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Fish Burger with Charred Lettuce and Tarragon Mayo

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com
Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll.  This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes!

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

When I hear the words fish burgers, I think of two things. McDonalds Fillet ‘O Fish and the Krabby Patties at the Crusty Crab in Sponge Bob Square Pants.
I don’t know why this would be the case!

Because
A) I very very rarely visit McDonalds (I am a Burger King girl! – well Hungry Jacks here in Australia) and when I do I don’t order fillet ‘O fish.
And
B) I really am not a sponge bob fan, and neither are my kids. They may have it on occasionally but that is usually when they have switched the TV on ready for a different show to start.

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

So yes, why fish burgers should conjure up those thoughts I have no idea, but it does.

HOWEVER!!! This burger is nothing like a maccers burger and it doesn’t belong at the Crusty Crab. This burger is gourmet eating at it’s best. Imagine a bistro pub, a nice glass of artisan pale ale and this burger. Maybe with the sea some where close by, or maybe in a bustling city in the hip part of town. This burger is perfect for that!

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

A flaky white fillet of fish, lightly coated in flour and then fried until crisp. Served in a soft roll with charred lettuce and a tarragon mayonnaise. So delicious! Oh and don’t forget the charred lemon, sweet, sour and smoky all at once.

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

I make my tarragon mayonnaise from scratch, but I have included included directions for turning your jar of store bought mayo into this gourmet treat! But if you have ever made homemade mayo I do urge you to try it. It is so simple, I cross my heart promise!!! In fact not that long ago I made mayonnaise on facebook live, holding my camera phone in one had. Yup I made one handded mayonnaise in about a minute. Check it out the facebook video here!
And for a more relaxed and detailed version check out my full video in this mayonnaise post.

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

I love all burgers, but this fish burger holds a special place in my heart, because it is oh so pretty, oh so delicious and I think a little bit different!

Can’t wait for you to try it!!!

Enjoy x


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Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This burger is a flavour explosion and perfect way to enjoy fish.
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Fish Burger with Charred Lettuce and Tarragon Mayo
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This burger is a flavour explosion and perfect way to enjoy fish.

Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 4 skinless fillets white fish (~125g/4.5oz each) – See notes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 soft bread rolls – sliced open
  • 2 lemons – cut in half
For the mayo
  • 250 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp fresh tarragon
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1 egg
Instructions
Start by making the mayonnaise
  1. Pour the oil into a jug that will fit the heat of your stick blender.
  2. Add in the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper and tarragon.

  3. Then careful crack the egg in, be careful not to break the yolk.
  4. Place the head of the stick blender over the yolk and then turn the speed to high and slowly bring the blender up through the oil.
  5. You should have a glossy tarragon mayonnaise within seconds.

To make the burger
  1. Mix the flour, salt and white pepper together in a shallow bowl.
  2. Add each fillet of fish and give it a light dusting of the flour.
  3. Place a large heavy based fry pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it is hot, add the fish and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Turn the heat on the fry pan up to high and once it is smoking hot add the lettuce leaves and the extra vigin olive oil.
  5. Allow the lettuce to char and spit. Once it has some colour and is glossy from the oil, remove from the pan and sit it on top of the fish.

  6. Add the lemon to the pan, cut side down and turn off the heat. Levae the lemons to char whilst you assemble the burger.
  7. Add a good layer of the mayo to the bottom of each bun. Add a fillet of fish and two charred lettuce leaves.
  8. Remove the charred lemon wedges from the pan and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Any good flaky white fish will work, I like to use barramundi, but cod/haddock/pollack would be a good choice.

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Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

Crispy fish with a delicious tarragon mayonnaise and sweet charred lettuce, all served in a soft white bread roll. This fish burger is a flavour explosion and the perfect way to enjoy fish. And ready in under 15 minutes! From www.sprinklesandsprouts.com

 

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  5. As a kid, I loooooved the fish fillet sandwiches at McD’s… but as an adult I don’t really eat there. I can’t remember when I last went! That being said, this sandwich is waaaay more my style now. I’m with Brian, definitely has grill potential for summer. But tarragon mayo may not wait that long. I love tarragon sauces!

    1. Reply

      I used to love the rib thing they used to do. (I dread to think what was in it!!!)
      I hope you enjoy the mayo….it is great with seared steak too 😀

  6. I cannot get enough seafood, and the fact that this is in the form of a burger makes it even more desirable! The charred lemon (and tarragon mayo) are in all forms, the icing on this cake. Love this recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Dan 😀
      It is one of our favourite ways to enjoy fish!

  7. I saw 15 minute meal and I was hooked, then I saw one handed mayonnaise in under a minute and I was double hooked. These look great! And now I simply cannot walk away without tracking down the mayonnaise video! Fast easy meals are my favorite and ones with flavor and homemade goodness are even better! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kristina 😀

      I love making mayo at home, it is so much better than anything you can buy in the store. The one handed mayo video is over on my facebook page (I made it on a facebook live video) the one on my site is a slightly less frantic version 😉

  8. I have some tilapia in the freezer that I’m not sure what to do with. I didn’t really want to make tacos with them or serve them with rice but I’d never thought to use them for a fish sandwich. Genius!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Meaghan, Yes get that fish out and get some burger going on 😀
      I have never had tilapia (as have never seen it for sale here in Australia) but I bet it will taste great!

  9. Reply

    You had me at 15 minutes Claire! And that tarragon mayo sounds delightful. I saw your one handed mayo video haha, and it was so much fun. In fact it actually made me attempt mayonnaise for the first time at home and I’m happy to report that it was a successssss.

    1. Reply

      I am so pleased you tried the mayo, it is so easy isn’t it?

      And 15 minute meals, they are the best!!!!!

  10. Reply

    We go crazy for fish in my family, and these burgers look perfect. What a delicious recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Rosemary, fish burgers always go down well with my boys! After a proper English fish and chips I think burgers would be next on their list 😀

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  12. Reply

    O that sounds fabulous! Love the charred lettuce and tarragon!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Rebecca. I have a love of charred foods 😉

  13. This fish burger looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Reply

      I hope you love it as much as we did Sam.

  14. McDonald’s fillet o’ fish was the first thing I thought as I clicked through from Facebook to check this out and, wow, this is no McD’s sandwich! First, HOMEMADE mayo – yes! Love that you did this from scratch 🙂 Two, that charred lemon is such a brilliant idea, and three, that fish looks perfectly cooked – love the crispy brown edges. This is quite a burger, Claire 🙂

    1. Reply

      I wonder why fish burger makes us think of McDonalds?!?!?!

      I love homemade mayo, I am always making a batch! And charred lemons are my latest food obsession!!! 😉

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  16. These burgers look infinitely better than McDonalds! This is looking like dinner tonight..!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Michelle, I hope you enjoyed them 😀

  17. Reply

    Fish is the way to my heart and this is a perfect way to make it happy! Beautiful photos, too!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Dan.
      I have been doing so much work on my photos I think it is finally starting to pay off 😀

  18. In South Florida fresh fish is readily available and we eat it all the time, but rarely do I make sandwiches with it. I’m kicking myself now, because this looks heavenly and that tarragon aioli sounds delicious!

    1. Reply

      We love burgers and sandwiches so anything I can put between bread is always a winner in my house!
      So lucky to have all that fresh fish!!!

  19. Reply

    Yes! I so rarely see a recipe for a fish burger! Looks fantastic.

    1. Reply

      I know, they don’t seem to be very popular, but I have no idea why!!!!

  20. Reply

    This is such a great idea! I’m always looking for new fish ideas. And tarragon mayonnaise – wow!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Lizzie! Hope you get to try it soon 😀

  21. Wow! Those photos make my mouth water! That tarragon mayo sounds so delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Reply

      Hehe, I think food photos that make your mouth water are the only kind to look at 😉

  22. Reply

    This looks amazing! A much healthier option than a high fat beef burger too!

    1. Reply

      Thank you 😀
      I like to add as much fish to the kids diet as I can!

  23. Reply

    Oh man this sounds delicious, I am typically fairly scathing about up market fish finger sarnies but this is something else all together the tarragon in the mayo sounds awesome… I am reckon this could be turned into an awesome BBQ dish in the summer, I have a cunning plan and it may or may not involve some local catfish 😀

    1. Reply

      I hear you, fish finger sandwiches were the food of my childhood!!!!

      I think on the barbie sounds like a great plan!!!! (and very aussie!!!)

      Look forward to seeing it when summer hits you 😀

  24. Omggggggg love..I have some cod in the freezer right now- this is happening! Looks so good!

    1. Reply

      Hehe, yeah!!! get that fish defrosting 😀

      Enjoy!

  25. Reply

    Hi Claire. I simply cannot eat fast food any more, my belly is used to real, home cooked food. This will be on the menu very soon, the tarragon mayo works so well here. Would love to go to a pub with you and have a fish sandwich and a beer (or three).

    1. Reply

      I occasionally take the kids to the drive through but I much prefer a homemade version of fast food.

      I cannot think of anything better than an afternoon in the pub catching up with you my friend xx

  26. Reply

    Fish burgers make me think, “oh, I’m really hungry right now”. Because I love them! This looks amazing. Tarragon mayonnaise and charred lemon? Amen. I’ll take with a craft beer please!

    1. Reply

      I find that all blogs seem to make me feel hungry even when I have just eaten 😉

      Pass me a craft beer too please 😀

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