Tuna Burgers Recipe
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Tuna Burgers Recipe

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My family was hesitant to try these burgers when I first prepared them. They were so accustomed to the typical beef burger. But any skepticism they had disappeared after one bite.—
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 pouch (6.4 ounces) light tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Lettuce leaves and sliced tomato, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 417 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 710mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. Mix first six ingredients; fold in tuna. Shape into four patties.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Cook patties until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes per side. Serve on buns with lettuce and tomato if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tuna Burgers in Taste of Home August/September 1993, p59

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 6283
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2014

"easy and inexpensive. just the ticket for us these days! it's something "else" to do with that tuna that's ALWAYS in the pantry. Thank you."

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 6021
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Our whole family really liked these burgers, which is rare. I left out the chili sauce as we don't care for anything spicy. Even so, it was excellent and a fairly inexpensive meal."

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 5232
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Our whole family really liked these burgers, which is rare. I left out the chili sauce as we don't care for anything spicy. Even so, it was excellent and a fairly inexpensive meal."

medstudentwife User ID: 6829422 6724
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Easy, delicious meal! I used fat free miracle whip instead of mayo and placed the patties in pita bread instead of buns. Awesome! I also put cucumber slices on the burger to give it a nice crunch My husband loved this meal!. He's already asked me to make it again!"

Maybake User ID: 5100035 7628
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I loved them, my husband thought they were good. Our kids said they were "ok" but they all finished them with no complaints, which speaks for itself. They really reminded me of crabcakes, and I could see myself making up some to keep handy in the fridge for quick lunches later also, as they were also as tasty when reheated later. Very good!"

mama D's User ID: 4031382 5542
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"I have made these several times since I came across the recipe. They are just delicious. They are light tasty, have had them on a bun or just the burger with a salad. excellent!!"

wanna-B-cook User ID: 4848168 6267
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"!!!!! Now, anyone that knows me knows that it is an absolute MIRACLE when I actually take the time to cook a meal...let alone a good meal! I wanted something light to eat and I was going to make a regular tuna sandwich, but I happened upon this recipe and thought, "Why not?" Well, I successfully managed to whip this tuna burger up and it was ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!!!!! I made spinach dip on the side and also used it as a garnish on my burger - DELICIOUS!!! I still can't believe how good it was! :-D"

teri100trees User ID: 4804653 7621
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"I love crab cakes and these are almost as good for a fraction of the price. I have eaten them in buns with lettuce and pepper rings and bunless with tarter sauce. I don't use mayonaise in the recipe, but Miracle Whip Lite and that cuts the fat and calories some. I have given the recipe to family too. These are great!"

Emily Johnson User ID: 1777599 4433
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010


MY REVIEW User ID: 4120394 4390
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"Would I make it again? I already did, so simple and sooo delicious."

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