Tuna Burgers with Greens & Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette


1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


Tuna Burgers 


1/4 cup green or red bell pepper, minced

1/4 cup onion, minced

1/4 cup celery, minced

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

2 1/2 teaspoons dried dill

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

zest from 1 lemon

2 whole eggs

1 egg white

6 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed

1 12-oz can white Albacore tuna, drained

Olive or avocado oil for cooking

8 handfulls baby lettuce blend (2 handfulls for each burger)


1. For the vinaigrette, combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside. Re-whisk before using.


2. In a large bowl, combine the bell pepper, onion, celery, bread crumbs, dill, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon zest, eggs, egg white, and spinach; mix well until evenly combined. Add the tuna and mix carefully until evenly combined with the vegetable mixture (I like to leave some larger pieces of tuna intact).


3. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure out level 1/2-cup scoops of the tuna mixture to form 4 4-inch patties; let them rest for a few minutes on a cutting board or tray.


4. Heat 2-3 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat and carefully transfer 2 to 3 patties to the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes, carefully turn them over, and then cook for 3-5 more minutes. Remove them to a plate and keep them warm. Add a little more oil to the pan if needed and repeat with the remaining patties.


5. Put the lettuce in a large bowl, add some of the creamy vinaigrette (this is to taste, meaning add as much or as little of the vinaigrette as you like), and gently toss with tongs to coat the lettuce evenly. Divide the lettuce between 4 plates, top the lettuce with a tuna burger, drizzle the burger with additional vinaigrette, and serve immediately.


Makes 4 servings, 1 tuna burger and 2 handfulls lettuce each. **My husband usually eats to burgers, so adjust the serving suggestion to your liking.

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