Crunchy Tuna Burgers

April 2011
Crunchy Tuna Burgers

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I love eating at sushi restaurants and burger joints, so I came up with arecipe that combines the best of both worlds. Pass the wasabi mustard!

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 - 1 1/4 pounds fresh tuna, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (dark soy sauce)
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 dinner or brioche rolls
  • 1/2 cup store-bought wasabi mustard or asian sweet-hot mustard (or combine 1/2 cup yellow mustard, 2 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon wasabi paste in a small bowl)
  • 1/2 head bibb lettuce (about 4 to 5 leaves), torn
  • 1/4 cup pickled ginger
  • Fancy root-vegetable chips, such as Terra Chips
Directions
  1. Add the tuna to a food processor and pulse to grind. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the chives, tamari, garlic and black pepper to taste. Form the tuna mixture into 8 small patties. Place the panko and sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Coat the patties in the panko mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until lightly golden-brown on the outside and pink in the middle, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Slather the roll tops with the wasabi mustard (or sweet-hot mustard). Place the burgers on the roll bottoms. Top with the lettuce, pickled ginger and roll tops. Serve with the root-vegetable chips.
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