Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Amazing Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple RecipeLet’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. 

Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe
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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.

Making Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe

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.”

Easy Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe

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.

Healthy Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe

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

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.

How To: Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe

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 Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe are delicate. The patties 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.

Awesome Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe

To complete these Hawaii inspired Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe, 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!

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Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Recipe
5 from 14 votes

Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple - Hawaiian style Ahi Tuna, seared to perfection, makes incredible tuna burgers loaded with island flavors.
Servings: 6 burgers
Nutrition Facts
Ahi Tuna Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 1281mg 53%
Potassium 858mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 18g
Protein 45g 90%
Vitamin A 82.2%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 17.5%
Iron 29.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Ahi Tuna Patties:
  • 2 pounds ahi tuna steaks diced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, greens and whites
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Sesame oil for cooking
For the Hoisin Mustard:
For the Tuna Burgers:
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 slices fresh pineapple, round
  • 1 ripe avocado sliced
  • 6 leaves butter lettuce


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the ahi tuna patties in a large bowl. Divide into 6 equal portions and press into patties. Preheat the griddle (or 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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  4. Lunaposted August 17, 2017 at 4:04 am Reply

    Who says burgers are unhealthy?

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

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

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

  14. Kocineraposted July 6, 2013 at 4:42 am Reply

    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!

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  16. Carolynposted July 2, 2013 at 4:35 am Reply

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

    This looks fabulous! I love the Hawaiian flavors!

  22. Shainaposted June 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    With the pineapple, perfection.

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

    Beautiful! Love the grilled pineapple and avocado on top.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    omg love these!!

  29. Nessaposted June 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm Reply

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

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

    I found you via pin

  31. marlaposted June 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm Reply

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

  32. Coletteposted June 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply

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

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

    That is one fab burger, loved the grilled pineapple!

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

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

  35. Mariaposted June 28, 2013 at 11:46 am Reply

    Love the grilled pineapple on top!

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

    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.

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

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

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

    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 ;)

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

    Oh these look heavenly Sommer!! Need!

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

    You had me at Ahi Tuna …

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

  47. Jeanetteposted June 28, 2013 at 5:58 am Reply

    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 :)

  48. Tieghanposted June 28, 2013 at 4:25 am Reply

    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!