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Air fried crispy tuna burgers

Points® value
Total Time
40 min
10 min
10 min
Canned tuna is good for more than tuna salad sandwiches. Try this inexpensive, convenient pantry star in a burger coated with crispy panko breadcrumbs and cooked in your air fryer in only 10 minutes. Go wild with the veggie toppings and switch up the seasonings in the burger patty. We use onion powder and Italian seasoning but you can try garlic powder and chili powder, smoked paprika and cumin, or curry powder and coriander. If you have any fresh herbs like mint, scallions, parsley, or cilantro you're looking to use up, feel free to mix those in too.


Light whole wheat hamburger buns

2 bun(s)

Water-packed tuna fish, drained

5 oz


2 large

Italian seasoning

½ tsp(s)

Table salt

½ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s)

Onion powder

¼ tsp(s)

Panko breadcrumbs

¾ cup(s), divided

Dijon mustard

4 tbsp(s)

Red onion

4 slice(s), thin


1 cup(s), chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the tuna, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, and 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs until well combined. Form into two 1/2-inch-thick patties. Press remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs onto patties to adhere. Place patties in freezer until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  3. Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Coat the tuna patties with cooking spray. Place patties in the air fryer and cook 10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve on the buns topped with the mustard, red onion, and lettuce.
  4. Serving size: 1 burger