Tuna Burgers with Tahini Cabbage Salad


Last Updated on December 1, 2021

Spice up your weeknight dinners with these delicious tuna burgers served with a spicy tahini cabbage slaw. They’re flavorful, spicy, and the perfect meal prep to stock your freezer with.

Tuna Burgers

Homemade Tuna Burgers

Homemade fish burgers are a quick and easy dinner idea for the week. They’re packed with fresh ingredients and taste delicious served with a spicy tahini coleslaw salad.

The tuna cakes are full of flavor and stay perfectly tender on the inside.

Tuna Burgers

Healthy meal prep

I love preparing some form of burger to have on hand for a simple dinner during the week. They’re easy to make, freeze well, and can be made from so many different proteins.

Since my freezer is always stocked with some type of bean burger, I decided to switch things up with fresh tuna burgers.

Tuna Burgers

What you’ll need to make tuna burgers

Fresh fish– I used fresh albacore tuna in this recipe. If fresh tuna is hard to come by, you can turn these into any fish burger you prefer! Mahi mahi, salmon, or cod would be great options

Flavorings- onion, parsley, scallions, lemon zest, garlic, and jalapenos add the most delicious flavor to these burgers

Bread crumbs- the breadcrumbs acts as a binder and help hold the burgers together

Condiments- you’ll need a little mayo, dijon mustard, and some hot sauce. They not only add flavor, but also help keep the burger juicy

You can slice up your fish with a sharp knife until its minced, or pulse it in a food processor to blend it. Then combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and form them into patties. Grill them on a pan for just about 3-4 minutes, until they brown on both sides.

The spicy tahini cabbage slaw is the perfect side to pair with these burgers. It’s made from cabbage, kale and carrots and tossed in a simple dressing made with tahini, sriracha, lemon juice and garlic.

I love these burgers with a side of homemade chipotle mayo in a bun or with a side of french fries.

Any way you serve them, you’re going to love ’em!

More fish recipes you may like:

Coconut Lime Salmon

Maple Chipotle Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Butter Fish

Healthy Fish Tacos

Tuna Burgers with Tahini Cabbage Salad

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NOTES: if fresh tuna is hard to access, you can use mahi mahi, salmon, or any fresh fish of your choice!


  • 1 lb 1 fresh tuna, I used albacore

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 breadcrumbs, use gluten-free if needed

  • 1/3 1/3 red onion, diced

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 chopped parsley

  • 2 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1.5 tbsp 1.5 dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp 1 mayo

  • 2 tbsp 2 chopped pickled jalapenos, or use 1 fresh chopped jalapeno

  • 1 tsp 1 hot sauce

  • 1 clove 1 garlic, crushed

  • 1 tsp 1 lemon zest

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 black pepper

  • Oil, to grill the burgers

  • Spicy Tahini Cabbage Slaw
  • 3 cups 3 shredded purple cabbage

  • 1 cup 1 shredded kale

  • 2 large 2 carrots, thinly sliced

  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

  • 1 tbsp 1 tahini

  • 1 1 -2 tsp sriracha

  • Salt & pepper, to taste

  • Serve with
  • Chipotle Mayo


  • Prepare the tahini cabbage salad by combining everything together in a bowl. Season lightly with salt & pepper and set it aside to let it sit in the dressing while you prepare your burgers.
  • Grind your fish in a food processor, or chop it up with a sharp knife until its minced. Transfer it to a bowl.
  • Add in all of the burger ingredients to the bowl and combine well with your hands or a rubber spatula to make sure it gets evenly incorporated. Form 5 palm sized patties.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat, then add in a little olive oil or cooking spray. Cook the burgers for about 4- 5 minutes per side until browned.
  • Serve with a side of cabbage slaw and your favorite dipping sauce!
  • Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months, or refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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