Learn how to make the best homemade Thai Prawn Burger recipe!
Thai Prawn Curry Burgers are one of our family’s favourite recipes to cook at home when craving a tasty vacation to Thailand.
Also known simply as a Curry Burger, Seafood Burger or Thai Burger in our house, this quick & easy Prawn Burger recipe is ready to serve in under an hour.
You’ll love cooking our flavourful Prawn Burger recipe featuring creamy ginger lime mayo, cilantro and red curry paste prawn patties, peppery rocket lettuce, red onion slices and soft brioche bun.
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Types of Thai Curry Paste
In Thailand, curry refers both to dishes in Thai cuisine that are made with various types of curry paste and to the pastes themselves. A Thai curry dish is made from curry paste, coconut milk, meat, seafood, vegetables and herbs.
Popular Thai curries include Green, Red, Yellow, Penang and Masaman. Most Thai curries are categorized by the colour of the curry paste. The colour of the chilies and other ingredients gives each curry its distinct hue. Traditionally, all Thai curries were made with the same ingredients except for one thing: the chilies. Usually green curry is the mildest, red is the hottest and yellow falls somewhere in between.
Masaman Curry uniquely influenced Thai cooking thanks to visiting Persian traders. Masaman is a broken translation for Muslim. It originated in the south of Thailand near the border of Malaysia and is a thick sauce with a mild, slightly sweet flavour. Massaman curry dishes distinguish themselves by the inclusion of several whole spices and peanuts.
Penang Curry is sweeter than its sister, spicy Thai Red Curry. It is named for the island of Penang off the west coast of Malaysia and is served sometimes topped with coconut cream.
Most Thai curry paste recipes are made with spicy chilies, garlic, ginger, galangal, lemongrass, shallot, fish sauce, shrimp paste, cane sugar, lime, spices and coconut milk.
We’ve used a Red Thai Curry Paste in our Prawn Burger recipe but you could substitute for Green or Yellow Curry if that’s what you prefer.
Travel to Thailand by Cooking Prawn Curry Burgers at Home
After my contract ended in Seoul I travelled throughout southeast Asia for 6 months, visiting India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Macau and the Maldives.
On my first visit I spent over a month backpacking through Thailand. I’ve revisited Thailand two times since as a food and travel journalist and always love to discover new regional dishes. Over the years I’ve explored Thai destinations such as Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, Chiang Khong, Chang Mai, Sukothai and Bangkok.
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Where To Eat A Thai Red Curry Prawn Burger
Haven’t traveled to Thailand before? It may be helpful to first sample a Seafood Curry Burger at a local Thai restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You can also assess the variety of ingredients used and sample the correct texture of the minced prawn pattie before trying to make the dish at home from scratch.
I spent months researching the best Thai restaurants in Toronto, visiting popular restaurants that serve authentic Thai dishes such as Sabai Sabai, Sukothai, Khao San Road, Pai, Kiin, Bangkok Garden, Mengrai Thai and Favorites Thai BBQ. If you’re looking to feast on a yummy Prawn Burger in Toronto try visiting one of these award-winning restaurants for inspiration.
My Family Loves A Thai Curry Burger
While we love traditional beef burgers, this easy Prawn Burger recipe offers a taste of Southeast Asia thanks to flavourful scallions, cilantro, lime leaf, red curry paste, lime and ginger.
When developing this recipe I was inspired by my favourite Barbecued Thai Red Prawn Curry. I took traditional ingredients in a Thai Red Prawn Curry and transformed them into a delicious burger you can eat at a summer barbecue or cottage potluck.
NOTE: we do not suggest cooking these burgers on a barbecue grill as the prawn seafood patties are very delicate and will break apart when cooking. It is best to cook these prawn burger patties in a non-stick skillet over your stove.
Thai Prawn Burger Health Benefits
Our homemade Prawn Burger recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Olive Oil is ranked as one of the healthiest fats and is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. It contains vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.
Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of leeks can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Ginger contains at least 14 phytochemicals, many of which have impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a good source of copper, which supports your bones, blood and nervous system.
A good source of bone-strengthening vitamin K, cilantro is also rich in antioxidants that help protect the eyes from damage by free radicals.
Rocket and other lettuces are one of the most widely consumed vegetables worldwide, but its nutritional value has been underestimated. Lettuce is low in calories, fat and sodium. It is a good source of fibre, iron, folate, and vitamin C. Lettuce is also a good source of various other health-beneficial bioactive compounds.
A rich source of phytochemicals and vitamin C, limes help boost your immune system and neutralize free radicals that cause disease and skin aging. Lemons also protect against heart disease and help improve blood flow to the brain.
Seafood is a high-protein food that is low in calories, total fat, and saturated fat. High in vitamins and minerals, seafood has been shown to have numerous health benefits including decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, obesity, and hypertension.
Prawn Burger Tips
This yummy Thai burger is quick and easy to make at home. We’ve included a few tips for first time burger makers!
- Our Curry Burger recipe suggests using raw prawns. We mince the raw seafood, combine with fresh herbs and red curry paste and then fry on the stove in a skillet. Feel free to substitute prawns with shrimp.
- We’ve used a Red Thai Curry Paste in our Prawn Burger recipe but you could substitute for Green or Yellow Curry.
- We love making these prawn burgers with raw prawns or shrimp but you could also finely mince your favourite white fish to make Thai Curry Fish Burgers.
- We’ve used store bought Thai Red Curry Paste but you could also make Homemade Red Curry Paste.
- We’ve used peppery rocket / arugula but you could substitute for boston lettuce, head lettuce or romaine.
- We’ve used sliced red onions in this recipe but you could also use sweet vidalia onions or crispy fried shallots.
- We like using slightly sweet brioche buns when making these burger but you could also use regular hamburger buns.
What To Serve with Prawn Burgers
We love serving this homemade Prawn Burger recipe with a fresh salad or fries.
If you’re hosting a large dinner party or Thai-inspired potluck you might want to serve our Curry Burger with other dishes from Thailand like Thai Pork Rib Soup with Vermicelli, Egg Tofu Soup with Pork Meatballs, Grabong Northern Thai Pumpkin Fritters, Gai Pad Med Mamuang Thai Cashew Chicken, Gaeng Masaman Beef Curry, Nam Tok Authentic Thai “Waterfall Beef” Salad, Gaeng Keow Wan Thai Green Curry Chicken, Thai Pork & Beef Mince Curry Khua Kling, Chiang Mai Noodles “Khao Soi”, Pad Kra Pao Thai Basil Stir-Fry and Thai Beef and Pumpkin Curry.
After dinner why not dazzle your guests with one of our popular desserts such as Oat Flour Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Lindt Lindor Cookies, Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes Recipe or Cinnamon Babka For Chocolate Lovers.
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How To Make The Best Thai Prawn Burger Recipe
Thai Red Curry Prawn Burger
- French knife
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Non-stick skillet
- 2 Scallions finely sliced
- 1 cup Cilantro chopped
- 2 tsp Lime Leaf finely chopped
- 250 g Raw Prawns
- 1 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste
- Kosher Salt
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 7 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 Lime zest and juice
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Ginger minced
- 2 Brioche Buns
- 100 g Rocket
- 1/4 cup Red Onion sliced
- Place the scallions, cilantro and lime leaf on a cutting board. Add the raw prawns and roughly chop the prawns with the herb mix until you achieve a fine paste. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add Thai red chili paste and season with salt. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to combine then cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Divide the chilled mixture in two. Cover your hands in olive oil and shape into two burger patties.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the burgers and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- In a small bowl, mix the mayo with lime zest, juice and minced ginger.
- Remove the patties from the heat. Slice the buns in half and toast until golden brown.
- Cover the top side of the brioche bun with dollop of mayo. Place red onion slices on the bottom bun then top with prawn patty and sprinkle with a handful of rocket.
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