Pan-Seared Tuna Burger / Green Olive-Yogurt Relish

Fresh tuna is in season in the spring in Greece. These burgers are a delicious alternative to beef!
10 min
20 min


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna finely chopped or ground in the food processor
  • 2 yellow onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons polenta or coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • Olive oil for pan-searing
  • For the Green Olive-Yogurt Relish
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons green olive pate or paste
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pepper to taste
  • For garnish: sliced tomatoes raw onion slices and fresh arugula


  1. In a large, stainless steel mixing bowl, combine the ground tuna, chopped onions, cornmeal or polenta, egg, salt, pepper, and oregano. Let the mixture stand, refrigerated, for 30 minutes.
  2. Shape into 6 three-inch / 7.5-cm burgers.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a ribbed, nonstick skillet. Place the tuna burgers a few at a time in the hot pan and sear, turning once, until browned on both sides. Cook to desired doneness.
  4. To make the relish: mix together the yogurt, olive paste, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Serve the burgers hot, over pumpernickel, whole wheat, or olive bread, topped or garnished with the tomato slices, onions, and arugula, and with the yogurt-olive relish on the side.

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