BLT Tuna Burgers

Tuna fish burgers seasoned with onion, garlic, pickles and dill then piled high on buns with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. A surprisingly delicious twist on the BLT and the tuna fish sandwich. Worlds collide.

In high school one of my best friends and I would wait all day to eat because, no surprise here, we hated most, if no all of the cafeteria food. We would come home to my house famished and make tuna fish sandwiches and steaming hot sugary cups of tea. After a long, hard, hungry day of school, it tasted like the best thing on earth. Total comfort food.

One would think cooking canned tuna would make it super fishy smelling and tasting but I didn’t find that to be the truth. Use a good solid white tuna for these and you shouldn’t have that problem.

I love the flavors of dill pickle and dill spice with tuna, they seem to bring out its best. Along with the salty bacon, the crunch of the cool lettuce and the bite of the tomato these are like a flavor party in your mouth.

They make a great option for a meatless burger. I know, I know. Bacon is meat. It’s halfway meatless and that has to count for something, right?

BLT Tuna Burgers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

BLT Tuna Burgers

Tuna fish burgers seasoned with onion, garlic, pickles and dill then piled high on buns with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo.


15 ounces canned solid white tuna fish, drained and flaked
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced dill pickles
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
olive or vegetable oil, for pan-frying
for serving:
4 sandwich or hamburger buns
8 slices cooked bacon
romaine or iceberg lettuce
sliced tomatoes


  1. In a large mixing bowl with a fork combine tuna, bread crumbs, egg, onion, pickles, garlic, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, parsley and black pepper. Refrigerate mixture 20 - 30 minutes.
  2. Generously grease a large cast iron or non-stick skillet and set over medium heat. Form the tuna mixture into 4 equal size patties. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook 5 - 7 minutes on each side.
  3. Serve on toasted buns with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.


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  1. says

    Reeni, this is a wonderful burger! Would love to feel that flavor party in my mouth! Why can’t school cafeterias make such burgers? They had better see your recipe!

  2. says

    I never thought a burger made from canned tuna could look so delicious. This looks better than a crab cake, and much more affordable too! I would love to try this recipe out.

    Oh man, school cafeterias. Yep, they never had anything good. I remember my middle school served these rectangular pizzas. Apparently they bounced if you threw them on the ground. XP

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