Fish Burger With Tartar Sauce

Fish Burger with Tartar Sauce

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 2 to 4 servings

There's something about fish burgers that transports you to summer, even if it's cold outside!

For this recipe we used halibut but any firm, dense fish will do: such as cod, salmon, or even tuna. The fish is coated in a tempura-like batter, grilled, and then served on a toasted bun with homemade tartar sauce and a side of hand-cut potato chips.

The tartar sauce is a simple mixture of mayonnaise, diced cornichons (small gherkins), Spanish onion, and capers.

The chips are paper-thin slices of potato fried only for a few seconds. The result: crispy, salty chips—the perfect accompaniment!


  • For the Tartar Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 onion (diced)
  • 15 capers
  • 6 cornichons (or small gherkins, diced)
  • For the Tempura Battered Fish:
  • 2 halibut fillets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • For the Burgers:
  • 1 handful mixed lettuce
  • 2 to 4 hamburger buns
  • For the Hand Cut Chips:
  • 1 to 2 medium potatoes (thinly sliced and dried on paper towels)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups vegetable oil (or sunflower oil for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Pre-heat the grill.

  2. First, prepare the tartar sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, cornichons, onion, and capers. Set aside.

  3. Thinly slice the potatoes and place them on a paper towel to dry.

  4. Heat the oil on high heat in a medium saucepan.

  5. Place the potato slices into the oil and fry for about a minute or until golden brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Make sure that you remove all of the chips from the oil before cooking the fish.

  6. In a mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder and water with a fork. Add the fish fillets and coat well. Gently lower the fish into the oil and fry about 3 to 4 minutes or until the batter is golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.

  7. Meanwhile, place your buns on the grill and lightly toast them for a minute or so.

  8. Assemble the burgers by spreading on a layer of tartar sauce, followed by mixed lettuce, a fish fillet, a bit more sauce and then the bun top. Enjoy!