Zesty Tuna Burger


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  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable
  • For the quick pickles:
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • For the patties:
  • ½ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped Thai basil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds Albacore tuna, diced into ½ inch cubes
  • For the limey ginger mayo:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about ½ lime)
  • ½ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt

Quick homemade pickles, plus tuna patties with cilantro, basil and sesame oil, make this recipe a seafood star.

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  1. Combine all ingredients for the pickles in a jar with a lid. Screw the lid on tight and give the jar a good shake. Set aside.
  2. Make the patties. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the patties except the tuna. Add the tuna and mix together with your hands until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 patties and set in a single layer on a plate. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Mix together all ingredients for the limey ginger mayo in a small bowl.
  5. Brush the grill grates with the neutral oil. Preheat over medium high heat.
  6. When hot, add the patties and cook for 6-7 minutes on each side, until grill lines appear and patties are cooked through.
  7. Spread the limey ginger mayo on the top buns. Place patties on bottom buns, top with pickles, and place top buns on top. Serve.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 429
  • Fat Content: 11.5g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol Content: 61mg
  • Sodium Content: 1403mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 35.5g
  • Fiber Content: 1.8g
  • Sugar Content: 8.9g
  • Protein Content: 44.3g