Surf & Turf Burger

This burger will not only please your taste buds, but leave your stomach feeling overly satisfied.  The extracts of shrimp, sausage, pork, and creamy aioli are bound to spice up your day!


Shrimp & Sausage Patty

9 oz shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 oz Peasant’s Pantry orange and fennel sausage
1 tbsp egg white
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Spicy Aioli

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp sambal oelek
1 lemon, juiced

Pork Belly

16 oz skinless pork belly
1 oz garlic, pureed
1 tsp brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt


2 oz fennel, thinly sliced, rubbed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 oz red onion, rubbed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 oz arugula
4 burger buns, sliced


Preparation time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Serves: 4

  1. Place shrimp and sausage meat (removed from casing) in a food-processor, pulse until coarsely ground.
  2. Add egg white, cornstarch, salt and pepper and pulse again until smooth and sticky. Cover and place in fridge until required.
  3. Cut pork belly in long strips about 1/3″ thick. Mix even;y with garlic, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and black pepper and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  4. To make aioli, whisk all ingredients together and place in fridge until required.
  5. Once marinated, lay pork belly in a preheated skillet over high heat until both sides are golden brown and caramelized, flipping once.
  6. Transfer pork belly to a plate and reserve pork fat in the skillet.
  7. Return the skillet to medium heat to cook thin patties of the shrimp sausage-mixture (1 cm) for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden browned and cooked through, flipping once.
  8. Place the shrimp sausage patty on the bottom half on the bun, top with fennel and arugula, then 2 or 3 slices of pork belly. Add a generous dollop of spicy aioli, finish with the top half of the bun.

Local Source Guide:

Orange & Fennel Sausage: Peasant’s Pantry

Produce: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Recipe provided by:  Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

This recipe is featured in our 2019 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide.

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