Make Your Own Mini Fish Burgers

a photo of three mini fish burgers next to each other for Lunch Lady Magazine

A good fish burger is a divine meal to enjoy. The batter should be crispy, the fish flakey and juicy, and the bun should be soft. Then, you want to add the perfect amount of condiments. Avoid disappointment at your local fast food outlet (you know the brand that we're talking about) and make your own mini fish burgers at home instead. 


Mini Fish Burgers

You will need:

  • 300g / 10.58oz rockling or firm white fish
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • 4 little buns
  • butter lettuce


For the tartare sauce:

  • 160g / 5.64oz whole-egg mayo
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped tarragon
  • 1 tbsp finely sliced chives
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying


What to do:

  1. Cut the fish into uniformed squares around 1cm thick.
  2. Dust with flour, place in egg and then press into breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix all tartare ingredients together and add extra white wine vinegar to taste.
  4. In the meantime, bring a steaming pot to boil. Reduce to simmer until you finish preparing the fish.
  5. In a heavy-based pot, heat the vegetable oil to 180°C / 356°F. Fry each fish fillet until cooked. This should take around 2–3 minutes. Place fish on a cooling rack.
  6. Bring the water back to the boil and place in your buns just above the water, so they get a good steaming. Tip: You want to time steaming the buns with cooking the fish, so the fish won’t go cold while you’re waiting for the water to boil.
  7. Once the buns are nice and squishy, remove and build your burgers. First the butter lettuce and then the fish, American cheese and topped off with tartare.


Make Your Own Fish Burgers was originally published in Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 19. Recipe by Rafael Rashid, styling by Beci Orpin and photography by Jacinta Moore.

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