Pan-Fried or Grilled Tuna Burgers

4 people
Prep Time:
00h 00
Cook Time:
00h 30

Tuna combines with ginger, scallions and sesame oil for a true umami experience. DIY grinding is easy; so is the pan-frying or grilling.

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Ingredients and Method


  • 1 1/4 pound tuna
  • 1/4 cup scallions, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon ginger, finely grated and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black peppper


  1. Cut fish into 1" cubes. Place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to freezer. Chill protein until very cold (it should feel firm but still give when pressed with your finger), about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place all grinding parts (the stand mixer's grinding attachment, including the dies, or the bowl and blade of the food processor) in the freezer until very cold, at least 15 minutes. Assemble grinder attachment with chilled coarse die. Set a bowl in a large bowl of ice; arrange beneath the attachment to catch ground tuna and keep it cold.
  2. Combine tuna, scallions, ginger, and garlic in a large bowl. Grind mixture in batches, with mixer on medium speed, and plunge gently to press through grinder. Add mayonnaise, grapeseed or canola oil, and toasted sesame oil to ground tuna mixture. Mix gently just to combine.
  3. Form into four 1/2"-thick patties. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Grill or pan-fry burgers over medium heat until just cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side.