Habanero Shrimp Burger


Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce

Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce

Recipe Yield

6 burgers

Cooking time

35 minutes

Rate this recipe

4 from 6 votes


  • 1 habanero chile seeded and finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and upper part of stems
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped carrot
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt plus more to sprinkle on burgers
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds medium-sized shrimp rinsed, peeled and patted dry, divided
  • Vegetable oil to brush on the burgers
  • 6 brioche or burger buns lightly toasted before serving
  • 6 butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 batch Habanero Tartar Sauce
  • 12 slices of bacon cooked until crisp
  • 1 ripe avocado halved, pitted, thinly sliced

To Prepare

  • In the bowl of a food processor, add the habanero, lime juice, cilantro, mayonnaise, carrot, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and a quarter pound of the shrimp. Pulse until completely smooth. Add the remaining shrimp and pulse a couple times, until you have a coarse ground meat mixture.
  • Cover a small sheet pan or tray with wax paper. Put some lukewarm water in a bowl and use it to wet your hands as you shape the mixture onto 6 burger patties. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan on medium heat. Generously brush the shrimp burger patties with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on the grill or grill pan and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until browned on both sides and the color inside has changed to a darker pink.
  • Lightly toast the buns in the oven or on a heated skillet. On the bottom half, place a lettuce leaf, some habanero tarter sauce, a shrimp burger, a couple slices of bacon, a couple slices of avocado, more tartar sauce to taste, and top with the top bun. Repeat with the rest of the burgers.


53comments inHabanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce

  1. April Manzanares

    Aug 26

    I have never been a huge fan of shrimp (other than maybe in a good Mexican ceviche now and again) but your recipe and how you made it looked so fabulous I had to try making this. And I’m so glad I did because I loved it!! Soy nieta de Zacatecas así que me sentí valiente y le agregué más habanero. I did too much, stick with Patti’s recipe … is fabulous!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Haha, you made me laugh April, so happy you gave this burger a chance 😉

  2. Charles Mack

    Aug 21

    Best Shrimp Burger recipe!☺️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Yay, so glad you liked it Charles 😉

  3. Connie Jensen

    Apr 05

    What’s the name of the pepper grinder that you used to grind your little peppers?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 12

      It is called a Chiltepin Grinder Connie, you can find one on my website here 🙂 https://patijinich.com/recommended-products/

  4. Rebecca Bertrand

    Sep 02

    BEST Shrimp Burger recipe EVER! Although we do substitute the habanero for pickled jalapeños and it works out perfect in both the burger and the tartar sauce. Absolutely love the tartar sauce! Anyways we make these for family get together‘s because everyone loves them so much. Everyone calls them the shrimp on shrimp on Shrimp Burgers. Lol
    Oh and instead of doing the avocado on them I make my avocado, jalapeño, tomatillo salsa to spread on the bun with the Tartar sauce.
    Wish I could post the picture of my Beautiful burger for you 😊

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      This sounds yummy Rebecca, thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂

  5. Gina

    May 26

    O.M.G!!!! This recipe is so great! I made it for my fiancé and I quote, he wanted to ask me to marry him again. Love your show and recipes. Thank you for sharing and making us mediocre cooks look goooooood haha!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 10

      Aw Gina! I guess he is a keeper, haha! Un abrazo and big congratulations to both of you 😉

  6. Victor DiTola

    Jan 27

    It looks delicious can’t wait to make it

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 08

      I hope you will like it Victor, gracias!

  7. Mmeagan

    Dec 23

    So yummy. I have 5 kids ranging from 1-9 and they all loved this. I did leave the habaneros out of the youngest ones burgers but it was so good!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 26

      Yay! Love it when the littles like my recipes 🙂

  8. lowandslow

    Jul 17

    These were very good,we used wild Key West 20-30 Florida Pink Shrimp and the texture was great. Will be making again,this time we will not forget the avocado and the applewood smoked jalapeno bacon.SMH. Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 25

      So happy to read you guys enjoyed the burger, thank you!

  9. G

    Jul 10

    Great burger watched show on TV ,forgot what u put on fries 🤔

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 21

      Hi G! I put Chiltepin Chile and Cotija Cheese in these fries, here is the full recipe for you, enjoy! http://patijinich.com/french-fries-with-chiltepin-salt-and-cotija/

  10. Jake Taylor

    Feb 23

    My wife and I saw this on your show on the Create channel. Had to try it! It was so good!!! Our leftover cooked burger patties were heated up on the stovetop and they were just as good! Easily 5 stars.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Yay! So glad you guys loved them, thanks Jake.

  11. Linda H.

    Jan 30

    I made this last night and what a hit it was! Left overs tonight, and even better. Removed seeds and ribs from habaneros and the spice was just right! LOVED the addition of the bacon and avocado…..plus the tartar sauce took it to a whole different level! I have sent this recipe to oh, so many relatives and friends. Love you and love your show, one of the reasons I made this was it looked soooo good when your son (Juju?) bit into it!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Thanks so much for your feedback Linda, so glad you enjoyed this burger as much as my boys did 😉

  12. dave H.

    Jan 29

    I used olive oil spray on my hands instead of warm water. Adds a nice taste to the patty and lessons the need for much oil on the griddle. Great recipe for SuperBowl watching with small family group!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Awesome tip Dave, thanks for sharing!

  13. Patricia Figueroa

    Nov 08

    I Made this but could not find Habenero peppers so instead I used pickled Jalepenos from “La Morena” and this burger was still a show stopper!!! the home made tarter sauce was so yummy… cant wait to make more and more new dishes

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 11

      Great idea Patricia, so glad you liked the recipe using Jalapenos, those are favorites of mine as well 😉

  14. Walter - NYC

    Nov 01

    I have just discovered you and your show.
    What a treat!!!
    Love you and your show!!!
    Quick question…
    When you were making the fries, where did you get your small ‘chili’ grinder?

    Keep making me hungry,

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      Thanks so much Walter, glad you found me 🙂 I bought that grinder in a Open Market in Mexico, but it has become very popular and now you can find them on Amazon, here is a link for you: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=chiltepin+grinder&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

  15. Corliss Read

    Oct 27

    Great recipe. Habanero is too hot for me. I use jalapeno chilies.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 27

      Perfect Corliss, you have to use what you like best, enjoy!

  16. Nancy

    Sep 07

    Can the patties be frozen once put together for a quick and easy meal later?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 17

      Of course Nancy, enjoy!

  17. Melissa

    Aug 05

    I would be okay with habanero peppers but my family has a much milder palette than me. What would be an alternative to the habanero that would compliment the shrimp?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 05

      Hi Melissa, you can mellow the spiciness in this recipe by adding less habanero and making sure all stems and seeds are removed. If it is still to hot for you, I suggest to add a bit of chipotle in adobo or jalapeno. Good luck!

  18. Anna Calvillo

    Aug 01

    Love your recipe’s I use them regularly, I love
    your Pazole, (red) , I have made it so many times
    My family loves it. I also cook my turkey with the bannana
    Leaves, and we all love it. So many of your recipies
    I really love them, I’m going to cook your Chilorio
    Cant wait to try it. Have lots of your cook book.
    My husband lives your recipies. I’m from Ireland
    and I love them, I have to lower the spice sometimes
    To hot, it I have figured this out. Love watching your
    trips to Mexico . Thanks Anna Calvillo

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 05

      Thanks so much Anna for your message and your kind words, so glad you are trying my recipes and that your family is enjoying them. Greetings all the way to Ireland 😉

  19. Mark Wilkenshoff

    May 16

    What was the name of the small chili pepper that Pati ground in the small wooden mill?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 16

      Those are dried Chiltepin Chiles Mark 😉

  20. Xochitl

    Apr 25

    Hola Pati,

    Love these shrimp burgers with the tartar and so did my husband.

    Thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Thanks to you Xochitl, glad you enjoyed them 😉

  21. Marla Drake

    Apr 25

    Can these be frozen? Cooked or uncooked

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Yes Marla, you can go ahead and freeze the burgers; I would do it before cooking them 😉

  22. Javier carano

    Apr 04

    Deliciosas shrimp burger

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 06

      Thank you! Glad you enjoy them 😉

  23. Grmrgrl

    Mar 13

    Is the video from the PBS show for the Habanero Shrimp Burger on You Tube? I have tried to locate it but cannot find it. I remember in the show that you may have used a pickled Habanero for the burger and sauce. Pls advise where I can find the video from your show for the Habanero Shrimp Burger. It looked delicious. Thank you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 18

      Do you have Amazon Prime? You can find it in Episode 10 of Season 8. And here is the recipe for the Habanero Tartar Sauce. Enjoy! http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/habanero-tartar-sauce/

    2. Kitty

      Jun 18

      It is on season 8 episode 10. At the end on Pati’s Mexican table on prime

  24. AZ Runaway.

    Feb 03

    I made these tonight after watching your show this past weekend. They are delicious!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 04

      Thanks for giving the burgers a try AZ!

  25. Paul Johnson

    Jan 11

    Wow they are amazing. My wife loves them so much. Thank you for this great recipe!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 12

      Thank YOU for giving them a try, Paul.

  26. J. Sears

    Nov 04

    Had to bake talapia this time, but broiled it in oven with your special tartar sauce to cut a few carbohydrates. The bacon and avacados really made this a fantastic meal. Gracias!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 11

      So glad you enjoyed it, J., and made it your own.

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