Grilled Tuna Burgers

Grilled Tuna Burgers
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Tuna burgers, like tuna steaks, are best served rare. They should only be grilled about 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Serve them up on a lightly grilled bun garnished with avocado and a dollop of wasabi mayo, and no one will miss the red meat.This recipe is by Martha Stewart and was originally published in The Baltimore Sun.
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Grilled Tuna Burgers recipe - The Daily Meal
Total time: 20 minutes
  • 2 pound fresh center-cut tuna
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus more for buns
  • 1 anchovy filet, minced
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 celery stalks, peeled to remove strings and minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 buns, toasted
  • avocado, pickled ginger and wasabi mayo, for garnish (optional)
  1. Cut 2 pounds fresh center-cut tuna into 1/4-inch chunks with a very sharp knife, trimming away any dark, bloody parts. Coarsely chop tuna by hand until it begins to hold together. Transfer to a bowl over a bowl of ice.
  2. Add 1 large minced garlic clove, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 1 minced anchovy filet, 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, 2 peeled and minced celery stalks, 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; combine well. You can chill patties for up to 6 hours until ready to cook.
  3. Heat grill to medium high. Form tuna into 6 patties and place on hot grill. Grill for about 3 or 4 minutes per side for rare, to 7 to 8 minutes for well-done. Alternatively, cook in a nonstick skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes per side for rare, to 5 to 6 minutes for well-done.
  4. Serve on toasted buns, brushed with sesame oil (optional). If desired, serve with avocado, pickled ginger and wasabi mayonnaise.