Grilled Shrimp & Watermelon Sliders

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + marinating Grill: 5 min.


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
These fun little sliders combine my favorite Mexican flavors and seafood into a handheld treat. They make such a fresh summer meal! —Jeanette Decker, Corpus Christi, Texas
Grilled Shrimp & Watermelon Sliders Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 envelope Goya sazon with coriander and annatto
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup seeded watermelon, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 10 slider buns or dinner rolls, split
  • 1/2 cup chopped lettuce


  1. Place the first 8 ingredients in a blender; process until blended. Transfer to a bowl or shallow dish. Add shrimp and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. In a small bowl, mash avocados with a fork. Stir in tomato, onion, lemon juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Drain shrimp, discarding marinade. Arrange shrimp on a grilling grid; place grid on grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink.
  4. Chop shrimp; transfer to a small bowl. Stir in watermelon, jalapeno and cilantro. Spread guacamole over bun tops and bottoms. Top bun bottoms with lettuce and shrimp mixture; replace tops.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 slider: 208 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 391mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.