Easy Weeknight Tuna Burgers

Easy Weeknight Tuna Burgers

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Welcome back!  I am so excited to welcome you to Conquer, where I will be sharing my life and the things I love with you, my awesome readers!

Today I am going to start by sharing a pretty fantastic recipe with you. I’ve been asked for it multiple times now. In fact, it is this dish that inspired a friend to tell me I should start a blog.  I kept thinking about this idea and after a weekend of binge watching vlogs with my bestie… here we are.

Now to preface, this was actually a two-part meal: a main course and side. The main dish is what I will be sharing with you but you can find the side dish (which I also completely recommend as a main dish) at Get Inspired Everyday.

Okay, now we’re ready! Last week I made tuna burgers… I know what you’re thinking. Tuna? Of all the fish and meat to choose from, you chose TUNA? Why yes I did! I’m not even a tuna lover, but these guys were DELICIOUS (and totally healthy)! However, if you are too much of a tuna hater to continue reading, know that you can just as easily substitute salmon or another flaky fish of your liking.

Here’s a photo of the finished product. Mouthwatering, right??  Yum. Maybe I’ll even make some after I finish writing this post!

Easy Weeknight Tuna Burgers

To make these beauties, I started by rinsing and draining my tuna (I bought all white albacore in cans but feel free to use fresh). I then put that into a mixing bowl with my tomato paste, seasonings, egg, and flour and mixed by hand. Am I the only one who finds the sensation of mixing meat by hand to be strange but oddly satisfying at the same time? Yeah.  I didn’t think so.

After the ingredients were well mixed, I shaped the tuna mixture into patties (a little larger than a slider) and put them on my parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cooking time varies depending on your oven and the consistency you’re looking for. 10 minutes will get you more of a tuna “cake” (think crab cake) but 15-20 minutes will give you more of a burger feel (like it actually sticks together like a patty) after it sets for a few minutes outside of the oven.  I opted for the latter option since I was looking for a “burger”.

I’ve been dairy-free for about five weeks now so instead of using a bun I finished the dish by simply putting my tuna burgers between a couple slices of lettuce after I topped them with avocado, cilantro, and vegan ranch dressing (substitute sour cream or plain Greek yogurt if not DF).

Voila!  Tasty tuna burgers. Boom.

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Adapted from a recipe created by the talented Emma of Better with Cake

Makes approximately 6 tasty, slightly larger than slider size tuna burgers



1 Cup of all white albacore tuna – I used 3 individual, 125g cans, drained and rinsed

Onion salt to taste

Chili powder to taste

Garlic powder to taste

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of tomato paste

1 Tablespoon of flour

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients (but recommended for serving):




Vegan ranch dressing, plain Greek yogurt, or sour cream



  1. Preheat your oven to 350’F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Place all of your burger ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. Using your hands, carefully shape your tuna mixture into 6 even-ish sized burger patties and place onto your prepared baking tray.
  5. Place in the oven and cook for 10-20 minutes until set and cooked through (see my notes above for more details about cook time).
  6. To serve, place in a lettuce leaf or two, top with some fresh avocado slices, a dollop of dressing, yogurt, or sour cream, and sprinkle some cilantro on top.

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