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Tuna Burger

The tuna burger was born in restaurant kitchens as a way of using up scraps left over from fancy cuts, but we think it's worth buying tuna just to make these.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1995


  • 2 pounds fresh center-cut tuna
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus more for buns
  • 1 anchovy fillet, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 celery stalks, peeled to remove strings and minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mizuna
  • 6 buns
  • 6 tablespoons pickled ginger
  • Wasabi Mayo


  1. 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. Add garlic, olive oil, sesame oil, anchovy, basil, celery, ginger, salt, and pepper; combine well.

  2. Heat grill to medium high. Form tuna into 6 patties, and place on hot grill, or chill for up to 6 hours until ready to cook. Grill from about 3 or 4 minutes per side for rare to 7 or 8 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 or 6 for well done.

  3. Serve with mizuna on buns brushed with sesame oil and toasted, if desired. Serve with pickled ginger and wasabi mayonnaise.

Cook's Notes

Mizuna can be replaced with watercress.


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