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Tuna Burgers with Asian Slaw


Fresh, Delicious, clean Summer flavors are dominating my mind right now. A month back, I was in a cooking rut. I felt like I had hit a wall. The food still tasted good, and I was having ideas, just not many of them. With a change of seasons, I am invigorated. Ready to apply everything I have learned this Winter to Summer entertaining. Ready to add new flavors to BBQ's picnics and pasta salad. And mostly ready to not spend hours in the kitchen making these heavy winter meals that have reigned on this blog for the past 5 months.

I think if you leave the tuna whole, it can no longer be called a burger. At that point, it's just a fish sandwich. We put this 1 pound tuna chunk into the freezer for 15 minutes so it firmed up and was easier to cut.

Nice big chunks are good. Kinda like tuna tartar or the middle of a spicy tuna roll..

Burgers and slaw are a classic. Tuna burgers are no different!

We couldn't find any good rolls... so we made them! This was a great Kaiser roll recipe.

The dressing for the slaw is sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro. Salt and pepper. Put this on a good hour before eating.

Make the breadcrumbs. it is key because they will help soak up the liquids and hold this burger together, but won't add any unnecessary flavor to the burger.

Some wasabi, mayo, and lime juice.

These burgers have been in the fridge for a half hour so they won't fall apart on the grill. It also helps them stay rare in the middle which is what you want with a tuna burger. Make sure to spray some oil on so they don't stick. Also, the grill should be really hot.

Grill marks!

These things are fragile before you cook them, but once on the grill they hold their shape nice. Cook them only 3 minutes a side.

CHEESE?!?!?! NO! Mango slices. Put a thin layer of wasabi mayo on both sides of the bun.

A little more wasabi mayo.

YUM!!!!! Please make this for your next BBQ! I think we are going to have to make them again cause they were really really good. So fresh and tasty! Crisp cabbage and carrots in the Asian slaw. Mandi was putting it on the burger, but I liked them separate. Get nice fresh tuna so you can cook it medium rare in the center like this one is.

I also like how the mango looks like cheese.

Tuna Burger
1lb fresh tuna
1 TBSP fresh breadcrumbs
1 TBSP jalapeno
2 TBSP diced onion
2 TBSP cilantro

Mix well. Form 3 patties. Fridge 30 minutes. Grill 3 minutes a side on super hot grill. Be sure to oil patties to prevent sticking.

Cabbage, carrots, spring onions. Thin sliced.
Mix sesame oil, rice vinegar, minced garlic, minced jalapeno, cilantro, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds in a separate bowl. Taste to get ratios correct. Pour over veggies. Mix and let sit for one hour before eating.

Kaiser Rolls.  And how to shape them.


Wow those look absolutely amazing! I am definitely making these this summer. :)

Wow! These look so delicious. I don't think I can execute them with the same skill, but I'm going to try. I'm quickly becoming an avid follower of your blog after being introduced to it by my co-worker Lorraine.

Thanks for your inspiring ideas!


EVERYTHING looks so delish. Those rolls look unbelievable and I'd really like to try the tuna. Are you sure you're not coming home soon???

Lorraine... I think you need to make them for me then.. to prove to me you can cook since I had to cook for you all doubles...

Now this is something i would definitely order at a restaurant. It is almost winter here so we are getting into the comfort food zone...bbq's are kinda over for us for a while : (

I think my favorite part of this burger would be the mango...don't know if you have noticed but i love the sweet & salty combination. Actually at our local supermarket this week they are introducing a new item...chocolate coated potato chips!!! I'll be grabbing some this Thursday : )

Hoss Beard, you get big ole honkin kudo's from THIS Larue for this one!

Nice work! My first time here, by way of another blog author who spotted yer recipe and wants it made on site at a music fest in the Sierra's just outside of Yosemite.

It's a no brainer outside of making the kaiser rolls and baking them . . . so we'll work on a quality roll that befits the recipe . . .

I need to find a hand crank grinder, no way I'm taking knife time to hack up all that tuna! *G*

Love it all, but I'll add shaved fresh ginger root to the slaw recipe, and red bermuday's, too.

Again, thanks for the recipe, it's DELICIOUS sounding and looking!!! If we do it this Labor Day Weekend, I'll try and take some pics and get them to ya somehow . . . yer now in my blog list to read!!! *G*

And, your recipe is sooooo good I'm using your linky to start off my Foodie Friday post at:

Usually posts 6pm Central Time, 4pm Left Coast Time . . . stop on by and say howdy! I'll be pluggin YOUR site for sure! *G*

Thanks again! *G*

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