Monday, August 1, 2011

High Sea Burger (Adults Only Gourmet Tuna Burger)

As much as I don’t like to think about it; Labor Day and the end of summer is fast approaching.  For us, Labor Day is family BBQ and picnic day but this year will be different.
 I am facing major life changes; empty nesting with my youngest off to university mid August! Needless to say, I have to find a way to cope with my first of many kid-less holidays.  Since Giuliano will not be here to savor his favorite giant ultra rare BBQ steak burger and Marina will not be asking for a petite well done cheeseburger I’ve decided to embrace change and explore all that burgers can be.
Embracing change completely seemed like a good starting point.  Hence the High Sea Burger I’m presenting today.  The subtitle of Adults Only Gourmet Tuna Burger is just my tongue in cheek way of acknowledging the price of fresh tuna prohibits, in this household at least, making these burgers for an army of teenagers!
I did the tuna burgers in a sauté pan on the stove because they are really quite delicate and I didn’t want them falling through the grill!
I can't wait for your feedback on these High Sea Burgers! 
Ingredients: (for 2 large burgers)
2 Fresh Tuna Fillets
2 Scallions
2 t. Orange Infused Olive Oil
¼ t. Orange Zest
1 t. Dijon mustard
2 t. Soy Sauce (low sodium)
2 Sesame Seed Kaiser Rolls
4 Tomato Slices
½ Cup Fresh Arugula
Ingredients for the Sauce:
½ Cup Non Fat Greek Yogurt
2 t. Orange Infused Olive Oil
2 T. Teriyaki Sauce
1 t. Dijon Mustard
½ t. Orange Zest  
1.     Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and set aside
2.     Pre heat sauté pan on low, coat with non stick spray
3.     Chop tuna and scallions; place in small mixing bowl.
4.     Add the olive oil, orange zest, Dijon mustard and soy sauce; mix well
5.     Turn heat up to medium high
6.     Form two patties and place in pan (patties are delicate but will stick together as cooked)
7.     Sauté for 2-3 minutes then turn over and cook for an additional 2 minutes
8.     Slice buns in half and spread sauce on both top and bottom of bun.
9.     Put a bit of arugula on bottom of each bun and top with tuna burger
10.   Add remaining arugula and top with tomato slices
11.  Replace bun tops and serve.


  1. Wow Kc.... this recipe looks amazing! My ♥ goes out to you for the empty nest! Keep smiling and keep cooking, the kids will always come back for mama's cooking! Hugs ~V

  2. Yum! This burger looks so good! Never thought of making a tuna burger so this recipe is a must try for me :)

  3. This looks like a really tasty burger, but I would almost feel bad grinding up the fresh tuna to grill (Die hard sushi fan here). Good luck coping with empty nest! We are on the complete opposite end having just welcomed baby boy to our home a few months ago. I imagine time goes quite fast :(