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An Asian Tuna Burger Menu

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Serve these bunless burgers with a cool rice noodle salad and ginger-tinged melon.

This quick, light menu for four is full of bright, spicy, and cooling flavors—perfect for casual summer entertaining.

Menu Timeline

At least 1 hour or up to 4 hours ahead:

  • Make the ginger syrup.
  • Shape the tuna burgers.
  • Make the burger dipping sauce.
  • Make the dressing for noodle salad.

Forty minutes before dinner:

  • Cook the rice noodles and let them drain.
  • Chop the herbs and vegetables for the noodle salad.

Twenty minutes before dinner:

  • Cut the melon into cubes.
  • Assemble the rice noodle salad.
  • Cook the tuna burgers.

After dinner:

  • Toss the melon cubes with ginger syrup and mint just before serving.

Shopping List

Fresh Produce

  • 5-8 lb. assorted melons, such as seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, Persian, or casaba
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 large or 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small red onion or 2 scallions
  • 1 large bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 large bunch fresh mint
  • 3 limes
  • 2 fresh jalapeno or 3 serrano or Thai bird chiles
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 6-inch-long piece fresh ginger (1 inch wide)

Meat, Fish & Eggs

  • 1 lb. fresh sushi-grade tuna fillet

Other Groceries

  • 6 oz. dried rice noodles (medium-width)
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce

Pantry Staples

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black peppercorns

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