Crab Cake Burgers

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound crabmeat
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs* (Panko crumbs recommended, see Note)
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

Directions

Mix crab, egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl. Form into 6 patties. Heat oil and butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter stops foaming. Cook patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Serves 6.
*Note: Panko breadcrumbs, also known as Japanese breadcrumbs or bread flakes, are coarser in texture than other dried breadcrumbs. They produce a crispy crust and are less likely to become soggy than finely ground breadcrumbs. Look for panko in the Asian food section of large supermarkets and in specialty Asian markets.
These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn?t masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches. This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.

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