Quick Tuna Burgers for Two

Quick Tuna Burgers for Two

Turn a can 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 the burgers easily. Serve with steamed broccoli or sweet potato fries.

From EatingWell: March/April 2011
Yield: 2 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  1. 1 5- to 6-ounce can chunk light tuna (see Note), drained
  2. 1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip)
  3. 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise, divided
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped pimientos or roasted red peppers, divided
  5. 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  6. 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  7. 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, divided
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 2 whole-wheat hamburger buns or English muffins, toasted
  10. 2 lettuce leaves
  11. 2 slices tomato


  1. Combine tuna, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon pimientos (or roasted red peppers), celery, onion and 1/8 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 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon pimientos (or peppers) and 1/8 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning in a small bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Form the tuna mixture into two 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.

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 320 calories; 12 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 5 g fiber; 646 mg sodium; 358 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (33% daily value), Vitamin A (26% dv).

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 1/2 lean meat, 2 fat