August 4, 2021

Sweet Chili Tuna Burgers

These Sweet Chili Tuna Burgers are a reminder of summer, but rely on pantry-staple ingredients like canned tuna, making them perfect for the middle of winter. Canned tuna is a convenient and budget-friendly option for incorporating fatty fish into your meals for those heart-healthy essential fatty acids.

These burgers are loosely inspired by spicy tuna roll sushi, one of my favorite rolls to order. In fact, you don’t have to serve these tuna burgers on buns at all - the tuna burger patties and Sweet Chili Mayo served over cooked rice, with diced avocado and torn-up nori (seaweed) sheets make awesome bento-style bowls. Add cooked edamame for extra protein and texture!

My family has really enjoyed the development and testing of these burgers. I’ve made them a lot, to rave reviews each time! I think they’ll be a hit at your house, too!  Tip: Make my Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls one day, and reserve 1/3 cup of the plain, mashed sweet potatoes to make these burgers later in the week!

Ingredients assembled for tuna burgers
Assemble your tuna burger ingredients.

Making the tuna burgers by mixing up the ingredients then portioning into four equal parts
Mix the ingredients well, then divide into four equal portions.

Tuna burger patties frying in a skillet
Shape each portion into a patty, and cook in a large skillet until golden brown.

Mixing up the sweet chili mayo
While burgers are cooking, stir together the Sweet Chili Mayo sauce.

Tuna burger patties, sliced avocado, lettuce leaves, buns, and sweet chili mayo for assembly
Assemble burgers with buns, lettuce, avocado, and sauce.

Assembled Sweet Chili Tuna Burger on a white plate
Enjoy your burgers and dream about the warm summer weather to come! (It helps when the blue skies make an appearance in the middle of winter!)

Original publication date: January 28, 2021

Sweet Chili Tuna Burgers

These Sweet Chili Tuna Burgers are a reminder of summer, but rely on pantry-staple ingredients like canned tuna, making them perfect for the middle of winter.


Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful











For burgers:

14 oz. canned tuna in water, drained

1/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato

1/3 cup almond flour (or cornmeal)

1 egg

2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

2 Tbsp. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 1/2 Tbsp. minced dried onion

1 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

2 Tbsp. coconut or avocado oil (for frying)

For Sweet Chili Mayo:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. low-sodium tamari (or soy sauce)

3 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce

1 tsp. sriracha

For serving:

4 burger buns - I recommend something sweet, such as brioche or Hawaiian-style rolls

Lettuce leaves

1 avocado, sliced


  1. Start by making your burger patties. In a large bowl, add all burger ingredients (except oil), and mix until well combined. Once thoroughly mixed, divide the mixture into four equal portions. Using your hands, gently form each portion into a round patty.
  2. Heat coconut or avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tuna burger patties, and cook for 6-7 minutes on each side.
  3. While burgers are cooking, prepare the Sweet Chili Mayo sauce: stir together all sauce ingredients until combined, and set aside.
  4. To assemble, spread the inside of each burger bun half with Sweet Chili Mayo. On the bottom bun, place a tuna burger patty, then sliced avocado, and top with 1-2 lettuce leaves, then the top bun.
  5. Serve, and enjoy! Pair your burger with sweet potato fries (which are awesome dipped in the extra Sweet Chili Mayo), or a cabbage-based coleslaw salad (or both!).
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May 24, 2022
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!