Tuna Burgers with Smoked Paprika Mayo

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These canned tuna burgers are so easy to make! The tuna patties are crispy on the outside while still juicy in the centre and they’re delicious topped with your choice of greens and a smear of paprika mayo.

Say hello to your new healthy weeknight dinner 👋

Tuna burgers on a wooden board over a marble background

Overhead shot of tuna patties on a wooden board with a striped cloth

This is such a great easy recipe. I love a good burger as much as the next person but the classic beef would probably be the last ingredient I would choose to make my burgers from. 

Whether it’s salmon burgers, mushroom burgers or falafel burgers there’s just so many delicious options and this tuna burger is yet another amazing burger recipe.

It’s so quick to make which means they’re great for a weeknight plus they taste great cold too so you can serve them up for lunch the next day.

Tuna fishcakes in bread rolls on a wooden bread board

Close up of tuna burgers topped with greens and pickled onions

Why we love these tuna burgers…

This recipe is really quick to make and requires only a handful of ingredients so it’s great for when you need a simple dinner.

They’re a healthier option than your classic beef burgers because they’re made from tuna which is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and other good stuff.

If you feel like meal prepping then you can make these ahead and then serve them in buns or with salads or any other way you fancy during the week.

Overhead shot of tuna burger with toppings on a board

Side shot of tuna patty in a bun on a marble background

Tuna Patties Ingredients

Tinned Tuna: I like the tuna in oil. Make sure to get dolphin friendly, sustainably sourced stuff

Eggs: To bind the burgers

Panko Breadcrumbs: Or use regular breadcrumbs if you can’t find panko

Garlic & Parsley: To flavour the burgers

Lemon Juice: To add that extra zing

Burger Buns: I like brioche but you can use what you like

Smoked Paprika Mayo: Made from a mixture of store bought mayo, garlic, lemon juice and smoked paprika

Fish burger with brioche bun on a marble surface

Tuna burgers on a board with greens and pickled onions

How to make tuna fish burgers

Make the burger mixture: Put the tuna, eggs, panko, garlic, parsley and lemon juice in a bowl and mix together then shape into 4 patties.

Fry the burgers: Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan and fry until browned and crispy on both sides.

Make the mayo: Mix together all of the sauce ingredients and set aside until ready to serve.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

What goes with tuna burgers?

I serve these with a big dollop of that smoked paprika mayo and a side of chips. You can also add plenty of other veggies to these burgers like slices of tomato or onion. Pretty much anything you’d put in a normal burger!

Is canned tuna healthy?

Tuna is full of omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of protein so it’s a great healthy choice for a main meal.

Want more? Try these other fish recipes!

Tuna burgers on a wooden board over a marble background

Tuna Burgers with Smoked Paprika Mayo

These canned tuna burgers are so easy to make! They're crispy on the outside while still juicy in the centre and they're delicious topped with your choice of greens and a smear of paprika mayo.
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 362kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 2 160g tins Tuna drained
  • 2 Eggs
  • 45 g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • Small bunch Parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 4 Burger Buns I like brioche
  • Handful Rocket or other leafy green of your choice

For the Smoked Paprika Mayo

  • 4 tbsp Mayo
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt to taste


  • Mix together the tuna, eggs, panko, garlic, parsley and lemon juice in a large bowl. Shape into 4 patties.
  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium high heat and fry the burgers for 5 minutes on each side until browned.
  • Mix together the mayo, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika and a little salt. Serve the burgers in buns with the mayo and greens.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Burgers with Smoked Paprika Mayo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 614mg26%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 226IU5%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    27/09/2019 at 11:37 AM

    5 stars
    What a great quick healthy weeknight meal. I haven’t made tuna burgers before and I’m hoping my kids will love them.

  • Reply
    27/09/2019 at 11:47 AM

    5 stars
    Such a fabulous idea! I always have cans of tuna on hand and never thought of serving it this way. Can’t wait to show this one off to friends. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    27/09/2019 at 12:46 PM

    5 stars
    You got such a beautiful crust on those patties — I’m impressed. The sandwiches look really hearty and I particularly like those fresh pops of pickled onions. Great idea with canned tuna!

  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    27/09/2019 at 1:04 PM

    5 stars
    OMG! these tuna burgers looks so good! I love the pictures too!

  • Reply
    Tayler Ross
    27/09/2019 at 1:33 PM

    5 stars
    I already have everything I need to make these burgers, so we’re having them for dinner tonight! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply
    10/04/2020 at 1:20 AM

    These were such a big hit in my house, even got a picky 7 year old asking for more. They will definitely be put onto our weekly rotation, made a few adjustments nothing major just down to personal tastes within the family. Would recommend
    Thank you for a great recipe, will be back for sure to see what other tasty recipes I can find!

    • Reply
      11/04/2020 at 2:43 PM

      I’m so happy to hear this, thanks so much!

      • Reply
        20/04/2020 at 5:27 PM

        5 stars
        Can leftover grilled tuna steak be used instead? Tia!

        • Reply
          20/04/2020 at 8:43 PM

          Hi Jill, sure you could, as long as you can flake it to mix with the other ingredients then it should work 🙂

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