Miso Tuna Burgers in Muffin Form with Sprouted Mung Bean

I’ve got a nice solution to the the dilemma of what to eat for dinner or pack for lunch during a busy work week when your cupboards and refrigerator may not be overflowing.  You could call it a Murger (muffin + burger). Or a Mini Burgatatta (burger + fritatta).

I regret that it’s been scarce in the birgerbird blogosphere lately, because:

1.  I’m now working full-time and when the commute is added, I’m gone from home and all cooking fun for approximately 12 hours.  If I work out or do something else in addition to work, it’s more than 12.

2.  Lack of natural light during the hours I am home, as well as a lack of artificial light camera tools.

3.  The last thing I want to do on the weekends when I am not working, is do anything with food other than cook and enjoy it.  Meaning, no photography or plating and styling acrobatics are happening.

However, I did have a spontaneous blog moment this morning, just in time to join one of my favorite party hosts Elaine when I decided to fix something for dinner tonight with the dregs of our kitchen cabinets and refrigerator so that I wouldn’t have to shop on the way home, and took advantage of the early “summer” we’re having with bright early sunshine.  I am also so excited about our new host Caroline.  I just discovered her blog recently and have been reading through it this morning.  I love, love her blog . . . . the food is really my style.  And I wish she would post some videos because I love a Scottish accent.  Anyhow . . . .

In the kitchen we had tuna, arugula, eggs, flour (millions of kinds of flour, always), garlic, ginger, onion and a handful of sprouted sunflower seeds and sprouted mung beans from the farmer’s market.  I thought these ingredients would make for a great tuna burger with the addition of miso, but I didn’t want to flip burgers . . . . enter my trusty silpat muffin cups.  Everything went into a bowl (1 can tuna, 4 eggs, 1/3 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup mixed sprouted mungbeans and sunflower seeds, 1 clove garlic chopped, 1 inch piece of ginger, “zested,” salt, pepper, 1 Tbsp. miso) and into 2 muffin cups.  They baked in a 350F oven on a cookie sheet I poured about a cup of water into, so as to keep muffins a little moist, for 30 minutes.

tuna muffins (9 of 11)


tuna muffins (4 of 11)

tuna muffins (3 of 11)

tuna muffins (2 of 11)


tuna muffins (8 of 11)

tuna muffins (7 of 11)

tuna muffins (6 of 11)

I think I’ve found a new lunch and dinner idea in these savory “muffin”/burgers.  There’s no frying mess, you can freeze them, and a meal is as easy as popping one into the oven to re-warm over a mound of greens or roasted veggies, or sliced and onto bread or bun, or broken up and tucked into a pita pocket.  Fabulous.  And this particular combination, I confess, is really really delicious.

Have a great Fiesta Friday and weekend!


32 Comments on “Miso Tuna Burgers in Muffin Form with Sprouted Mung Bean

  1. Wow Sue, those muffin burgers are gorgeous. Great idea and I love that you can make in advance and freeze for tuture use. They sound really delicious and are incredibly creative.

    • well, thanks Suzanne. The miso really is one of those things (as you know — your miso glazed root veggies!) that improves everything. I add it to my bone broth and sip away during these cold months!

  2. I was just trying to decide what to make for lunch and you completely solved my problem for me! Thanks for the recipe idea and happy FF

  3. Another inspiring recipe. I make a similar recipe but never thought to add miso. Great idea!

  4. What a great idea! I have made some savory squash, feta and sunflower seed muffins before, but I really like the sound of these, and as you say they are pretty adaptable to eat in different ways which is always helpful. Thanks for bringing them along to Fiesta Friday, and so kind to say you like my blog! I’m afraid I don’t have all that much of a Scottish accent, though – for one, I am from Edinburgh which doesn’t have as strong an accent anyway, plus too many years away from there. But in the odd words, it comes out a bit!

  5. Waw, dear Sue! Your special tasty inviting muffins look amazing & just so special too!
    Beautiful photos too! xxxx

  6. Wow! A perfect complete lunch, how clever! And 12 hours out of the house!!! Golly, you must be exhausted! Hope it’s all going okay xx

  7. Oh yum, I love the easy recipe in this. 🙂 They look amazing! Am a big fan of the mung beans in this. Delicious. 🙂
    Oh as for the working and lighting, I totally understand what you are saying. I don’t have a long way to work but have to work long hours and that sucks in terms of blogging. I do a lot on the weekend really. However, I bought some lighting equipment. It makes my life so much easier in winter time. Thank god the days are getting longer though. 🙂 Have a great week, Sue. 🙂

  8. I missed you lately- went to your site to see what the story was and realized that I’m not getting your posts in my reader!?!?! :/ SO annoying. Glad all is well- hope you are enjoying your full-time employment too! Hopefully WordPress will get it together & put you back into my life too! ❤

    • Haha thank you Josette, that has actually happened to me more than once where I could have sworn I subscribed, and yet I don’t get the posts in my reader. Weird!

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