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Thai Tuna Burgers with Papaya Salsa are made with bright, healthy, fresh flavors that will kick start your summer or brighten your winter. | theeverykitchen.com

Thai Tuna Burgers with Papaya Salsa

Thai Tuna Burgers with Papaya Salsa are made with bright, healthy, fresh flavors that will kick start your summer or brighten your winter.

Course Main
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword grilling, seafood burger, summer, thai, tuna
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 5 burgers
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients

For the Salsa

  • 4 serrano chili peppers
  • 3 cups papaya seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced

For the Burgers

  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup ginger freshley grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound sushi-grade yellowfin tuna steak cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 5 whole wheat hamburger buns

Instructions

For the Salsa

  1. Place a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Pan sear serrano chiles about 4 minutes or until charred on all sides. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand for 5 minutes. This will make the skin easy to peel off. Remove as much skin as possible from peppers, cut in half, remove seeds, and dice remaining flesh. 

  2. Transfer diced peppers to a medium bowl. Add papaya, lime juice, cilantro, and red onion. Toss to combine.

For the Burgers

  1. Combine breadcrumbs, lemon zest, ginger, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until fine. Add tuna, basil, and cilantro. Pulse just until tuna is coarsely chopped -- do not puree. Form into 4-ounce patties.

  2. Prepare a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Sear burgers on each side until desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium rare.

  3. Place cooked tuna burger on bottom bun, top with ¼ cup papaya salsa and top of bun.