Is there anything better than a juicy burger? This version is superb! It provides the fun of eating a burger but not the guilt of eating unwanted fat. Adding zippy purple onions to the mix along with peppers and a surprising dash of molasses not only sharpens the flavor but increases the nutritional profile of this main course. Make it a meal by adding a Farmstand Tomato Salad.
Eat Clean Tuna Burgers
2 lbs / 908 g fresh tuna steak – the flesh should be deeply colored and mild smelling
4 cloves garlic, passed through a garlic press
2 Tbsp / 30 ml low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
2 Tbsp / 30 ml unsulfured molasses
3 green onions, finely chopped
½ sweet red pepper, finely chopped
½ sweet purple or Vidalia onion, finely chopped
2 tsp / 10 ml sesame oil
1 Tbsp / 15 ml mixed herbal seasoning of your choice
Eat-Clean Cooking spray (see page 12)
4 Ezekiel grain buns or other hearty buns
Sea salt and black pepper
Leaf lettuce or arugula leaves
Sliced purple onion
Mango salsa* or commercial salsa of your choice
1. Place tuna in food processor and pulse until meat resembles texture of ground turkey or beef. In large mixing bowl combine garlic, soy sauce, molasses, green onions, red pepper, Vidalia onions, sesame oil, herbal seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Add tuna. With clean bare hands, mix all ingredients until uniformly distributed. Divide into four parts and shape into flat patties.
2. Coat grill pan with olive oil spray. Place over medium heat. Place patties in grill pan, cook for 2 minutes and flip. Cook for another 2 minutes. This will make a rare burger. If you want your burger medium to well done, cook for another 2 minutes on both sides.
3. Meanwhile, cut buns in half (if they aren’t already separated) and toast lightly. Spread bottom half with hummus. Place lettuce greens of your choice on top and set the burger on top of that. Add condiments of your choice and serve immediately.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet.*
About Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet
Since transforming her body, health and life at age 40, New York Times best-selling author Tosca Reno has become an inspiration to millions through her motivational columns and her series of Eat-Clean Diet books. The star of her own show called Tosca: Flexing at 49 which was featured on Oprah’s OWN network, has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, The Doctors, Fox & Friends, EXTRA TV and numerous other TV and Radio Shows nationwide. She has also graced covers and been featured in many magazines. Today at 52 years old, Tosca is a mother of four and has never looked or felt better. She has dedicated her life to following the Eat-Clean Diet lifestyle and helping others do the same.