Garlic, Lemon, and Dill Tuna Burgers

Garlic, Lemon, and Dill Tuna Burgers

Starting this week, I decided to go back to a mostly Pescatarian/Mediterranean diet. I had been on quite the splurging spree and not using much restraint when it came to eating, and I knew it was time to get back on track. While the pescatarian way of eating isn’t for everyone, it overall makes me feel better. My theory is to eat as many vegetables, plant-based proteins, and healthy carbs as I can, and then make seafood and dairy secondary. Enter these tuna burgers that are cost-effective, super easy to make, light and delicious. You can choose to pan fry them or bake them in the oven to make them even lighter.

Tuna Burger Ingredients:

2 – 6 oz cans of tuna, drained and flaked
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
2 green onions finely chopped
1/4 cup of fresh dill chopped
1 Tbsp capers roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp mayo
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 large egg
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix till combined. Form into 4 equal patties. If you’d like to bake them, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. If you’d rather saute them, drizzle a little olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat on the stove. Cook 3-4 minutes per side until brown on the outside and heated through in the middle.  

To serve, I topped a roasted veggie salad with one of the tuna burgers, a little shaved parmesan cheese, and some squeezed lemon. I also added one of them to a toasted piece of sprouted grain bread, topped with some avocado and a piece of melted swiss cheese.

This was my first time making these, but because of how easy and delicious they were, it will not be my last! If you give them a try, let me know what you think! I’d love to hear how you liked them or if you modified them. The recipe I based mine on can be found here. I swapped out the parsley for dill, added chopped capers and made a few other small changes in my version. If you’re looking for a fully vegetarian burger, check out my favorite black bean burger recipe too that can easily be turned vegan!



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