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Ahi Tuna Burgers with Wasabi-Lime Mayonnaise

  • Author: elisha


  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/21 tsp prepared wasabi paste (start with 1/2 tsp, increase to taste)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 2 8-oz. pieces of yellowfin or ahi tuna, roughly chopped
  • 12 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp coarse ground black papper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, leaves only, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp diced scallions (can sub sweet white onions)
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Whole-wheat hamburger buns


  1. First, make mayo. Whisk together mayo, wasabi, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.
  2. Chop the tuna, place in food processor with cilantro, scallions, garlic, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Top with sesame oil.  Pulse a few times until roughly ground.  Don’t puree!!
  3. Form the mixture into two large burgers or 4-5 smaller ones.  *If making large burgers, make sure your buns are large enough!  These burgers don’t shrink up like beef does, since the fat content is so low.
  4. Cook on medium heat, either in grill pan on the grill or frying pan on stove coated with a little olive oil, 2-3 minutes each side (or to desired level of doneness).
  5. Toast buns, top with lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado.  Use mayo sparingly, or to taste.