Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? I discovered Spongebob when I was in middle school many years ago. It caught my attention from the very first episode, and I was an avid fan for a while. If you don’t know already, Spongebob works at the Krusty Krab where he makes Krabby Patties as a fry cook. A Krabby Patty looks like this. Every time they did a close up shot, my adolescent mind wanted to sink my teeth into one. Now I wonder if I was the only one that was hankering for a made-up burger…
I saw a recipe for a California roll burger, and my first thought was, this is what a Krabby Patty would taste like! Perhaps minus the beef, because where would they get it from? And maybe minus the crab sticks, because wouldn’t that be cannibalism? A Sweeny Todd scenario perhaps? Let’s stop questioning a fictional burger that has no definite flavor and substance, and get down to the nitty-gritty.
It starts with a beautiful set of hamburger buns.* Followed by a spread of Sriracha mayo, and a stack of the standard lettuce and tomato. The beef has just a dash of fish sauce for the umami factor and is topped with a light crab stick salad. It is then followed by a few slices of avocado tossed in lime juice and topped with masago (smelt roe) and nori (dried seaweed).
It’s bursting with flavor and is definitely a king of burgers, worthy of being flipped by Spat (Spongebob’s spatula).
The Krabby Patty (California Roll Burger)
Makes 8 large burgers
2 lbs. ground beef
1 tsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. Sriracha
3 tbsp. mayo
½ lb. crab sticks
2-4 tbsp. mayo
2 avocados, sliced
1 lime, juiced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
butter lettuce, washed
masago (smelt roe)
nori (dried seaweed)
8 large burger buns
- Mix 1 tbsp. Sriracha and 3 tbsp. mayo in a small bowl to make Sriracha mayo.
- Shred crab sticks and mix in 2-4 tbsp. of mayo to make the crab salad.
- Mix ground beef, fish sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form into 8 large patties.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook patties about 3 minutes per side or to desired doneness.
- While the patties are cooking, slice avocados and toss in lime juice.
- When the burgers are ready, layer the components in the following order: Sriracha mayo, lettuce, tomato, beef patty, crab salad, avocado, masago, and nori.
*I made mine from scratch, but you are welcome to use store bought. These buns deserve a post of their own, and will be featured in the future.
** Recipe adapted from use real butter.