Simple Easy Tuna Burgers

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Simple Easy Tuna Burgers |

Lest you think all we eat around here in the summer is dessert (for proof-otherwise, see here, here, and here – summertime desserts are so fruity, so I don’t feel as guilty), here’s a delicious and quick weeknight meal I recently discovered and have added to my monthly rotation: Tuna burgers. If you don’t like tuna salad (like me), you may very well fall for these guys, because they don’t taste at all like mayo-ed up tuna. They’re filling, yet light, and go equally well on a burger bun as on top of fresh summer greens.

I served these tuna burgers on top of a salad of mixed baby greens (love the Trader Joe’s bagged version), quinoa, and cherry tomatoes, with a home-made “kind-of” Caesar dressing (a bit of light mayo, Worcestershire sauce, sweet chili sauce, cider vinegar, garlic powder, and salt & pepper) that I just made up on the fly. It was so good for lunch the next day, I was sad I didn’t have more leftovers for the following day too!

What other ways have you found to serve canned tuna? Let us know in the comments; I’d love to have other recipes.

Simple Easy Tuna Burgers |

Simple Easy Tuna Burgers


These tuna burgers are a great way to use up canned tuna without that mayo-ed up taste.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes per batch
Total Time: 18 minutes
Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 2-12 oz cans chunk light tuna in water (don’t drain the water)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • dash of salt and pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tuna, breadcrumbs, and eggs, and mix to combine.
  2. Add in the diced bell pepper, onion, green onions, cumin, paprika, and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  3. Shape tuna mixture into patties. Depending on size, you could get anywhere from 6-10 patties.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet and cook patties until browned on both sides. Place patties on a paper towel to drain. Work in batches.
  5. Serve with your choice of buns, lettuce, tomato, avocado, etc. or on a bed of greens.

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