Crab Cake Burgers

Dinner, Holiday, Lunch • 24 May 2012

Crab Cake Burger

If you like crab cakes like I do, this is a good alternative to the traditional Memorial Day menu.  This crab cake is easy to make, you may try replacing some of the ingredients with low fat, low calorie alternatives to make it a bit healthier…then again, if its something your making occasionally for a holiday, then a little indulgence won’t hurt.

Detailed cooking instruction with photos


  • Burgers:
  • 1 lb lump crabmeat, picked over and drained if necessary
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, preferably organic, lightly whisked
  • 3 Tbsp 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil mayonnaise (I like the Spectrum brand)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp country Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • Tartar Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil mayonnaise (I like the Spectrum brand)
  • ½ cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium Kosher dill pickle spear, finely diced
  • 2 tsp pickle juice
  • 2 Tbsp finely diced red onion
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For Serving:
  • lightly toasted whole wheat burger buns
  • lettuce
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • fresh lemon wedges


Make tartar sauce: combine mayonnaise and Greek yogurt in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill until ready to serve.
In a large bowl, mix together the crabmeat, lemon juice, breadcrumbs, egg, yogurt, mayonnaise, scallions, mustard, and salt & pepper to taste. Mixture will be a bit wet.
Gently shape into 4 patties; place on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Heat grill to medium-high heat, and brush with canola oil. (If your grill has wide grates, you may want to cook the crab cakes in a skillet on the grill). Cook the crab cake patties until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side.
Serve on toasted burger buns with tartar sauce, lettuce, red onion, and fresh lemon wedges.

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