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Quick Tuna Burgers

Quick Tuna Burgers

Turn a couple cans of tuna into a zesty tuna burger with this quick recipe. If you can’t find good whole-wheat hamburger buns, whole-wheat English muffins are a great substitute. The burger mixture might seem a little soft going into the pan, but once the first side is cooked, you’ll be able to flip them easily. Serve with steamed broccoli or sweet potato fries.


4 servings

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 25- to 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1/2cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2cup low-fat mayonnaise, divided
  • 14-ounce jar chopped pimientos, drained, or 1/3 cup chopped roasted red peppers, divided
  • 1/4cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4whole-wheat hamburger buns or English muffins, toasted
  • 4lettuce leaves
  • 4slices tomato


  1. Combine tuna, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, half of the pimientos (or roasted red peppers), celery, onion and 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning in a medium bowl, breaking up any larger pieces of tuna until the mixture is uniform and holds together.
  2. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, the remaining pimientos (or peppers) and 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Using a generous 1/3 cup each, form the tuna mixture into four 3-inch burgers. Cook until heated through and golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Spread the top half of each bun (or English muffin) with pimiento mayonnaise and place a burger, lettuce and tomato on the bottom half.


To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. To make fine breadcrumbs, process until very fine. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread coarse or fine breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 321kcal
Carbohydrate Total 39g
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 5g
Fiber 5g
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 2g
Mono Saturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 647mg
Protein 17g
Potassium 365mg
Calcium 65mg
Chromium 1mcg
Folate 34mcg
Omega-3 1g
Omega-6 4g
Vitamin E 3mg
Zinc 1mg
Vitamin B3 7mg

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