Tilapia Fish Burgers

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Tilapia Fish Burgers that are healthy, packed with flavor, and make a great, lighter alternative to a traditional burgers that are ready in under 20 minutes.

293 CALORIES 28g CARBS 8g FAT 29g PROTEIN
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Tilapia Fish Burgers probably aren't what you think of immediately when it comes to a burger, but you will be shocked by how delicious these simple fish burgers can be. Flavored with ingredients you already have in your pantry, these simple burgers are full of flavor and seriously good.

Burgers are something I can almost always get everyone to agree on for dinner.  Fish not so much.  So a fish burger is a happy compromise that usually works for everyone.  I decided to use tilapia for this burger since it's inexpensive and I don't feel like I am "wasting" it on a burger recipe.  However another sturdy white fish or salmon would work great as well depending on what you like best.  Topped with some fresh avocado, tomatoes, and sprouts - it's a delicious, lighter buger you'll love.

Since tilapia can be on the bland side, it's important to add tons of flavor to your burgers. In this case, I used a combination of garlic, Dijon mustard, paprika, onion powder, basil, salt, and pepper to kick up the flavors. However you could really spice them up any way you want. I have made blackened fish burgers with chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder and simple lemon pepper burgers with lemon zest, Parmesan, and tons of black pepper. Think of tilapia like you would ground turkey or chicken - it's kind of a blank canvas you can spice up any way you like.  

Tilapia Fish Burgers with a simple yogurt sauce and cucumber.

In terms of topping these burgers, normally I just go with something simple like some sliced avocado, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and lettuce or sprouts. However, when I am feeling more ambitious, I will whip up a simple yogurt dressing or lightened up tartar sauce to dollop on top.  For the yogurt dressing, I usually just add crushed garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and fresh herbs to full fat yogurt. For a lightened up tartar sauce, mix equal parts yogurt, low fat mayonnaise, and relish. 

How do you make a fish burger?

One of the questions I hear most is how to make a fish burger using any type of fish or even shrimp.  There are two basic methods for creating fish burgers. You can either create a fish patty with a food processor or you can simply bread a piece of fish to use as a burger. Here's how to make both:

  • Fish patty: The basic recipe for a fish patty will be one pound of fish/shrimp, 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, and 1 egg. Then you add any kinds of spices or seasoning you like. Old Bay is a good option if you want a flavorful seafood seasoning. Pulse the fish in a food processor until it is just chopped. Combine with the egg, breadcrumbs, and spices. Form into patties and place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes so the patties firm up.
  • Breaded fish filet: To make more a breaded fish filet, you simply need to dip the dish into an egg wash and then press into breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs will be the crispiest option and you can season them with just about anything. Then cook the filet in a hot skillet with a touch of oil or bake it at 400 degrees on a wire rack for 8-10 minutes.

Here are some things to keep in mind when making these Tilapia Fish Burgers:

  • While I normally use tilapia for these burgers since it is affordable, almost any fish will work. I have made these with salmon, cod, haddock, and even with shrimp.
  • You can flavor these fish burgers so many differrent ways. I love the classic combination of spices I included below but you can also mix things up to create your own combination. Try making things spicy with chili powder, smoky with cumin, or brighten up the flavors with lemon or orange zest. 
  • You can go crazy when it comes to topping these burgers, so get creative. Avocado, tomatoes, and sprouts are simple and delicious toppings. You can also make your own homemade tartar sauce and yogurt spreads. And if you like spice, Sriracha is always a good option.

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Here are some of the products and tools I used to make these burgers.

  • Food processor: I have had this food processor for years and absolutely love it. The blades have never dulled and the engine still works great after years of use. Plus I love all the attachments, it makes for very easy vegetable slicing and dicing.

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The Recipe

Tilapia Fish Burgers

Adapted from howsweeteats.com
PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 20 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. tilapia
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 U egg
  • 1 U egg white
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 U garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 U reduced calorie hamburger buns
  • 1/2 U avocado
  • 1 U tomato, sliced
  • 1 U cucumber, sliced

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Instructions

  1. Pulse the fish in a food processor until just chopped.
  2. Combine the fish with the breadcrumbs, egg, egg white, mustard, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, basil, and onion powder.
  3. Form into patties. If needed place the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes before forming patties. It will help them stay together.
  4. Brush burgers with vegetable oil.
  5. Cook in a medium hot skillet for about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Serve on toasted buns with avocado and your favorite burger toppings.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293
Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
14%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 103mg
35%
Sodium 1061mg
46%
Total Carbohydrate 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 4g
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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February 6, 2016 - 12:24
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This is the first time I've ever chopped fish in a food processor. It makes sense but never consider it before. This dish is de-lic-ious! It is better than any restaurant fish burger and so full of flavor and filling that I couldn't even eat it all at one go. This is one of our favorites!
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