Thoroughly combine the crackers, mayonnaise and eggs in a large bowl, and season with salt, pepper and your favorite additional seasonings. Fold in the crab meat to combine, taking care to not break up the meat too much. Use a 1/2-cup ice cream scoop (not packing it in too tightly) to form the cakes, and then transfer to a container with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to cooking.
Preheat the oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
Fry the crab cakes in batches until golden brown on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plates to drain, if needed, and then serve on burger buns with lettuce and tomato slices, if using.
Smith Island crab uses the whole crab (claw, lump and special combined), no need to worry about picking through for shells - it's shell free.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Mary Ada Marshall, Drum Point Market, Smith Island, MD