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Tuna Burgers

My family was so accustomed to a typical beef burger that they were hesitant to try these when I first made them. Any skepticism disappeared after one bite. —Kim Stoller, Smithville, Ohio
  • 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


  • Mix first 6 ingredients; fold in tuna. Shape into 4 patties.
  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Cook patties until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve on buns. If desired, top with lettuce and tomato.
Health Tip: Lighten up this burger by using reduced-fat mayonnaise and brushing the patties with 1 Tbsp. butter. Then use your broiler instead of pan-frying. You’ll save 75 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 417 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 710mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Dennis
    Jan 16, 2021

    I have been making these for years! My family loves them, but do have a couple of changes. I also add diced red/yellow/green pepper and instead of chili sauce I use Franks Red Hot sauce. Form the patties place on parchment on a sheet pan and bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes. They come out fantastic!!! Plus no frying less oil les calories!! Once cooled refrigerate for 3-4 days. Great for lunch the next day!

  • John
    Dec 19, 2020

    I substituted Mayo for cream of celery was very good

  • Summy
    Aug 18, 2020

    Yummy! I like them cold the next day, straight from the fridge!

  • Pamela
    Jun 2, 2020

    No comment left

  • bjpalmer
    Jan 21, 2019

    These are delicious tuna burgers! I’ve made them several times for my husband and me for dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Rob
    Jun 28, 2018

    Awesome recipe, My whole life I've been eating Fried Salmon Patties and never thought of trying Tuna that way, I'm on a Diet to lower my Blood Pressure, so I added garlic

  • Saudbox
    Feb 28, 2017

    Made these yesterday for supper, changed one thing I used chopped green onion instead of regular just because that's what I had on hand. My husband loved them he said he could eat these everyday. We also topped are burgers with lettuce, tomato and tarter sauce and he also added cheese. Very very good, defiantly a keeper. Thx Kim

  • jstowellsupermom
    Feb 13, 2017

    Whole family LOVED these!! We topped our burgers with some cheese & tartar sauce. Super quick & easy meal.

  • Shoes58
    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
    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.