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Cajun Shrimp Burger (Inspired by Hilton Head Island!)

This flavor-packed Cajun Shrimp Burger is inspired by Red Fish on Hilton Head Island. It’s tender, tasty and so easy to make – the perfect addition to a barbecue or summer meal. Everyone will want seconds of these healthy shrimp burgers!

Cajun Shrimp Burgers on a blue plate.

Good morning friends!

I have an incredible foodie find for you today… my Cajun Shrimp Burger recipe!

Cajun Shrimp Burger on a blue plate.

The inspiration behind the shrimp burger…

But first I want to share a little of the inspiration behind the meal…

You guys know how much I love to travel.  Exploring new places is one of the great joys of my life and I often pick travel over new things.  I’ve put several new pins on my world map this year: Antigua, Brazil, Argentina, and Hope Town Bahamas.

And while I’ve enjoyed so much about each of the trips, some of my best memories involve food.

Eating fresh-caught fish sitting on the sand in Antigua.

Indulging in homemade acai and granola sitting on Copacabana Beach in Rio… followed by enjoying the most delicious shrimp plate you’ve ever seen in Paraty.

Munching on veggie stuffed empanadas standing in front of the iconic Iguazu Falls.

Savoring conch chowder and Caribbean lobster watching the sun fall into the sea on a tiny, quiet island in the Bahamas.

TripAdvisor Travel Food Choices

It’s safe to say I like to eat my way through a country.

One of the reasons I get such great food on trips is I do research and planning ahead of time!  You know my Type A personality is not rolling into a new city without a plan and some reservations!  I always explore my options before a trip on TripAdvisor.  With more than 250 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the world, I know I can find and plan to eat at the best places in town.  I can even make reservations directly from TripAdvisor’s site!

I often look for and trust TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award-winning restaurants for my picks.  The awards are given to the absolute best restaurants in any city and I’ve learned to trust the symbol.  This year’s choices have just been released.

So…. back to that Cajun Shrimp Burger recipe…

Cajun Shrimp Burger on a blue plate.

This tender, sweet shrimp burger is actually inspired by one of my favorite places to vacation.  I love exploring exotic, new places, but I also find comfort in visiting old favorites like Hilton Head Island.

 Hilton Head Beach

The wide expansive beaches are gorgeous and I try to get there at least once a summer, even if it’s just for a weekend.  Because it is familiar already, it’s an excuse to actually use my beach chair and relax.

Hilton Head

One-stop I always make is Redfish restaurant.  They are actually a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.  I found out about them many years ago with a simple TripAdvisor search.

They are famous for their Cajun Lobster and Shrimp Burger.  It jumps off the plate and into my mouth, amazing. You might remember this picture from earlier this summer…

Redfish Shrimp and Lobster Burger

So in honor of finding such amazing restaurants on TripAdvisor, I set out to create my own version of this healthy shrimp burger!

Cajun Shrimp Burger on a blue plate.

Why you’ll love my Cajun Shrimp Burger recipe…

  • To make it easier and more economical, I decided to make my version with just shrimp (instead of including lobster).
  • They are flavored with old bay seasoning, lemon, and smoked paprika.
  • These burgers are so simple. They are held together with minced shrimp and they use very little binder.
  • The serving sauce is a healthified cajun greek yogurt sauce. It is to die for.

Cajun Shrimp Burgers on a skillet.

Cajun Shrimp Burger Ingredients

  • Raw shrimp: Use raw shrimp for the burgers.
  • Panko: Panko makes the shrimp go farther so you are able to make burgers.
  • Lemon: Adds a little extra flavor.
  • Minced garlic: Garlic helps to keep things interesting.
  • Shallot: Shallots have a natural richness that enhances the burgers.
  • Red bell pepper: Adds a sweet flavor and nice texture.
  • Old bay seasoning: A unique blend of spices that perfectly compliments seafood dishes, like these shrimp burgers.
  • Paprika: Adds nice color and flavor.
  • Fresh parsley: Helps brighten and balance the flavor.
  • Salt and pepper: Brings out the flavors in the food.
  • Egg: Acts as a binding agent to keep the burgers from falling apart.

How do you make Cajun Shrimp Burgers?

  1. For the burgers, pulse half the shrimp in a food chopper or processor. Cut the other half of the shrimp in half or thirds.

  2. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

  3. Form four burger patties with clean hands.

  4. Add the olive oil to a non-stick skillet. Over medium heat cook the shrimp burgers.

  5. Serve with buns, greens, sliced tomato, sliced purple pepper, and a dollop of Greek yogurt Cajun sauce.

Cajun greek yogurt sauce for cajun shrimp burgers.

The finished product has me dreaming of beaches, sunsets, and endless vacation food.

Cajun Shrimp Burger on a blue plate.

I encourage you to share your meals when you travel with the hashtag, #TraveltoTaste!  

Want more shrimp burgers? Try my Shrimp Burgers with Mango Avocado Salsa!


Serve these sides with your shrimp burger!


If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating ★ below. Make sure to follow me on InstagramPinterest, and Facebook too!


Cajun Shrimp Burger on a blue plate.

Cajun Shrimp Burger

This flavor-packed Cajun Shrimp Burger is inspired by Red Fish on Hilton Head Island. It's tender, tasty and so easy to make - the perfect addition to a barbecue or summer meal. Everyone will want seconds of these burgers!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course Dinner, Pescatarian
Cuisine American
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 271 kcal



  • 1 pound raw shrimp, small or medium, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Greek Yogurt Cajun Sauce

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, less if you don't like spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Mix together all the ingredients for the sauce. Put it in fridge and allow the flavors to blend. This can be made ahead of time.
  • For the burgers, put half the shrimp in a food chopper or processor. Blend until pulvized. Cut the other half of the shrimp in half or third, depending on whether you have the small or medium ones.
  • Put all the ingredients for the shrimp burgers, except for the olive oil, in a bowl and mix well.
  • Form four burger patties with clean hands.
  • Add the olive oil to a non-stick skillet. Over medium heat cook the shrimp burgers 3-5 minutes each side, just until they firm up and turn pink. Do not overcook!
  • Serve with the buns, greens, sliced tomato, sliced purple pepper and dollop of the Greek yogurt Cajun sauce.


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 32gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 329mgSodium: 1539mgPotassium: 299mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1118IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 261mgIron: 4mg
Keyword burger, cajun, shrimp
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By | 2020-09-13T13:47:00-04:00 May 23rd, 2020|Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Food, Grilling, Lunch, Pescatarian Meals|59 Comments


  1. […] really loved their version of a Shrimp Burger.  If you’ve never tried one before HERE is my […]

  2. […] Red Fish is another place with the best Hilton Head eats.  It’s also tucked away near a shopping center and not on the water but is so good.  You must try the Cajun Lobster and Shrimp Burger.  It’s epic.  I love it so much I made my own recipe with just shrimp here. […]

  3. […] non-traditional but it worked for us.  I think in the next few weekends we are going to make my Shrimp Burgers for a late summer […]

  4. Leslie May 27, 2020 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This recipe is SUCH a great idea! I never would have thought to put together a recipe lie this! Even better when you’ve created a recipe to take you back to your favorite foods!

  5. Ruth Malick May 27, 2020 at 11:41 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I made these last night and they were a hit with my husband and I. I didn’t put them on a roll but served them on the plate like a crab cake…only better! I put some fresh veggies on the side-carrots, celery cucumber and cherry tomatoes which were also good in the dip. Thanks for this awesome idea!

    • JulieWunder May 27, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Ruth! Yay- I’m so glad you liked them! They are a family favorite of ours too. Thanks for coming back and leaving a review.

  6. Deborah Brooks May 26, 2020 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I am sure that my boys would love this idea. A great way to mix up the BBQ meals this summer

  7. Farrah May 22, 2020 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I haven’t had a burger in a good while, so I’ve been craving em’! This looks really good!

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  10. […] If you are newer to the blog, many moons ago I did recreate a healthy version of this burger (just with shrimp) and put the recipe on the blog. […]

  11. Chef Devaux November 30, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This shrimp burger is heavenly. What a great idea. And the flavours are so delicious.

    • JulieWunder December 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chef! It’s a good one! I know you’ll like it!

  12. Toughcookiemommy October 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    These shrimp burgers look so good. I love shrimp and burgers so this is a match made in heaven for me.

    • JulieWunder October 18, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Thanks! These are one of my favorite things I’ve made lately! I hope you give them a shot!

  13. Annmarie October 17, 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

    YUMMY! I bet these taste as tropical as they look!!! Thanks so much for linking up 🙂

  14. Onica (MommyFactor) October 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    This looks like a taaty recipe. Id have to try it with something else since I cant have shrimp.

    • JulieWunder October 18, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Aw bummer! The flavors in the greek yogurt sauce would work great with anything!

  15. Beverley @ sweaty&fit October 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    these look so good! I love the take on shrimp burgers, over salmon and tuna (mainly because i think shrimp is DA BEST). and yes i alwaysss research restaurants before i go and decide ahead of time what im going to get (and then end up waiting for everyone else to decide which is a pain hahah)

    • JulieWunder October 18, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

      haha! I totally know what you mean! Sometimes I pretend to look again– but I already know 🙂 My hubby sits down and asked what we are getting… because he is often sweet enough to let me pick my two favorites and share 🙂
      You’ll love these shrimp burgers!

  16. Jess @hellotofit October 16, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Oh, this looks FANTASTIC! I’ve never had shrimp burgers, but love any kind of seafood patty 🙂 thanks for linkin up!

  17. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes October 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I love shrimp burgers. I make them a lot in the summer! That yogurt sauce looks like a great addition. Definitely pinning!

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      The sauce really amps them up! I’m a big fan! Might make them again this weekend.

  18. Annemarie LeBlanc October 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    This is going to be a hit in our home! I’ve heard of portobello mushroom burgers before, but this is the first time I’ve come across a shrimp burger. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Mykidsguide October 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    The shrimp burger looks so tasty! I love shrimp burgers, but I’ve never tried making it on my own. I am saving your recipe for later.

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Thanks! It’s really pretty easy– just a few extra steps. I hope you enjoy!

  20. Liz Mays October 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Oh I’m loving this idea. They seem to have the perfect amount of spice. I know my daughter would be pretty pumped to try them out.

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

      yes– they have a little kick- but are not hot! Great to see you today!

  21. Jeanine October 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Yum. I’m not a seafood fan, but this? Looks AMAZING. My husband would be super thrilled if I made these!

  22. Dani @ Dani California Cooks October 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Shrimp burgers! What an awesome idea! And I love eating my way through a country too. I really think that the best way to learn about the culture, history and “feel” for a place is through its cuisine!

  23. [email protected] October 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    This sounds so tasty. I never made a shrimp burger. However, there is alot of ingredients in It. I bet that sauce is a great compliment to the burger. Yum!

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

      It is a few ingredients– but it is worth it– I promise!!! The sauce is amazing and it’s all stuff I had in my pantry… so I imagine you’d have a lot of it too.

  24. Carole from Carole's Chatter October 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Julie, this is a great burger. I hope you’ll add it to the Food on Friday collection over at Carole’s Chatter

  25. [email protected] October 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I am so jealous of all your traveling adventures this year! We haven’t done too much since Matilda was born and I miss it! These shrimp burgers look delicious!

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

      You’ll be back at it one day! And then you get to see Disney though the eyes of a kid 🙂

  26. Runaway Bridal Planner October 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    These look pretty good. I hate to admit it, I am not a seafood lover.
    But I will say, the picture of the beach has me wishing I could take a vacation to the sand and waves right now:)

  27. Susanna October 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Oh my! These look so very scrumptious. I even think my husband would eat them. Stunning photos by the way!

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Thank you!!! I worked hard on them, so I appreciate that!

  28. Mary Jean Henson October 15, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Love Redfish! We try to dine there whenever we are at Hilton Head.
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. It sounds yummy!

  29. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen October 15, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I have never heard of a shrimp burger before. Hubby loves shrimp, I bet he’d be interested in this!

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Totally! It’s a little out of the box– but tastes amazing!

  30. Susie @ SuzLyfe October 15, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    How about you just make a nice little arc and pick me up on your way to the Bahamas again?

  31. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) October 15, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

    What a treat for seafood lovers. I bet anyone who likes shrimp would love those.

  32. Libby Haire October 15, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Good morning.
    I will admit that I have never eaten a Shrimp burger. I have had salmon ones though.
    This looks good. I hope to be able to try it out soon.
    Happy Thursday!
    -Libby Haire.

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

      You should try it!!! It’s a couple of extra steps… but soooo tasty!!!!!

  33. Blane Sherer October 15, 2015 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I know I have made this comment before but one of the things that I think
    is neat about eating meals that you had when you were on a trip
    is that it really reminds you of the trip. I would think that if anyone could
    appreciate that it would be you ( smile ).

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Thanks Blane! I always enjoy recreating the fun!

  34. Dan October 15, 2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Good morning Julie 🙂 that shrimp burger looks great , I’ll have 3 of those , please. 🙂 btw , if you’re ever out toward Robinsville , NC , you should check out ‘Lynn’s Place’ , a restaurant on main street. go hungry , ’cause you’ll want to just eat and eat , it’s really good homecooking..

    • JulieWunder October 16, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

      Haha! They are pretty awesome! The hubs has already asked me to make them again 🙂 If I’m in Robinsville, I’ll look that up- yummy!

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