The TurboGrill is the best technique for grilling shrimp.
I cannot believe it is #BurgerMonth again and this year my Shrimp Burger on the Blackstone Griddle is what I will be creating. #BurgerMonth showcases a variety of burgers from various culinary wizards and a giveaway orchestrated by GirlCarnovore and a variety of sponsors.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a traditional ground meat burger, and an occasional veggie burger too but this time I was thinking of making something a bit different.
Having just written the book The Flippin’ Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook: Tasty Recipes, Pro Tips and Bold Ideas for Outdoor Flat Top Grillin’, it was a no-brainer I would try and create this recipe on the Blackstone Griddle.
Lately, I have been making these amazing club sandwiches on the griddle with super simple ingredients that taste great together. I decided to build upon what I had been making using bacon, avocado, and fresh tomato. Instead of bread, I used some day old jasmine rice which I fashioned into a patty and cooked on the griddle to resemble a bun. Although the ingredients alone would have been delicious, I had some gorgeous gulf shrimp which I knew would play well with everything else.
SHRIMP BURGER ON THE BLACKSTONE GRIDDLE
1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
JASMINE RICE BUN
4 cups cooked Jasmine rice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
8 slices bacon
1 avocado sliced
1 Roma tomato sliced
Salt and Pepper
Make the buns using Jasmine rice previously cooked and cooled. Beat the egg and mayonnaise until smooth and fold in the rice until well combined. Line a large ramekin with plastic wrap and press in 1 cup of rice to mold. Carefully remove the rice bun and place on a plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining rice to make four buns. Place the rice buns in the freezer for one hour to harden.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the shrimp with minced garlic, oil, and paprika. Set aside in the refrigerator to briefly marinade.
Preheat the griddle to medium high heat and start cooking the bacon.
When the bacon is about halfway cooked, oil the open space on your griddle and place the mostly frozen rice buns on the griddle. You want the rice buns to get a crispy exterior and become warm throughout. The rice bun is vulnerable to falling apart so cook for about five minutes before carefully flipping. Cook the second side for three to five minutes or until the bun is warmed through and has a nice golden exterior. Set aside
Finish cooking the bacon until done and set aside. Using a spatula, spread any oils or bacon grease on the griddle into a thin layer and begin cooking the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for about five to seven minutes until they are no longer translucent and done.
To assemble the Shrimp Burger on the Blackstone Griddle dish place the jasmine rice bun on a plate. layer on the bacon, sliced avocado, and Roma tomato. Divide the shrimp and pile them on the top. Serve open-faced.