Fresh Tuna Burger Recipes

Tired of having chicken and beef burgers? Try out something new with a tuna burger! These burgers are light, delicious, and easy to prepare. Tuna burgers are also packed with protein and contain very little fat, making them healthy to consume frequently. In fact, they offer more health benefits than both beef and turkey burgers. You can make these burgers at home in minutes for the whole family to enjoy.

In this blog, let’s discuss some great fresh tuna burger recipes that are perfect for a quick meal for yourself or the family.

Easy Tuna Burgers

These Tuna burgers are perfect for lunch and dinner. Simple and quick to make, these burgers will be loved by the entire family. This recipe makes 5 burgers and requires a prep/cooking time of 20 minutes.

Fresh Tuna Burger Recipes


  • Two tuna cans – Well drained
  • One and a half cup crackers – crumbed in a blender
  • One beaten egg
  • One or two stalks of finely chopped celery
  • Half cup mayonnaise – light or regular

For the Dill Sauce

  • Half cup mayonnaise – light or regular
  • One tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Dried dull (half to one tsp.) or fresh chopped dill (one-two tbs.)


  • Take a medium-sized bowl and add the tuna. Flake the tuna with a fork.
  • Add the cracker crumbs, celery, egg, and mayonnaise to the tuna. Mix until well combined.
  • Form five patties out of the mixture.

Lightly grease a frying pan and cook the patties on low-medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  • You can also bake the tuna patties instead of frying them. Place the patties on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375 F and bake the burgers until golden brown. This will take about ten minutes on each side.
  • Take a small bowl and whisk together all three sauce ingredients to make the dill sauce. Make sure the ingredients are well combined.
  • To assemble the burgers, lather dill sauce on both sides of the burger bun. Place iceberg lettuce on the base bun and place your tuna patty over the leaves. Top with some tomato slices if you wish, and cover the bun. Enjoy!

Classic Tuna Burgers

This recipe makes four burgers and requires a total prep/cook time of 40 minutes.


  • Canned tuna in water
  • Two eggs, large – lightly beaten
  • Half cup of lightly chopped onions
  • Half cup of finely chopped celery
  • Fresh lemon juice – one tablespoon
  • One and a half tsp. of horseradish – prepared
  • One clove of garlic – minced
  • One-fourth teaspoon pepper
  • One tbs. olive oil
  • Burger buns – four
  • Tartar sauce


  • Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Take a large bowl and put the tuna. Add the breadcrumbs and eggs to the tuna and stir until combined.
  • Add the chopped onion and celery to this mixture. Then add the lemon juice, horseradish, garlic, and pepper. Combine the mixture.
  • Form four medium-sized patties out of this mixture.
  • You can cook these tuna patties in two ways – either on a skillet on the stove or in the oven.
  • Suppose preparing on the skillet, first heat the pan. Next, drizzle some olive oil on the pan and place the tuna patties. Cook the patties for 10 minutes, five minutes on each side.
  • If preparing the patties in the oven, preheat the oven to medium-high. Place the patties on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cook for 20 minutes – 10 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Next, toast your burger buns until nice and warm. You can use sesame seed buns or plain burger buns. Oat buns are also a good idea if you want to try something different. If looking for gluten-free options, try potato buns.
  • To assemble the burgers, lather tartar sauce on the base bun. Keep some leafy iceberg over the bun and place your tuna patty over them. Top with thinly sliced onions and tomatoes. Cover the burger with the top bun and serve immediately.

Can You Freeze the Tuna Patties?

You can easily freeze your tuna patties in the raw or cooked stage. To store cooked, line an airtight container with parchment paper. Place the patties separately on the parchment sheet. Also, make sure the patties are fully cooled before freezing. Store in layers with the parchment sheet in between. To freeze uncooked tuna patties, use the same method. You don’t need to defrost frozen uncooked tuna patties. When preparing the patties on a skillet, you don’t need to defrost the patties. Instead, just increase the cooking time. You can defrost cooked patties in the oven or let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

Useful Tips

  • Serve your tuna burgers with a hand-tossed salad with plenty of leafy greens and a spiced olive oil dressing. You can also serve with sautéed greens or baked potatoes with herbs.
  • Always buy canned tuna from brands that support and implement ethical fishing practices.
  • Wondering whether to use tuna packed in oil or water? It’s a matter of choice. But when using oil-packed tuna cans, read the ingredients to make sure there are no ingredients you don’t want.
  • A better option is to use prepared breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs instead of white bread.
  • If fresh herbs are not available, you can easily use dried herbs in any recipe.
  • You can also prepare your tuna patties in an air fryer if you don’t want to fry them on a skillet.

Our Final Thoughts

There is a lot more to burgers than the classic beef burger. Chicken, turkey, and fish burgers are also quite popular options. When it comes to fish, tuna burgers are quite popular. These easy-to-make burgers are loved by both kids and adults alike! Tuna patties also have a firm yet tender texture, perfect for burgers. Try out these fresh tuna burger recipes with a topping of cheese and tartar sauce for a light and delicious meal!

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