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Mediterranean Tuna Burgers with Aioli
This flavorful dish goes in a Mediterranean direction. It's delicious with aioli- or another mayonnaises (such as lemon or saffron).

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks or fillets
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground in spice grinder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
olive oil for coating the skillet
4 sesame rolls or English muffins, toasted
6 to 8 tablespoons aioli

Directions:
1. Trim tuna, removing skin, gristle, and any dark meat. Chop by hand until tuna is the texture of coarse hamburger meat. Chop it as evenly as possible. Place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Combine mustard, thyme, ground fennel, cayenne, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Add to the chopped tuna and fold together carefully, making sure the mustard is evenly distributed. Divide tuna into 4 balls, and gently flatten into 1-inch-thick patties.
3. Heat a large skillet over moderately high heat. Coat bottom of skillet with a thin film of olive oil. When oil is hot, cook patties about 2 minutes per side, until nice and golden on the outside and rare to medium-rare on the inside.
4. Serve on toasted sesame rolls or English muffins, slathered with aioli.

Tuna's resemblance to beef is really emphasized when you make hamburgers out of it; like beef burgers, tuna burgers should be cooked rare to medium-rare. Unlike beef burgers -- which have a wonderful, intrinsic flavor -- the relatively tasteless tuna burgers are great when piqued by strong flavorings. This flavorful dish goes in a Mediterranean direction. It's delicious with aioli -- or another mayonnaises (such as lemon or saffron). Makes 4 tuna burgers.