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tuna burgers with ginger-lemon kewpie mayo

Recipe by
barbara lentz
beulah, MI

You want this burger rare in the middle. Kewpie mayo is a Japanese mayo that uses rice vinegar instead of distilled vinegar which gives it a sweeter tang. It does contain MSG so if you are sensitive to it use regular mayo

yield 2 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For tuna burgers with ginger-lemon kewpie mayo

  • 1 md
    cucumber peeled seeded and julienned
  • 1 sm
    carrot cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4
    red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
  • salt and pepper
  • 2
    butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated ginger
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1
    serrano chili seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    basil chopped
  • 1 lb
    sushi grade ahi tuna
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp
    sesame oil
  • 2
    brioche buns
  • 1 c
    kewpie mayo
  • 2 Tbsp
    each soy sauce, minced cilantro, minced scallion greens
  • 1 Tbsp
    black sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp
    lemon juice

How To Make tuna burgers with ginger-lemon kewpie mayo

  • 1
    First make the pickled toppings. Add the cucumbers, red onion, carrots, rice vinegar and sugar and salt and pepper. Let stand at room temp for 1 hour.
  • 2
    Next make the Mayo. Mix all ingredients together and place in fridge for flavors to mingle.
  • 3
    Next make the burgers. In a small food processor add the garlic, ginger, serrano, and 1 tsp of sugar together and process into a paste. Stir in fish sauce, cilantro and basil. Set aside
  • 4
    Thinly slice the tuna. Stack the slices and cut into matchsticks cut the matchsticks into cubes, then chop until the pieces are about 1/8 inch pieces. Stir in the paste and moisten your hand and shape into 2 burgers. Refrigerate for 20 minutes
  • 5
    Light a grill. Mix the two oils together. Brush some oil on both sides of the buns. Brush some oil on both sides of the tuna burgers.
  • 6
    Grill the buns for 1 minute to toast them. Place the tuna on the grill and grill 6 minutes turning once.
  • 7
    Place some mayo mixture on bottom of buns. Place a leaf of lettuce on top bun then the pickled mixture. Place the tuna burger on top of the mayo.

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