Mexican Tuna Burgers

My Hubby loves tuna, canned tuna to be exact.  While he likes Ensalada de Atun (Tuna Salad), he absolutely loves when I make Hamburguesas de Atun (Tuna Burgers).  And best of all, even the kiddies love them.

I like to add chopped serrano chilies and cilantro to give the tuna patties an extra kick.  Those of you with young kiddies can substitute chopped green bell pepper for the serrano chili.  Now you all know that I can't handle really hot food, so imagine my surprise when I thought the tuna patties could have used an extra serrano chili.

Hubby and I like to top our Hamburguesas de Atun with lettuce, tomato, sliced onion and avocado.  Hubby even adds more heat by topping his burger with canned jalapeño slices.  My kiddies however, prefer to top their burgers with a slice of American cheese and dill pickle slices.  No matter how you choose to serve your burger, you are in for a delicious treat.    

Hamburguesas de Atun


  • 4 cans tuna, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice only

In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, eggs, dried bread crumbs, onion, cilantro, chili peppers and lime juice; season with salt and pepper.

Mix well until the mixture comes together.

Heat a griddle, skillet or comal over medium heat.  Measure 1/3 cup of the tuna mixture for each patty.  Using your hands, flatten the tuna mixture lightly to form the hamburger patties.

Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil onto griddle.  Place patties on griddle and let cook until golden brown on both sides.  (If making Cheesy burgers, top tuna patties with a slice of American cheese as soon as you turn the patties over.)

To serve, spread each hamburger bun half with Mexican crema or mayonnaise.  Place tuna patties on one half and top with your choice of lettuce, sliced tomato, onion and avocado or dill pickles.  Enjoy!!!



  1. Sounds delish- I think I have all the ingredients except maybe cilantro or breadcrumbs. But do you know how many burgers it makes? Do you usually use tuna in water or tuna in oil? I just can't tolerate tuna in oil and wondered if it made a difference.

  2. I love tuna burgers and tuna burgers with a kick, even better. Thank you!

  3. Leslie, this is more than delicious. I love it, and I am sure my loved ones too. Have a great weekend :)

  4. Looks good. I used to make Salmon burgers and Tuna burgers years ago; but haven't made them for a long time as Roy doesn't care for tuna. I will have to make some one day just for me when he has something like pork chops that I don't care for.
    Have a good day.

  5. This really looks simple! Wish I would of saw this post before I had my sandwich. Just happens to be I have all the ingredients handy!

  6. MMMM! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the recipe! Going to pass this along to my mom as well. They've gone almost vegetarian....... only eating tuna, so i know she'll LOVE these!

  7. Cool!! We do the same thing but use Salmon instead! Back home where Salmon used to be so abundant and free from the rivers, making Salmon Patties was a good old fashion po-folk meal. I'll bet Tuna will be just as lovely to use! :)

  8. Love this recipe! Make it at least once a month. I leave out the onion, but add in diced tomato! Thanks!

  9. I'm thinking of making these you use 4 of the 5oz cans of tuna or bigger?

    1. Hi Anonymous! I don't remember what size the cans of tuna I use are. I just use the regular size. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. But next time I buy tuna, I'll be sure to check and update the recipe. :)