12.16.2008

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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17 comments:

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.

Patsyk 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".

test it comm 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.