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Fresh tuna burger on a bun with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, dripping with spicy mayo

Fresh Ahi Tuna Burgers with Spicy Mayo

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 5-7 tuna burgers 1x
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop or grill


This tuna burger recipe with fresh tuna is perfect for summertime grilling. They’re quick & easy to prepare and cook, and pack so much flavor topped with homemade spicy mayo. No grill? No problem! Sear them inside in a pan instead.



Fresh tuna patties

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh ahi tuna
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced

Spicy mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2  tbsp sriracha – add more based on how spicy you like it

For serving

  • Burger buns
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced


  1. Cut the ahi tuna into 1 inch cubes. Add to a food processor bowl fitted with an S blade.
    fresh ahi tuna chunks in a food processor
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor: egg, green onions, lime juice, breadcrumbs, soy sauce, and ginger.
    ahi tuna burger ingredients in a food processor
  3. Pulse the food processor several times until the ingredients are combined, but there are still some small chunks of fish left. You should be able to easily form patties with your hands, without them falling apart.
    ahi tuna burger ingredients blended together in a food processor
  4. Form 5-7 tuna patties with your hands. Press down on them slightly to flatten.
    fresh tuna burger patties on a piece of parchment paper
  5. Cook them on the grill or stovetop for about 6 minutes *see notes below for detailed cooking instructions.
    cooked tuna burgers on a light blue plate
  6. While the burgers are cooking, whisk together the mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl until well combined to make the spicy mayo.
  7. Toast the burger buns if desired, and assemble the burgers with a dollop of spicy mayo, a piece of lettuce, a slice of tomato, and a slice of cucumber.


*Grill cooking instructions

  • Heat up your grill to medium-high heat. Spray the grill grates with some cooking oil – this helps prevent the tuna burgers from sticking.
  • Place the tuna burgers on the preheated grill.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, flip, then cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Stovetop cooking instructions

  • Heat up a bit of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the tuna burgers, being careful not to crowd the pan. If your skillet is small, cook them in batches.
  • Cook for three minutes, flip, then cook for another 2-3 minutes.

How to know when tuna burgers are done cooking: You’ll know the burgers are finished when they are no longer pink on the inside, or a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part.