FIU On The Forefront Of Hospitality Training

Feb 20, 2014

02/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Mike Hampton Dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality at FIU.   Hospitality is an important part of our economy and FIU is on the forefront of new ideas and training for the industry. 

 ~~Dinner in Minutes~~ 

Texas Tuna Burger with Jalapeno Mayonnaise

This quick meal is from Linda's latest book, Prevention’s Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes: Over 175 Delicious, Healthy Recipes in 30 Minutes of Less. You won’t have to give up the food you love with a month of meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and 9 quick and easy parties.

These burgers get their bang from Jalapeno peppers that are mixed into mayonnaise.   Scallions and onion flavor fresh tuna for these juicy tuna burgers.  

Texas Tuna Burgers with Jalapeno Mayonnaise

Helpful Hints:

  • Whole grain hamburger rolls can be substituted for whole wheat.
  • Canned jalapeno peppers can be used instead of fresh.


  • Prepare ingredients.
  • Assemble dessert.
  • Make burgers.


1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
6 ounces fresh tuna, chopped
2 scallions, sliced (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup frozen chopped onion
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil spray
2 whole wheat hamburger rolls (about 3 ounces)
1 small tomato, sliced
2 Romaine lettuce leaves

Chop jalapeno peppers in a food processor fittedwith a chopping blade. Remove and mix with the mayonnaise. Set aside.   Without washing the food processor bowl, add thetuna, scallions, and onion and chop.   Addsalt and pepper to taste. Form into 2 patties, about 4-inches diameter and1/2-inch thick.   Heat a nonstick skilleton medium-high and spray with olive oil spray.  Add burgers and saute 2 minutes.  Turn and saute 2 minutes.   Placeeach burger on the bottom half of a hamburger roll. Place several slices oftomato on each burger and lettuce leaves over the tomato.   Spread the mayonnaise on the top half of theroll and close.   

Here are the ingredients you'll need for tonight's Dinner in Minutes:

To buy:

  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 small bunch scallions
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 package frozen chopped or diced onion
  • 1 small package whole wheat hamburger rolls
  • 6 ounces fresh tuna
  • 1 small head Romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 small container strawberries


  • Reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • Olive oil spray



Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 20 books including her newest, The Flavors of the Florida Keys and Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.  Follow Linda on Twitter: @LGassenheimer, Facebook: