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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
For the Ahi Tuna Patties:
For the Tuna Burgers:
- 6 hamburger buns
- 6 slices fresh pineapple, round
- 1 ripe avocado sliced
- 6 leaves butter lettuce
- 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.
- Then immediately grill or sear the pineapple slices for 1-2 minutes per side.
- 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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