Tuna Burgers

tuna burger

From MedInsteadofMeds.com

Tuna makes a surprisingly delicious burger option. This recipe is a quick and easy crowd pleaser that makes dinner or lunch a breeze. Leftover patties refrigerate well and can be eaten the next day (cold or reheated) for a convenient and satisfying meal at work or home. Top your burger with your favorite garnish to make this burger your own.


  • 2 (5-ounce) cans of tuna packed in water or olive oil, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup whole-grain bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup minced celery
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ¼ cup minced red bell pepper (option: roast or sauté pepper first for added flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 whole-grain hamburger buns or English muffins, toasted
  • 6 leaves of lettuce
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • Mustard (optional)


  • In a medium bowl combine tuna, ½ cup bread crumbs, egg, celery, onion, bell pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Break up any large pieces of tuna until the mixture is uniform and holds together.
  • Form six patties with tuna mixture. Coat each side with remaining ½ cup bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook each patty until heated through and golden brown (approximately 5-7 minutes on each side).
  • Serve patties on whole-grain hamburger bun or English muffin. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, and mustard (optional).

Nutrition Information per Serving (based on patty alone):

Makes 6 servings; serving size: 1 patty

  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Vegetables: ¼ cup
  • Fruits: 0 cups
  • Calories: 242 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 32 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 14 grams
  • Fat: 7 grams
  • Sodium: 430 mg


  • These make great appetizers. Make smaller patties and use mini buns, plain, or on puff pastry and serve as a unique hors d’oeuvre.
  • Fun Tip: To make homemade breadcrumbs, use your favorite whole-grain bread, tear bread into pieces, and process in a blender or food processor until crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry (approximately 10 to 15 minutes). One slice of bread makes about ⅓ cup breadcrumbs.