The Unorthodox Epicure — Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

After recently watching a YouTube sensation do a video review of his own concoction of fast food products, my wife and I were talking about burger possibilities. Sure, I prefer mine with plenty of mustard and pickles — assembled properly — but our conversation took us well out of the box.

Considering that hamburgers are among the most popular dishes in America, it’s tough to come up with an original idea. I mean, we’ve seen them made from donuts, topped with kimchi and layered with candied bacon and stacked to the ceiling. There’s no such thing as regular mayo these days. Nope. People mix it with sriracha or some funky spice and call it aioli.

My wife came up with the following burger recipe. It contains no holier-than-thou ingredients, yet the concept is timeless in fine dining circles.  Feel free to use pre-made ingredients, opposed to making your own fried shrimp or cocktail sauce. Also, a standard cole slaw mix works just fine with the Caesar dressing.

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Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw — A four-star three-bite nosh.

Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw — A four-star three-bite nosh.


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Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw
Recipe type: Appetizer/Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • ¼ cup – Ketchup
  • 1 tsp – Prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp – Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lb – Ground sirloin or brisket
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 – Extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup – Panko crumbs
  • 1 – Egg, beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 cups – Napa cabbage, chopped
  • ¼ cup – Caesar salad dressing
  • 8– Slider buns (dinner roll-sized)
Make the sauce
  1. Combine ketchup, horseradish and Old Bay in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour to allow melding of flavors.
Make the burgers
  1. Divide meat into 8 round portions. Flatten as much as possible (meat will shrink during cooking). Season liberally with salt and pepper. Place on medium-high grill or griddle and cook until done, about 3 minutes per side. Place burgers on plate and cover with foil while you prepare shrimp.
Make the shrimp
  1. Heat 2-3 inches of oil to 375F. Butterfly the shrimp completely and remove tail. Dip shrimp in egg, then coat with panko crumbs. Fry a few at a time until golden, about 30-45 seconds. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Make the slaw
  1. Toss chopped cabbage with salad dressing.
Assemble the sliders
  1. Spread bottom bun with sauce.
  2. Top with beef patty.
  3. Add two butterflied fried shrimp
  4. Top with slaw.
  5. Serve immediately.


  1. That’s a 3 bite burger? Maybe if I could unhinge my jaw I could do it. Looks like a great combination, especially with the cole slaw on there. Your wife certainly knows how to pack a burger bun. I don’t think I would ever go for one on a donut though.

    Do you have any Met Bar and Grill restaurants down your way? They’re very creative with burgers and also a mile high. Much as I’ve tried, I’ve never been able to eat them without a knife and fork though.

    • adamjholland says:

      I’m guilty, Diane. Guilty of using my own bites to size up this little gem. 😉 No Mets down Texas way (that I know of). Mile-high burgers can be fun though. Hopefully y’all are getting the chance to actually grill up a few burgers of your own now that old man winter has finally moved on for a few months. Yes?

  2. Oh we do have the grill going almost every night. It’s great not having pans to clean up, that’s for sure! You know even on some of the worst days during last winter we did some grilling. When you need a steak or burger it’s got to be done on the grill.

    • adamjholland says:

      I saw some photos of your 2014-15 winter and it was hardly grill-worthy. Good for y’all for getting a few flame-cooked dinners in there. Either way, you made it to mosquito season. 🙂

  3. Oh, not quite … We’re still in black fly season. They LOVE my husband!

  4. OMG you have done it again! I am in heaven! This is so pinned on pinterest right now! Pinned!

  5. Another pin! I have a sliders board that has quite a few followers. They’ll go crazy over this one.

  6. Picture didn’t show up for me, but that sounds like my kind of slider. Yum!!

    • adamjholland says:

      Not sure why it’s not showing up, but it’s good to see you and I appreciate your kind words. Hope all is well with you.

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