to make it "creamier". I served it with fresh pita bread from a recipe on this site - so easy. I was worried about the burger falling apart so I added some extra breadcrumbs but it actually stayed together really well and the whole concoction just tasted so fresh and wonderful. We re-heated two of them to eat the next day and it tasted just as good as the day before. I can't wait to make these again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2005
Flavors were great but the burgers didn't hold together at all so for a wrap filler it's OK. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2007
I can't say enough about how fantastic these are! Brilliant! I used my Kitchenaid meat grinder to grind all of the shrimp which made it very painless. I used a bit more cilantro than called for and added a little light mayonnaise to the slaw rather than oil to make it "creamier". I served it with fresh pita bread from a recipe on this site - so easy. I was worried about the burger falling apart so I added some extra breadcrumbs but it actually stayed together really well and the whole concoction just tasted so fresh and wonderful. We re-heated two of them to eat the next day and it tasted just as good as the day before. I can't wait to make these again! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2005
I have made these 3 times in the last 2 weeks!! I think they are fabulous and so did everyone I served. Mine held together perfectly and have a wonderful "burger" texture and a wonderful subtle flavor. I added a bit more jalapeno for more "bite". I also made a thai satay sause to serve with the burgers. I served cous-cous made with canned lite coconut juice and pine nuts as well as the slaw. Pickles onions etc. I shall keep this reciped FOREVER. May I suggest also trying Salmon Burgers. FANTASTIC!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2007
This was very good. Made small patties like you would for falafel and cooked it on my GF type grill. I did not have problems with it falling apart. I used seasoned bread crumbs and added some asian chili garlic sauce. Did not split the pitas but used the pocket. Added a peanut dressing to the slaw and tossed in a few peanuts as well. The shrimp paste is a bit sticky but this was easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2009
Great and simple recipe. I just threw everything in the processor and had them ready in about a minute. They are delicate so I cooked them on the stovetop rather than the grill. They work without the bread as well - served like a crabcake. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2005
Flavors were great but the burgers didn't hold together at all so for a wrap filler it's OK. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2010
these are AMAZING. 1) I used my kitchenaid food grinder for all of the shrimp and it worked beautifully 2) I didn't use as much cilantro because... i really hate cilantro. 3) I used half a jalapeno because the peanut sauce I use is so spicy. 4) I also served them inside the pita with the slaw stuffed in with them. 5) I cooked them in a frying pan on the stove. If you do this be careful! They burn really easily. I learned that if you cook them on medium heat it takes a little longer but they won't burn so quickly. All in all excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2010
Wow are these good! I rarely make repeats but I've been making these almost weekly since I found the recipe. There is a lot of chopping and prep work which I try to do in advance; however the burgers are easy to make and they taste so clean fresh and healthy! I haven't fired up the grill for them but have been baking them in my toaster oven instead. I've also morphed these into meatballs and served them over shredded sauteed cabbage and called it Asian Spaghetti. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2008
What a hit. Everyone loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2007
I made this recipe and it was fantastic. When I was preparing it my boyfriend thought it looked unappetizing and was going to make something else. He was glad I made him try it. I used broccoli slaw and it turned out great. If it is packed well it stays together well. Read More
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