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Protein-Style Ahi Tuna Burgers Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks Pickles Creamy Tartar Sauce recipe Savoy Cabbage Protein-Style Ahi Tuna Burgers recipe Summer is just around the corner and at Spoon Fork Bacon we’re getting in the mood for the hot months ahead of us. We love that summer is such a great time for grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, but every now and then it’s nice to lighten things up, especially in the hot weather. That’s why we love ahi tuna burgers….protein-style!

Ahi tuna burgers are a simple and delicious alternative to the standard greasy (although delicious) beef and turkey burgers. Plus, we’ve added a sweet and tangy tartar sauce using diced Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic Dill Chips and a splash of the delicious brine from the jar. We love the sharp and briny flavor these pickles add to the sauce. If you prefer a little more of a sweet tartar sauce, you can swap the Dill Chips out for Farmer’s Garden’s Bread and Butter variety. Whatever variety you use, each pickle tastes so crisp, fresh and delicious, and the pickle tartar sauce really brightens up the burger and adds tons of flavor.

We also finish our burgers with savoy cabbage instead of the standard iceberg “bun” for a healthier “protein style” meal. The heartiness of the savoy leaves against the soft tuna adds great texture, but of course you can use whatever greens you prefer or even use an actual bread bun if you want a slightly more substantial burger. If you’re looking for something a little different and on the lighter side for your summer get-togethers, think about making these delicious tuna burgers. Enjoy!

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Protein-Style Ahi Tuna Burgers
Makes 4

For the Creamy Tartar Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
10 Farmer’s Garden® by Vlasic® Dill Chips, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons Farmer’s Garden® by Vlasic® Dill Chip brine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper to taste

For the Tuna:
16 ounces ahi tuna (cut into 4 equal, 4 ounce portions)
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
8 savory cabbage leaves
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the tartar sauce ingredients until fully incorporated and set aside.
2. Season tuna portions with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, toss together the two kinds of sesame seeds. Then gently press each piece of tuna directly onto the sesame seeds, on all sides to fully coat.
3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Sear each piece of tuna on each side for 2 to 3 minutes (you want to make sure the center is still nice and pink).
4. Set seared ahi tuna steaks aside for 3 to 4 minutes. Slice each portion into 4 or 5 slices.
5. To assemble: Place a large dollop of tartar sauce into half of the cabbage leaves and top each with some sliced tuna. Top the tuna with the cucumber sticks, a sprinkle of paprika and another cabbage leaf. Serve.

  1. Kati Not Specified Not Specified

    Mmmmmm, this looks delicious and goes right onto my cooking list for the weekend.

  2. Elyse Not Specified Not Specified

    So need to find black sesame seeds! They look very cool against the white.

  3. Sharlynn Ng Not Specified Not Specified

    So delicious and healthy! I really need to eat more tuna!

  4. tara Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delicious! Also, I LOVE tartar sauce so yes, please!

  5. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files Not Specified Not Specified

    As a gal that is not too big on burgers…this style is right up my alley! Pinned!

  6. Millie l Add A Little Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks amazing! Tuna is my favourite fish so this is right up my street!
    And I’ve never seen savoy cabbage as the ‘bun’ so will definitely try it out! :)

  7. Thymelife Not Specified Not Specified

    Great looking food! Looks healthy and delicious.
    Brilliant photos too!

  8. Becky Not Specified Not Specified

    What a gorgeous piece of fish! Looks absolutely delicious, I would love to try something like this, even though we’re headed into Australian winter.

    By the way, great choice in knife, chef approved!

    xx Becky

  9. Samina | The Cupcake Confession Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow!!!! how refreshing are these burgers!!!!!! I’m loving the protein burger “bun” ;) :D

  10. Heather @ Sarap Life Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks delicious! I love the idea of lightening up a summertime favorite. I’ve never done the seared ahi tuna before so I’ll have to try it on the grill this summer. What a fancy presentation for seemingly easy work :)

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  14. Gina Not Specified Not Specified

    made these the other night, incredible! too bad ahi is so expensive or we’d have these every night.

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