Wild Halibut Burgers by Pamela Salzman

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Wild Halibut Burgers

Ingredients for Halibut Burgers

  • 1 to 11/4 pounds wild halibut fillet, skinless, pin bones removed

  • 1 large egg, or 1/4 cup mayonnaise or soy-free Vegenaise

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 small shallot, minced

  • 1/4 cup DF panko bread crumbs (GF, if necessary) or certified-GF oat flour

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems, finely chopped (dill is also nice)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Accompaniments: toasted buns (GF, if necessary), arugula, avocado, garlic aioli, or tartar sauce

Ingredients for Tartar Sauce (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill pickles or cornichons

  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon coarse-grain mustard

  • ½ cup soy-free Vegenaise, mayonnaise (not vegan), or plain Greek yogurt (not vegan/DF)

  • A dash of hot sauce, such as Tabasco

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

    DIrections for Burger

    1. Cut one fourth (i.e., about 4 ounces) of the halibut into 2-inch pieces. Place those pieces in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and add the egg, mustard, lemon zest and juice, and cayenne. Use the pulse button and process just until a paste is made. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

    2. Cut the remaining halibut into 1/4-inch pieces. Add to the processed halibut mixture.

    3. Add the minced shallot, panko, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to taste and 
    gently stir until combined. The mixture will seem like a sloppy mess. It’s okay.

    4. Line a platter or a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper so you can get the 
    burgers off the platter easily later. Form the mixture into four or five 4-inch-wide, 
    3/4-inch-thick patties. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 12 hours ahead. 
    This step helps bind the burgers.

    5. Heat the olive oil in a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat or to 375°F on a 
    griddle. Add the patties (in batches, if necessary) and cook until browned on the bottom, 4 to 
    5 minutes, adjusting the heat if necessary. Turn and cook until the other side is browned and 
    the patties feel firm in the center, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately with your desired accompaniments.

    Directions for Tartar

    Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Keep refrigerated. Can be made 2 to 3 days ahead. Stir before serving.

    Recipe source: Pamela Salzman on Home and Family

    Photo source: author’s own


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