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Tuna Burgers with Ginger, Garlic and Soy Sauce

February 2006
Tuna Burgers with Ginger, Garlic and Soy Sauce

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Serve this burger with pickled ginger and root vegetable chips. It's also great with grilled thick-cut red onion slices and olive-oil-and-vinegar-dressed slaw topped with crunchy fried noodles.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh tuna steak, cut into chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons dark soy sauce, such as tamari (eyeball it)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (eyeball it)
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend, such as Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick (a palmful)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 sesame kaiser rolls, split
  • 1/4 cup prepared wasabi mustard, such as Stonewall Kitchen brand, plus extra for serving (optional)
  • Red or green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 cup mango chutney (found in the condiment or international foods aisle), plus extra for serving (optional)
  • Pickled ginger, for serving
  • Root vegetable chips, for serving
Directions
  1. Place the tuna in a food processor and pulse until it reaches the consistency of ground beef. In a large bowl, combine the ground tuna with the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, scallions, bell pepper, sesame oil and grill seasoning. Form the meat into 4 large patties.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the tuna patties to the large skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side for rare, or for 4 minutes on each side for well done. While the burgers work, saute the mushrooms for 5 minutes in the medium skillet. When the mushrooms are tender, salt them to taste.
  4. To assemble the burgers, spread the roll bottoms with the wasabi mustard; top with the lettuce, burgers and mushrooms. Slather the bun tops with the mango chutney and set in place. Pass around extra mustard and chutney at the table, if desired. Serve the tuna burgers with pickled ginger and root vegetable chips.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Hugel & Fils Alsace Gewurztraminer 2004 (France)
Tip Do it yourself
  • Make wasabi mustard. Just mix a squeeze of wasabi paste with Dijon mustard.