Gwyn's Tuna Burgers

Memorial Day would not be the same if there was not a BBQ involved...we thought we would change it up this time and cook up some tuna burgers!  I just recently saw Natalie make these here and they looked so delicious!  Here's our version of the burgers...


Buying high quality tuna is a needs to be bright red, not pink (or gray...ew!).  The color ensures that it is fresh, and though it is more expensive, it is defintiely worth it.  

The fresh ginger and wasabi made the flavors really come together...also, there was a TASTY mayo that was excellent.  I normally don't eat mayo, but this was killer!


Tuna & Ginger Burgers (From: My Father's Daughter)
  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 Tblsp peeled and finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tblsp peeled and finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp peanut oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1 pound highest-quality tuna, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 sprouted grain or whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup Soy & Sesame Mayo (recipe follows)
  • Handful fresh arugula
Combine the wasabi, mustard, and water in a small bowl.  Scrape it into a food processor along with the pepper, salt, ginger, garlic and peanut oil.  Pulse it all together to make a flavorful paste.  Add the tuna and pulse just to combine--be careful not to overprocess the tuna as you want your burgers to have texture.  Form the mixture into 4 burgers and set in the refrigerator for at least one hour (up to overnight) to let the flavors really settle in.

Meanwhile, heat the the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet.  Add the shallots and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the get soft and sweet and a little brown.  Reserve.

Preheat your grill or grill pan over high heat.

Rub the tuna burgers with a little peanut oil and grill for 2 or 3 minutes a side, to desired doneness.  Grill the buns alongside the burgers.  Spread the buns with the mayo, pile on the sautéed shallots and a bit of the arugula, and tuck in the burgers.

Soy & Sesame Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Veganaise
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
Whisk everything together.

Did you make anything fun for the long weekend?  Hope you enjoy these!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha

Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays


  1. OMG this looks AMAZING! I would love this for lunch today! yum yum yummm!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Oh! I've been dying to try these! May have to pick up some tuna this week! :)
    xo::Lauren @ tickled.

  3. I have been meaning to try this recipe. Looks so good!

  4. Looks so good!

  5. Yeah! I am glad you liked them and they turned out well! The mayo really makes the burgers! Hope you had a great weekend.

  6. These look SO yummy - we will definitely be trying them :) I love wasabi and ginger!


  7. That looks so good, I love seafood on a sandwich, all of it, any of it!


  8. Now that is what I call delicious!!!! Yum. I just put you on my blog roll =))))

  9. This looks delish!! I love tuna and arugula! Such a fresh taste for Memorial Day Weekend!

  10. This tuna burger looks tasty! I don't think I've ever had one.

    I know you're not necessarily looking for photo advice, but if you use photo processing software (Picnik, through Flickr, is free), you should be able to adjust the yellow-tones of photos you take in indoor lighting. Additionally, if you're using a point-and-shoot you might be able to adjust the white balance to make the colors look a bit more natural.

    Good luck!

  11. My dad loves tuna. I think I need to makes these for fathers day!

  12. oh yum! i love tuna but got a little burned out on tuna salad....these look really fresh and healthy!

  13. I'M STARVING NOW!!!! haha geeesh these look so yummy! :) thanks for sharing!

  14. They look fantastic!!! I am definitely adding this to my menu for the weekend. That's so nice of you to share the recipe:)

  15. YUM! These look delish! You always have the best recipes! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  16. deeee-lish!!! i am adding this one to my recipe list {along with that fabulous pizza you featured recently!} that looks like a tasty {tuna} burger! xoxoxo brynn

  17. delicious and healthy??

  18. LOVE tuna burgers!! So yummy and healthy!!

  19. Delicious!! My guy is a bit of a bbq burger fiend so he will love these! Hopefully the weather holds up for us to try them! xx

  20. I can't wait to try these! Thanks for posting the recipe.