Dinner # 6 of the 12 Dinners of Christmas -- Thai Tilapia Burgers with Hoisin Mayo

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

Serves 4

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

mixed greens

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.

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Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I love tilapia and think it would be great in burger form.

Emily said...

Wow this looks delicious! I love using fish to make burgers! Great Recipe!

That Girl said...

Looks so good and grill-y!

kat said...

Oh, if I used that seasoning with ground turkey I think it would be like my husbands favorite burger at a local restaurant.

Anonymous said...

My gracious that looks great! I am nuts for fish burgers so I'll give this a whirl with the tilapia I have in my freezer! Thanks for such a wonderful idea.

Maria said...

Tilapia is a great fish! This looks amazing!!!

Annie said...

I have never cooked Tilapia, but now I want to! YUM.

Unknown said...

I love that you used tilapia! It's one of my favorites. I also like that the flavors can be changed so easily based on your mood.

Martha said...

Fantastic idea! Hope to try this soon.

MaryBeth said...

I love tilapia, I would have never thought to use it in a burger form. Thanks for the idea.

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

You had me at "Hoisin Mayo".

Unknown said...

These burgers sound great!

Shari said...

The flavors in these sound amazing!

Chef E said...

These sound great...I did this with Mahi Mahi in my cafe...

FOODalogue said...

very creative...sounds delicious. How about a little Asian slaw as a side?

Teresa said...

This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.

letsplay2 said...

My husband and I loved this - really good flavor. I think you could also fry it up without shaping it into patties and serve it as a lettuce roll.