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Crawfish Burgers

If you have never had Crawfish Burgers you don’t know what you’re missing. These New Orleans favorites are every bit as delicious as shrimp burgers. Make them slider size and serve them as an appetizer at a Mardi Gras party and they are sure to be a hit.

Crawfish Burgers on a plate with potato chips.


Served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and a creamy dill sauce they make a delicious seafood burger.

You will need a pound of frozen crawfish tail meat for these Crawfish Burgers. Unless you live in a rural area , you should be able to find crawfish at a well-stocked or high-end grocery or specialty store. My local butcher in Beaufort, SC carries them. If not you can order online. I typically thaw them overnight in the refrigerator the night before I use them.

Crushed saltine crackers, an egg, and a little mayo are used as a binder for this recipe. A little onion, celery, red bell pepper, garlic, Creole seasoning, Creole mustard, and Worcestershire sauce are used for flavor.

Burgers made with crawfish on a plate.


Tips for making Crawfish Burgers

The burger mixture needs to be refrigerated for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours so it is best to make the mixture a day in advance of eating them. If the mixture is well chilled, the patties won’t fall apart when you cook them.

The crawfish patties can be shaped and formed and frozen for later use. Wrap well in plastic wrap and defrost in the refrigerator overnight before cooking them.

It helps if you coarsely chop the crawfish, cutting each crawfish into roughly 2 to 3 pieces to help the patties hold together better.

This is my favorite Creole Seasoning.

Three Crawfish Burgers on a plate with chips.


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Crawfish Burgers on a plate with potato chips.

Crawfish Burgers

If you have never had Crawfish Burgers you don't know what you're missing. These New Orleans favorites are every bit as delicious as shrimp burgers. 
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 16 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
TOTAL: 31 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Creole mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 30 Saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 pound crawfish tails, coarsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 hamburger buns or slider buns
  • green lettuce leaves
  • tomato slices

Dill Sauce


  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Let mixture cool and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning, egg, Saltine crackers, and crawfish tails. Stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
  • Make dill sauce. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Shape mixture into 6 patties or 10 smaller ones if making sliders.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side or 3 to 4 minutes for slider-sized patties.
  • Repeat with another tablespoon of butter and oil and remaining patties.
  • Layer lettuce, tomato slices, and a crawfish patty on each bun. Spread top of bun with dill sauce.


Calories: 312kcal
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Cajun, Southern
Keyword: crawfish, Mardi Gras

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Recipe adapted from LouisianaCookin

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2 thoughts on “Crawfish Burgers”

  1. Lois Luckovich

    I know a prime spot for catching crawfish near here. I virtually lived on them in season when I was staying in an off-grid cabin there. I love them

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