Crab Burger with Spicy Mango Slaw

If you’ve never had a crab burger before, you are seriously missing out. Let’s back up a bit, I’m a sucker for crab cakes already. I will eat any form of crab cake – the only thing I ask is that there’s more crab than cake. I despise a super “bread-y” crab cake. They are the worst. However, I don’t mind my crab cake in between some bread. That is just pure heaven.


I remember the first time I ate a crab burger. I was in Louisiana with my aunt riding around, I’m pretty sure we were running errands or something. I’m not too sure. We became hungry so we stopped at a nearby Sonic, I never really cared for Sonic, but when I saw they had a crab burger on the menu. OMG! I had to try it. Everyone of you (who’s not from Louisiana) will be reading this like..

“What?! Sonic has a crab burger?!” Only in certain regions of the U.S., and only certain Sonic franchises of course.


I was mind blown. I took one bite into that glorious sandwich and went straight to the heavens. It was extremely good, the crab cake contained the right balance of crab and it was spicy. YES!! To spicy!  The buns were nicely toasted, and there was perfect amount of tarter sauce; and the lettuce tomato did no wrong either. I was so pleased, I remember eating that sandwich like it was yesterday.

It was only right for me to start making my own Crab Burgers, after all its not like the Sonics in Texas will offer them. Therefore, if you haven’t tried a crab burger…here’s your chance.

crab cake patties

Crab Burger w/ Mango Slaw

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: medium
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For Crab Cake Patties

  • 2-4 Brioche Buns or Regular Burger Buns, slighted toasted
  • Tarter Sauce, optional
  • 12oz Crab Meat
  • 1/2 C Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 C Onions, diced
  • 1/4 C Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • salt & pepper, to taste

For Mango Slaw

  • 1 Mango, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 C Red Cabbage, shredded
  • 1-2 Serrano Peppers, sliced
  • 2 tsp Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • pinch of salt & pepper


To toast buns: Heat oven on broil. Lightly coat inside on buns with butter. (you can also use spray butter). Place in oven directly on the rack, with the buttered side facing up. Toast for about 1 min, trust me it won’t take long. Be sure not to burn them. Remove from oven and set Aside.

Bring oven temp to 375ºF, and generously coat a medium baking pan with non-stick spray.

For Slaw: combine mangos, cabbage, peppers, mayo, lime juice, and sugar. Toss. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until crab patties are ready.

For Patties: In a medium bowl, combine onions, peppers, garlic, yogurt, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper. Next, gently stir in crab and bread crumbs. Mixture should start to stick together.

Then, split the mixture in half to form 2 monster crab patties or split the mixture in fourths to form 4 crab cake patties.

Once your crab cake patties are formed, place them in the prepared baking dish. Bake in oven for 20-25 mins. (if making larger crab cake patties allow to cook an additional 5-10 mins.)

Spread buns with tarter sauce, and pile on the crab patties and mango slaw. Serve Immediately.



Stay Feisty!


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