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.