Fish Burger with Wasabi & Lemon Sauce

It’s pretty interesting to notice that certain types of “junk food” or simple comfort food can suddenly become a new culinary trend. It happened to meatballs for instance; restaurant Meatballs is doing great business in cities like NYC and London and many other restaurants placed the traditional simple meatball as a posh dish on their menu. There’s a gourmet mayonnaise store in New York, there are several grilled cheese-restaurants and then there’s the burger.

From very exclusive burger dishes with wagyu beef, truffles or foie gras to popular restaurants that claim to serve the “perfect basic burger”; burgers are more popular than ever. I wrote about de Burgermeester in Amsterdam before and this Fish Burger is based on one of my favorite dishes there.


fish burger visburger lemon wasabi mayonnaise






I think this is the ultimate burger for summer. It’s comforting, juicy, fresh, has a nice salty kick from the capers and is pretty light (but very satisfying too).








It combines perfectly with the fresh lemon mayonnaise with spicy wasabi. I used a grill pan, but it’s also delicious prepared on a BBQ.


fish burger visburger lemon wasabi mayonnaise


Fish Burger with Wasabi & Lemon Mayonnaise

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4 burgers


1.3 lb (600 gr.) white fish filet (i.e. catfish/cod/tilapia)
1 tablespoon capers
3 spring onions, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
4 bread rolls
For the sauce:
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
wasabi, to taste


  1. Divide fish in half. Place one half in food processor and process until smooth. Chop other half into little pieces.
  2. Mix all fish with capers, spring onions and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Form into four patties and place in fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  3. Brush burgers with a little olive oil and grill in a grill pan until cooked (about 4-5 minutes each side).
  4. Meanwhile, mix all sauce ingredients and add wasabi to taste.
  5. Top bread rolls with lettuce, grilled fish burger and sauce. Serve.

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