Panko Fried Oyster Bayou Burgers

Jan 22, 2019
What happens when you want to chow down on a classic southern po'boy and have your burger all that the same time? This. The Panko Fried Oyster Bayou Burger. A thick all-beef patty topped with crispy panko-fried oysters and a toasted bun slathered in my secret weapon - a custom aioli loaded with spice - was everything I dreamed it to be. ~ Kita Roberts, girlcarnivore.com.

INGREDIENTS:

For Zesty Mayo:
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise  
2-3 Tsp. Tony Chachere's No Salt Seasoning Blend
For Panko Fried Oysters:
Oil for Frying
8-12 Oysters (drained and gently patted dry)
1 1/2 Cup Panko
2 Tsp. Tony Chachere's No Salt Seasoning Blend
1 Cup Flour
3 Eggs
2 Tbsp. Buttermilk
For Burgers:
4 Lean Ground Beef Patties
4 Slices of Strong Cheese (Sharp Cheddar or Swiss will work)
Buns
1 Tbsp. Butter (melted and cooled)
Zesty Mayo 
Panko Fried Oysters
Lettuce
Tomato

DIRECTIONS:

For Zesty Mayo:
1: Whisk the mayo with Tony Chachere's No Salt Seasoning Blend in a resealable, air-tight container and set in fridge until ready to use. This can be made a day or two ahead of time. (Bonus, this is great with fries!)

For Panko Fried Oysters:
1: 
Arrange your workstation for ease of flow and minimal mess.
2: Mix the panko and Tony's Chachere's No Salt Seasoning Blend in a bowl. Add flour to a resealable bag. Whisk the eggs and buttermilk together in a bowl.
3: Take each oyster and toss them into the bag of flour, closing the bag and shaking to coat evenly.
4: One at a time, using tongs, remove the oysters from the flour, shaking off any excess as needed, and dredge in the egg wash.
5: Drain the oyster of any excess egg wash and place into the panko seasoning mix. Coat and flip. Gently press each side once an initial coat is on to make sure there is a good panko coating clinging to the oyster.
6: Arrange on a wire rack and place in fridge for 2 to 6 hours before frying.
7: When ready to fry, heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a large Dutch oven, making sure to leave at minimum 1 inch from the surface of the oil to the rim of the pot, to 350-375 degrees. Monitor the temp with a heat and cook-safe thermometer. 
8: With a slotted spoon, carefully place 3 to 4 oysters in the pot. Fry 2 to 3 minutes, flipping as needed, until golden and cooked through. With a slotted spoon, remove from oil, drain and let sit on wire rack to cool. 
9: Repeat with the remaining oysters, being careful to adjust the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature.

For the Burgers:
1: Clean and oil grill, as needed, and preheat to medium-high heat for offset cooking. Cook to desired temp. Check off heat for 130-135 for medium rare with an instant-read thermometer.
2: Move burgers to the top rack of the grill where it's cooler and arrange slices of cheese atop. Close the lid and let melt for 30 seconds to a minute.
3: Meanwhile, brush the melted butter over the buns and grill or toast to a light golden brown.
4: Add a dollop of Zesty Mayo to the bottom and top buns. Starting with the bottom bun, arrange layers starting with the lettuce, a cooked patty, arrange the tomato, two Panko Fried Oysters, and finally, top with the remaining bun half. Serve fresh, hot and with napkins!

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