Fruity, fresh, and flavorful! These Hawaiian Tuna Burgers are full of clean, lean protein and bursting with tropical flavor. Gluten-free, paleo, and low in fat, these patties will become your new go-to whenever a burger craving strikes.
Is anyone else totally sick of winter?
Yeah, me too. So much in fact that I am already planning several warm-weather escapes for after I graduate! Now all I need it to win the lottery to pay for them all. A girl can dream, right?
But luckily for us, the ‘ol groundhog didn’t see his shadow to apparently we should be expecting an early spring! I am all for that.
In the meantime, though, I am reminding myself of sunny, warm times by making recipes that remind me of the tropics! Fresh, fruity, and full of flavor. First on my menu if it was summertime, right now? That would be these Hawaiian Tuna Burgers!
I thought up this recipe when dreaming about a fresh fruit and fish dish I had in the Philippines a few years back. Fresh tuna, juicy ripe pineapple, and the most incredible sesame and soy marinade. Pure bliss on a plate.
I wanted to mimic those flavors but make the whole thing a lot simpler and easy to make. Burgers seemed just right and since I didn’t want to break the bank by buying fresh tuna pieces, I went with the next best thing….canned white albacore tuna! As close to the sea as you’ll get in a can!
I’ve been a Bumble Bee seafood consumer for years and am always so impressed with the quality, convenience, and affordability of their products. You’d think the fish was canned right on the boat with how fresh it tastes!
I knew I wanted to go with white albacore for this recipe since it has a clean, light flavor and is FULL of lean protein and healthy fats. These burgers weren’t just going to taste good…I was determined to make them nutrient-packed powerhouse patties! (Say that 3 times fast!)
Hawaiian Tuna Burgers
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
- Yield: 4 burgers 1x
- Category: Main Meals
- 2 cans of Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna
- 1 tbsp Bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 8oz can of crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped cilantro
- 4 tbsp almond meal/almond flour
- 1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp lime juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400. Mix all ingredients in a bowl (use your hands to make sure everything is evenly distributed). Divide the mixture into 4 portions and shape into patties. Squeeze out excess liquid as you form the patties with your hands. Place the patties on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or dish. Bake for 25 minutes, flip bake for 10 more minutes.
Gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and absolutely delicious. I swear even people who claim they don’t like seafood will LOVE these burgers. They could convert even the staunchest of fish haters with their sweet n’ savory flavor. The Bumble Bee White Albacore doesn’t taste fishy it at all and it’s got most amazing meaty texture!
Maybe I’m a bit biased as a seafood aficionado (self-proclaimed of course! 😉 ), but these burgers are the BOMB. I feel like I develop a new obsession with each new recipe I create, but I know these will for sure be a regular appearance on my weekly menu. Now I just can’t wait for warmer weather so I can throw them on the grill!
The ultimate tropical escape in burger form…I like.
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