Fish Taco Burgers #SundaySupper

Fish Taco Burgers

What do you do when you can’t sleep?  The other night I had a bit of trouble and tossed and turned and moaned and groaned until I finally passed out into a light sleep which left me waking up every other hour or so.

But it was a night about a month ago that left me completely and totally unable to sleep.  We had gone to dinner and were out rather late.  I also had one alcoholic drink and a couple cups of coffee.  I was wound up from an exciting night and stressed about other things on my mind.  It was the perfect storm to leave me unable to drift off to dreamland no matter how tightly I closed my eyes.

Fish Taco Burgers

Coincidentally Mom couldn’t sleep either.  This is a more normal circumstance for her, while for me it is an anomaly that leaves me feeling totally off my game.

After awhile we both gave up and watched TV.  First we finished Bloodline.  Have you watched it?  SOOOOOO good!  In fact when episode ten ended and there were no more, I kind of had a meltdown.  Only ten episodes?  Complete torture!

Then we finished a movie and started in on the OJ Simpson documentary as the sun rose and began pouring in the windows, striking just perfectly so it hit and warmed me gently.

While I definitely don’t want to make this whole no sleep thing a regular occurrence in our house, I have to admit that it wasn’t bad.  In fact, it was almost, kind of, sort of enjoyable.

Fish Taco Burgers

I don’t know how that is possible, but there’s something about being up when most of the rest of the country is asleep and just enjoying life for a bit with no responsibilities or to do lists weighing on you.  Seeing the sky go from dark to lighter and lighter was something pretty special too.

You know what else is special?  These Fish Taco Burgers.  I worked with Trident Seafoods a bit ago and discovered these Pollock burgers.  They are so easy to prepare, gluten free, and one of my favorite quick dinners.

I really enjoy jazzing them up and adding my own flavors.  So before cooking the burgers in the oven, I seasoned them with my homemade taco spice.  After cooking, I served them with corn chips on a big piece of Bibb lettuce with onion, fennel, avocado, and tons of fresh herbs.

I really love anything taco or taco inspired with a quick chimichurri too.  It adds moisture and tons of vibrant flavor.  Together, all the flavors and textures work great and make this light, healthy, gluten free meal, perfect for those busy summer weeknights.

Fish Taco Burgers

Fish Taco Burgers #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers


4 Pollock burgers

1 head Bibb lettuce, washed

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced

1 large haas avocado, thinly sliced

1 bunch cilantro, washed, large stems removed

1 bunch parsley, washed, large stems removed

Hot sauce, for serving

Spice mix

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


5 garlic cloves, finely minced

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Make the spice mix. In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander, pepper, and pepper flakes. Generously season both sides of the Pollock burgers with the mix.

Place the seasoned burgers on aluminum foil and cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for 10 additional minutes. Then increase the oven to broil and cook for 1-2 minutes, keeping a close eye, just to brown the tops of the burgers slightly.

While the burgers cook, make the chimichurri. In a medium bowl, combine garlic, vinegar, oil, and pepper. Allow flavors to blend while burgers cook. Add herbs, onion, and fennel if desired.

Serve the burgers on the Bibb lettuce with the onion, fennel, avocado, and herbs. Drizzle with hot sauce if desired and use chimichurri for dipping.

Serve immediately.


Recipe is easily doubled or tripled

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

All American Burgers & Dogs

Cluck Burgers

Worldly Burgers & Dogs

Where’s the Beef Burgers

Where’s the Bun Burger

Dessert Burger

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  1. I love love fish tacos so why haven’t I thought of making a burger like this. Such a good idea.
    Btw we watched Bloodline too. Loved it.

  2. I’m struggling to sleep through the night myself. If I have more than one glass of wine I might as well set the clock for 2 and I’ll be up until the rest of the world stirs. Your Fish Taco Burger looks amazing! We’re cutting the fat and carbs so this is a perfect addition to the dinner menu.

    • I used to find that when I had a drink I couldn’t sleep, but I have been pretty lucky lately – fingers crossed.

  3. I hate those nights where I can’t sleep but I’m glad you turned it into a fun night with your mom. Making memories like that can’t be a bad thing! Love the fish taco burger also. looks like something I have to try for the summer!

  4. I’ve fought with insomnia since I was a kid. It’s not fun, but you got these awesome burgers and time with your mom out of your bout with it, so that’s not a bad thing. 🙂

  5. Being up all night with my mom binge watching TV would be fun!
    Love that you turned the favorite fish taco into a burger.

  6. I love fish tacos so this sounds like a perfect burger!

  7. Debbie Eccard says:

    I’m often up at night and sometimes I don’t mind and like you actually like it….then other times, I just wish I could sleep. I too love anything taco or taco inspired so I am sure I would love these fish burgers…. Thanks!

  8. Bummer when you can’t sleep. Although you’re right — it’s really neat being up when the rest of the world isn’t. Anyway, what a nice recipe! Very creative way to season fish burgers. Thanks!

  9. Love the idea of the fish taco burger with chips instead of a bun. Nice!

  10. I’ve been eating a lot of fish tacos in Alaska and need to make some at home! Your addition of chimichurri was brilliant! I can totally relate to your mom—it’s no fun dealing with sleepless nights! At least you made the best of it!

    • Fish tacos are a favorite in my house. We make them all the time with leftovers and they are always a hit. Thanks, Liz!


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