Want a tuna burger like in Hawaii? Perfectly seared Ahi tuna steak, nestled between a soft bun, topped with creamy coleslaw and siracha mayo. Are you drooling yet? I knew I had to recreate the Ahi Tuna Burger I kept craving after our recent trip to Maui.
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Why you will love this recipe
- Quick and Easy: Whether you're hosting a barbecue or craving a quick and impressive weeknight meal, this recipe will be your best choice.
- A Healthier option: Ahi tuna is a lean protein source rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making this burger a heart-healthy option.
- Versatile: Feel free to get creative with your favorite additions – pickled ginger, teriyaki glaze, or crisp cucumber slices.
- Burger buns- My 30 minute bread recipe works perfectly to make burger buns.
- Ahi Tuna Steaks
- Coleslaw- The creamy crunch coleslaw recipe on the blog would work well for this Tuna burger recipe.
- Sriracha mayo- to dress the burger use this spicy sushi mayo recipe.
- Salt and Pepper to season the Tuna Steaks
See recipe card for quantities.
Substitutions and Variations
- Coleslaw- instead of making coleslaw from scratch feel free to simplify the process by purchasing store-bought coleslaw and dressing.
- Burger Buns- I enjoy making my own 30 minute bread makes the burger gourmet but if you're in a time crunch feel free to use store-bought burger buns or bread rolls.
- Ahi tuna- If ahi is unavailable, you can use other firm and flavorful fish like swordfish or yellowtail.
Step 1: Marinate and Sear the Tuna: Season the Ahi tuna steaks with salt and pepper, then coat evenly with oil. Allow the tuna to marinate for at least 30 minutes, letting the flavors infuse. Then on high heat sear the tuna on both sides until golden brown but still raw in the center.
Step 2: Prepare dressing and coleslaw: Mix the coleslaw according to the recipe instructions. With a mandolin slice both cabbage and grate the carrots. Place them in a large mixing bowl and mix with creamy salad dressing.
Step 3: Assemble Tuna Steak Burgers: Lightly toast the burger buns on a skillet for a minute or until golden brown. Spread spicy mayo onto the toasted buns and then place the grilled Ahi tuna steak on the toasted bun. Top with the mixed creamy coleslaw. Serve immediately and enjoy the unique combination of flavors in every bite.
Ahi burgers are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store leftover seared tuna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days.
For a perfect sear on the tuna, make sure your grill is hot before placing the steaks on it. This helps to achieve a beautiful crust while keeping the inside tender and juicy.
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