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Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Let’s say goodbye to Burger Month with light and flavorful Ahi Tuna Burgers topped with sweet Grilled Pineapple. Big island flavor stacked high on a bun. 


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Hawaii is my happy place. Particularly the island of Kauai.

Lt. Dan and I took what we thought would be our last big vacation, right before our first child was born. It’s funny to me now that we thought we wouldn’t be able to travel again for years. We determined we had better go somewhere spectacular before it was too late.

Well, we were wrong about travel opportunities, but we were right about Hawaii being special.

Every time we visit, we spend a hefty portion of our time trying to figure out a way we could move there and make a living.

It’s the weather… the lush green mountains and tropical plants, the pristine beaches, the vibrant produce at every corner market, the hidden waterfalls, the fresh seafood, the slow-paced island lifestyle, the outdoor activities, and of course, the “aloha spirit.”

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I don’t need city life. Honestly, I don’t.

As a former high-strung perfectionist, raising kids has beat idealism and the need for glamor out of me.

I’d much rather be an experience-driven person than a “stuff” driven person.

I could live in a smaller house, with less possessions, in a beautiful environment and be perfectly happy.

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Living in Hawaii is a dream that may, or may not come true.

There are so many variables that make it difficult to move a family across the ocean.  And I do happen to live in a place that I love with lush green mountains, so I can’t complain.

Yet every time I think of Hawaii my heart smiles. I remember all of the little things that make it magical and I want to relive those things again and again.

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So to finish off Burger Month, I offer you a burger with Aloha Spirit, Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple.

The foundation of these tuna burgers are the poke-inspired ahi tuna patties. I diced Ahi tuna and mixed it as if I were making Hawaiian Poke. Then I added an egg and some bread crumbs so that the poke would hold together as patties.

These patties are delicate. They aren’t grilling patties, but need to be cooked on a flat surface to hold their shape. It’s important not to over cook them, since poke is a raw dish. I like to cook them so that the outside of each patty is seared, but the inside is still a little pink.

KitchenAid Range

I seared them on my new KitchenAid range with the griddle in the middle. I love using the griddle for searing meat, quickly cooking veggies, and of course for pancakes. The kids keep waiting for me to try hibachi on it.

To complete these Hawaii inspired tuna burgers, I whipped up a quick hoisin mustard and topped them with grilled pineapple and fresh avocado slices.

Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple offer a mouthful of paradise in each bite!

Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Yield: 6 burgers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


For the Ahi Tuna Patties:

  • 2 lbs. ahi tuna steaks, diced
  • 3 Tb. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 Tb. sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, greens and whites
  • 1 Tb. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Tb. sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • sesame oil for cooking

For the Hoisin Mustard:

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tb. honey or sugar

For the Tuna Burgers:

  • 6 buns
  • 6 rounds slices of fresh pineapple
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 6 butter lettuce leaves


  1. Mix all the ingredients of the ahi tuna patties in a large bowl. Divide into 6 equal portions and press into patties. Preheat the griddle (or heat a skillet) to medium heat. Once it's very hot, brush the surface with sesame oil and place the patties on the hot surface. Sear the patties for 3 minutes per side, so the interior ahi chunks are still a little pink. Flip carefully--these patties are fragile.
  2. Then immediately grill or sear the pineapple slices for 1-2 minutes per side.
  3. Whisk together the ingredients for the hoisin mustard. Then spread the mustard on the buns and stack the burgers with lettuce, ahi tuna patties, grilled pineapple, and fresh avocado slices. Serve warm!

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44 Responses to “Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple”

  1. Tieghanposted June 28, 2013 at 4:25 am

    You have no idea how much I LOVE these burgers!! Tuna and grilled pineapple are made for each other. This is seriously my dream burger!! I can’t wait to make it!


  2. Jeanetteposted June 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Sommer – this is my kind of burger – love ahi tuna although I’ve never had it in burger form (I’d like it very rare in side). Hawaii is my favorite vacation destination :)


  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 28, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Those pineapple tuna burgers look great! I have some pineapple burgers on the menu this weekend as well! :)


  4. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 28, 2013 at 7:29 am

    love the ahi tuna on this! one of my favorites! grilled pineapple would be so amazing to have on a burger!


  5. Kristi Rimkusposted June 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

    My brother moved to Kauai 30 years ago and never came back. It’s a beautiful island for sure. This burger looks incredible. This is definitely a great way to get that seafood into your diet.


  6. Paula - bell'alimentoposted June 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

    You had me at Ahi Tuna …


  7. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted June 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Just a huge YES to loving Hawaii – we were considering moving there a few years ago! We took an amazing trip to Kauai and honestly it wasn’t what I thought, but in the best way possible. I would go back in a heartbeat!


  8. Jenny Flakeposted June 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Oh these look heavenly Sommer!! Need!


  9. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted June 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

    It would be an absolute dream to live some place tropical like that. I’d settle for having your amazing range and that burger though ;)


  10. cassie - bake your dayposted June 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I love ahi tuna…and really love everything about these burgers. I can almost taste them!


  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted June 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

    These look incredible, Sommer! Love the island flavors going on, and I bet they’re just so scrumptious stacked on a bun. That griddle is too cool!


  12. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted June 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I love that oven with the griddle in the middle how cool! I am with you on Hawaii, I can’t wait to go back and moving there would be a dream! I have a friend that just packed her suitcase about 7 years ago, hopped on a plane and just moved there! She loves it. Cathy (Noble Pig) and I were just talking about how we’re more of “experience-driven than material driven” people. I would much rather love to have a trip than some junk. oo sorry, got side tracked haha. I do however love these burgers. They sing hawaii!


  13. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted June 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I made some tuna burgers this week and we LOVED them…not sure why I’ve not done it before but now that I’m in the mood yours could be next! They look so good and I’m fond of almost anything with pineapple. You are so right though about not grilling them; I was tempted but after making them indoors can affirm it was a good call.


  14. Mariaposted June 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Love the grilled pineapple on top!


  15. ashley - baker by natureposted June 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Loving EVERYTHING about these burgers!!! The pineapple… the tuna… SO much awesome.


  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted June 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    That is one fab burger, loved the grilled pineapple!


  17. Coletteposted June 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Awesome idea for Friday night.
    I’m going to TJoe’s for supplies after work.
    Thanks, Sommer!


  18. marlaposted June 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Love the pineapple on top….perfect for summer grilling :)


  19. Leigh Anneposted June 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I found you via pin


  20. Nessaposted June 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I want a bite! Wait, make that a whole burger :)


  21. Gabyposted June 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    omg love these!!


  22. Jamie @lifelovelemonsposted June 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm



  23. Marian (Sweetopia)posted June 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Sommer, I have got to try these!! They look amazing!!


  24. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted June 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Ahi tuna burgers topped with grilled pineapples?! Oh my!!


  25. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted June 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    These look so wonderful! Love that you grilled the pineapple!!


  26. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted June 30, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Beautiful! Love the grilled pineapple and avocado on top.


  27. Shainaposted June 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    With the pineapple, perfection.


  28. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted June 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    This looks fabulous! I love the Hawaiian flavors!


  29. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted June 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Girl, you know what gets me goin! Wow… just wow. I’m such a sucker for a tuna burger. The pineapple is such a great touch.


  30. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted July 1, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I love the addition of grilled pineapple here. Tasty flavors going on!


  31. Heather Christoposted July 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

    These burgers are Soooo Wonderful. I would like to move to Hawaii right now…


  32. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I cannot tell you how wonderful this burger looks to me right now. Someday I will get my butt to Hawaii, on my Bucket List!


  33. Carolynposted July 2, 2013 at 4:35 am

    I really need to make these burgers! They do look fragile though…probably best on the griddle and not on a grill?


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  35. Kocineraposted July 6, 2013 at 4:42 am

    What a cool twist on Hawaiian flavors! I’ve never been to Hawaii, but would absolutely love to go. You can see people’s eyes light up whenever they talk about vacationing there. It sounds lovely!


  36. Nutmeg Nannyposted July 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    These burgers are perfection! I’m not a big tuna fan, personally, but my husband would adore these!


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  42. Dawn Zieglerposted July 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Not only do these look delicious…they are beyond scrumptious! Made them twice and I am in love!! If you enjoy a fruity spin with a burger, this is must try. Accidentally used the same amount of ingredients with just one pound of ahi and they still turned out excellent. Pretty darn easy to make too.


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