These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn't masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches. This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Mix crab, egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl. Form into 6 patties.

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  • Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the butter stops foaming. Cook the patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

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Note: Panko breadcrumbs, also known as Japanese breadcrumbs or bread flakes, are coarser in texture than other dried breadcrumbs. They produce a crispy crust and are less likely to become soggy than finely ground breadcrumbs. Look for panko in the Asian food section of large supermarkets and in specialty Asian markets.

Nutrition Facts

174.6 calories; protein 19.3g 39% DV; carbohydrates 7g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.3g 1% DV; sugars 0.8g; fat 7.4g 11% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 94.4mg 32% DV; vitamin a iu 230.3IU 5% DV; vitamin c 4.4mg 7% DV; folate 38.2mcg 10% DV; calcium 59.9mg 6% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 47.7mg 17% DV; potassium 338.2mg 10% DV; sodium 433.7mg 17% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV.

Reviews (30)

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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
08/05/2014
Just OK I love faux crab meat but these crab cakes were just ok. I subbed Greek yogurt for mayo but that was my only alteration to the recipe. In my opinion there was little flavor except the mustard which seemed way too strong. I really wanted to like these but I tossed the recipe. Pros: Light Cons: Didn't stay together too mustard-y Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2013
Tasty Crunchy and Satifying I was skeptical of this one-hundred something burger substitute and I couldn't have been any more wrong. These delicious crabby-patties made for a filling delicious dinner (and lunch and dinner again). The crunchy exterior and sweet meat crabby interior make for a wonderful combination. I served on 100 calorie whole wheat sandwich rounds! Pros: Delicious Easy to make Can find all ingredients in local market. Cons: You'll be tempted to overeat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2013
delicious This is one of my favorite recipes. As suggested by other users I used greek yogurt instead of mayo. I like food with a bit of a kick so I used more dijon and hot sauce (unsure of measurements). I also put a layer of panko on the outside of the patty prior to cooking to hold the patty together and get it crispy. I also didn't have chives so I minced up a bit of onion and threw it in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2013
Really good! I only made the crab cakes (not the burger part) but they were some of the best I've ever had. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2012
Great as is! Or with modifications. I like this in plain crab cake form with no bun. We make a little sauce to go with. Last time I made them I actually also dipped the crab cake in panko prior to sauteing. It was amazing. A go-to for us for an indulgent weekday dinner. Tonight i will be making mini versions of these for a party! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2012
Yum! These were sooo good. I followed another reviewer's advice to let the mixture set in the fridge for 30 minutes before making the patties. Yes they are fragile so be gentle. Leave them alone except when it's time to flip. This is not a stir fry! Mine were a bit thicker so I did 5-6 minutes each side. I placed them over a bed of greens with strawberry balsamic dressing and corn and black bean salad. Made for a great presentation. Next time I might lessen or take out the celery seed and maybe try Worcestershire sauce or Old Bay. Pros: Light easy to make inexpensive! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/29/2012
Use fresh bread crumbs! Use FRESH bread crumbs not dried. Add some Worchestershire sauce. Skip garlic and onion powders. Add either dry or wet mustard. After shaping patties let them sit in the frig. for a half hour or so to bind. Then you'll have something resembling a Maryland crab cake. Pros: basic ingredients are ok with some exceptions Cons: YOU MUST CLEAN the crab first. Remove small cartilege bits. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2012
tasty moist enjoyable. I add a few more ingredients such as dry mustard paprika low fat greek yoguart instead of mayo. I didn't put Dijon mustard chives in it. Pros: stayed together tender good favors. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2012
Delicious but fell apart Even using canned crab these turned out delicious. They did fall apart but that did not affect the flavor. My husband wants these again soon! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
My elderly mom who is grew up in the Mid-Atlantic on Maryland crab cakes rated this as "very good". This is a real compliment as she can be a harsh critic of crab cakes!!:) I agree.. They ARE very good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
If I make them again I would put half the amount of celery seed the recipe calls for. The celery threw it off for me. It was too over powering. If you don't like celery don't put as much or you will not like the crab cakes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made these for my hubby who LOVES crab cakes. Only changes I made were to dice up a small amount of celery and onion instead of the celery seed and chives (didn't have on hand). Turned out de-lish! Also used back fin crab meat and that was really good. Served with a spinach saute and had a fantastic dinner! Highly recommend and will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved these crab cake burgers. The only thing I did different was used green onions instead of chives. I also made them into mini crab cake burgers. None of the seasonings were over powering of the crab flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Well recipe looks good - I would also substitute green onions for chives - I do not have dijon mustard celery seeds in the house; as a habit. Never will on the celery seeds. They ruin a good bloody mary. Celery sticks fresh are the thing for me! I also do not stock mayo in any form - not to say I wouldnt for a recipe..But not as a must have. I do not see the necessity of onion powder when youu have something as flavorful as green onions. We havent the luxury of an Asian supermarket where I live - I would substitute either crushed Special K cornflakes or salt/vingegar chips for the panko. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We really liked these crab cakes - very easy to assemble and quick to cook. The texture & flavor were great. Like the other reviewers I used green onion instead of chives. I served the crab cakes on toasted whole wheat sandwich thin buns. Excellent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were ridiclously tasty! I substituted green onions fo rth echives and left out the celery seed. My boyfriend loved them!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These crab cakes are absolutely fantastic. This receipe is a keeper!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My daughter made these with half lump crab and half claw meat and they were delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My daughter used half a pound of lump crab and half a pound of claw meat and they were delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these and they were fantastic and extremely easy to make. No doubt that I'll be making these again soon! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were quick and easy to make but a bit bland. My husband and I each tried to come up with what it needed - maybe minced jalapeno Worcestershire lemon juice garlic red pepper flakes Old Bay... I will definitely make these again though and experiment with adding some additional flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I thought these crab cake burgers were awesome. I left out the celery seed and onion powder because I didn't have them on hand. Instead I just used some green onion to add flavor. I thought the flavors were excellent but this recipe could definitely be tweaked to your liking. I also used the really thin whole grain sandwich/hamburger buns which turned out perfect. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
SOUNDS GREAT. CAN T WAIT TO TRY IT ALTHOUGH I WOULD OMIT THE HOT ADD-INS..... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
a simple substitution to add a little more zest to these would be 2-3 TB of Old Bay or 1 TB of creole (not Cajun) seasoning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These are unbelievably good I definetly recommend the extra creole seasoning and served them with chipotle mayo. I also served the sprouts with sliced peaches a splash of lemon juice and raspberry vinegerette. Yum HUGE HIT!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These turned out wonderful! I served them on Multi-Grain Ciabatta rolls with Mayo and Onions. Served alongside Roasted Sweet Potatoes they were a final taste of summer. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Tasted great! Substituted no fat greek yogurt for mayo to lower fat content. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish! Due to not having it on hand I left out: Chives Lemon juice Celery Seed Onion Powder. I substituted Tuna for Crab meat and left out the Egg. I don't have a weight scale so I had used two cans of Tuna verses 1lb of Crab meat so I wasn't sure whether the egg was necessary or not. Rather than shredded Parm I used a pre-shredded blend and only used a little bit. Instead of Dijon (which we didn't have) I used Chinese Hot Mustard about a teaspoon or so which added a nice but not overpowering kick. To cook I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil since that is what we had on hand (and normally use). The only thing I actually just plum forgot about was the Pepper haha. But over all with the adjustments I had to make it is delicious (eating as I type this!). To make it even better I'm eating it on 100% Whole Wheat bread. =) Next time I'll try to make sure I have all the ingredients and try it the correct way haha -- minus the crab. I'll be sticking to tuna for this I think. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Wouldnt stay together I have made hundreds of recipes from eating well and have had some great ones and a few flops but I have never had one that even after following the directions to the letter it didn't turn out the way it was suppose too that is until now. The cakes fell apart and wouldn't cook all the way through without burning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Excellent I used imitation crab meat and regular bread crumb and although it did fall apart more it was delicious and also great in a hot dog bun like a lobster roll. Read More