Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce

Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce

6 burgers
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, bacon, burger, carrots, cilantro, habanero, lime, mayonnaise, pati’s mexican table, Shrimp, tartar sauce
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce recipe from Pati’s Mexican Table Season 8, Episode 10 “Surfside Eats"


  • 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.

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  1. 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

  2. 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,

  3. 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. 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!

  4. 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. 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 😉

  5. 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.

  6. 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!