I made Dinner #6 for The Husband. Many times I tone down the heat/spice of a dish for The Kids. Thai Tilapia Burgers with Hoisin Mayo are zipped up with minced jalapeno giving the dish a spicy edge. The mayo is a nice compliment to the fire of the burgers.
This will be a great burger to do on the grill in the warmer summer months. It is filling, but not as heavy as a beef burger. I used a grill pan this time around and, it was a good substitute for my Weber grill.
I can see changing up the seasonings of these burgers to alter their taste. Next time I may try Mexican, Greek or Southwestern spices. Also, I may try a different fish such as halibut, pollock, or even shrimp. The possibilities are endless.
Thai Tilapia Burgers with Hoisin Mayo
1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced, use a smaller amount for less heat
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1/4 cup panko
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons lime juice, divided
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
dash of sesame oil
Place 1/3 of the fish in a food processor and process until almost a paste, about 30 seconds. Add remaining fish and pulse until chopped but chunks are still visible.
Place the fish into a bowl. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, cilantro, panko, 1 tablespoon lime juice and salt.
In a small bowl mix together peanut butter, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes. Add to bowl with fish mixture and combine.
Divide into 4 portions and shape into burgers. Place on plate; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. If you are starving, you can skip the hour in the frig.
Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Grill burgers about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine mayonnaise, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
To serve, place about 1 cup of mixed greens on a plate and top with thai tilapia burger and a dollop of hoisin mayo.
Note: Thai tilapia burgers can also be served on hamburger buns. They can also be made in mini size for bite-sized appetizers.