If you’re anything like most Americans, burgers make it onto your list of favorite foods. While most of us think of fast food for these eats, higher-end restaurants are adding their own gussied-up versions to menus as well. Instead of shelling out $20 or more for one of those creations, make something yourself. Just because you’re doing the cooking doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same old routine. Grill up one of these patties, and you can indulge in something that costs less but is just as flavorful.
1. Tuna Niçoise Burgers
Seafood lovers will go crazy for this tuna creation from Food & Wine. While the classic salad involves a lot of fussy layering and cooking a bunch of different elements separately, this sandwich is a lot easier. Since the ingredient list is short, you want to make sure you’re using top-notch stuff. When picking tuna, always go for flesh that looks firm with no unpleasant odor. If you’re new to buying seafood, ask a fishmonger for advice. They’re happy to help.
- 1¼ pounds fresh tuna, diced
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 12 pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed and minced
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1½ teaspoons anchovy paste
- 4 brioche buns, split and toasted
- Sliced tomatoes
Directions: Spread the tuna, scallions, olives, and capers on a plate and freeze for 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until tuna is finely chopped. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper. Form mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties.
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush burgers with oil and grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden and crusty, and just cooked through, about 6 minutes. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise with anchovy paste. Spread onto buns. Top with burgers, tomato, and arugula. Serve.