Canned Protein Burger

Canned Protein Burger
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You don't need fresh ground meat to make a delicious burger. With this budget-friendly option, you can use any canned meat such as tuna, salmon, or chicken. You could serve this like a traditional burger on a whole-wheat but with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Or, for a low carb option, serve in a lettuce wrap topped with salsa and avocado. You could also chop up the patties and use them as a filling for a taco or burrito. The patties also freeze well, so you can make a bunch and save for a super quick dinner or lunch.
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 patty
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 patty
  • Amount per serving Calories 130

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 0.9g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 50mg
  • Sodium 440mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 1g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 11g
  • Potassium 140mg
  • Phosphorus 110mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • olive oil
    1 tbsp
  • black pepper
    1/2 tsp
  • salt
    1/2 tsp
  • egg
  • minced onion
    1/4 cup
  • light mayonnaise
    1/4 cup
  • whole grain bread crumbs
    1/2 cup
  • minced bell pepper
    1/4 cup
  • canned protein such as tuna, salmon, or chicken
    2 (6-oz) cans (12 oz total)


  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or wrap individually in freezer bags or containers and freeze up to 3 months (freeze cooked burgers only, do not freeze the raw burgers).

  2. In a bowl, mix together the canned protein, breadcrumbs, lite mayonnaise, onion, bell pepper, egg, salt and pepper until combined. Form the mixture into 6 patties.

  3. Add olive oil to a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Fry burgers on each side for 3-4 minutes. Work in batches if your pan is not big enough to hold all 8 burgers.

  • Recommended

    I made it with (5) 2.5 oz. packages of Bumblebee spiced tuna. And no peppers (since they don't get along with me) I will definitely make it again with other proteins.