Tuna Burgers

So when I was in high school and into college, I decided to become a “vegetarian”. I don’t really know why, but I just stopped liking meat. I put vegetarian in quotes because in hindsight, I was actually a pescatarian, I just had no idea that was a thing back then.

Anyway, one of the only things I would eat that wasn’t a side dish was tuna burgers my mom would often make for me. I totally forgot about them until recently! We were lucky enough to hit Costco before things got really crazy and got a big pack of tuna. It’s tuna burger time!

Tuna Burgers

These burgers couldn’t be easier. Just drain a can of tuna and mix in some Italian-style bread crumbs, salt, and an egg. You can mix in some finely diced celery and onion if you’d like to do that too. This is a very simple base burger recipe.

Tuna Burgers

I like using Italian-style bread crumbs with some added parsley, but plain bread crumbs are fine too. I’ve used both panko and regular bread crumbs and both work fine. If the mixture feels too wet to form the patties, try adding a bit more of the bread crumbs.

Instead of tartar sauce, I just made a quick lime mayo with mayonnaise, lime juice, and zest. You can certainly use tartar sauce if you have some handy though!

Tuna Burgers

Tuna Burgers
Yield: 2 burgers

Tuna Burgers

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Tuna Burgers - These simple tuna burgers are made with canned tuna and topped with lime mayo for a quick weeknight dinner!


  • 1 (7-ounces) can tuna, drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs (can also use panko)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery (optional)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • buns


  1. In a mixing bowl, add the drained tuna and flake with a fork. Mix in the egg, bread crumbs, seasonings, salt, and celery and stir until well-combined. Divide mixture into two and form into patties.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add a pat of butter or drizzle of olive oil to the pan. Add the tuna patties to the hot pan. Cook on each side for approximately 3-5 minutes per side. Add sliced cheese during the last minute of cooking if desired.
  3. To make the lime mayo, add the mayo, lime zest, and juice to a small bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Serve burgers on buns or on their own with the lime mayo.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 burger with mayo

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 768mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g

Tuna Burgers