Baked Pesto Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]

Bumblebee Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]

Last week was a week. I don’t know why I was on the verge of a nervous break down basically all week. I had a lot on my plate and felt pressed for time which always revs up my anxiety.

On Thursday I was supposed to go to the last session of this photography course I have been taking through San Francisco Parks and Recreation. A friend at work told me about “Getting to Know Your DSLR” and I thought I would really learn a lot but the teacher was, to be blunt, pretty awful. I did learn a few good things but the thought of sitting in a room for three hours when I had so much more I could accomplish just stressed me out. There are a lot of good photography resources on the Internet (e-courses, websites, Youtube videos and more) that I need to dedicate the time to learning – but at least I’ll be on my own schedule.

Maybe classes just aren’t for me, which is something I often think about when thinking about getting my MBA. I was terrible at going to class in college. Classes with mandatory attendance policies (most of them) were the bane of my existence. Our time is really precious and sometimes when you’re feeling stressed and have other things you should – or want – to do, you should cut out what isn’t serving you (I tried to tell my father that and he segued into “so I shouldn’t have to give you money for things”… like where does that fit into anywhere?).

Bumblebee Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]

Save a little time this week by making these tuna burgers in advance!

SO ABOUT THESE TUNA BURGERS. These were a “use up the fridge” recipe before I left for Big Sur/San Luis Obispo last week. I came home to a really good mail day a couple weeks ago which included a box of tuna from Bumble Bee.

I couldn’t decide what to do with the tuna – healthy tuna salad with mustard? Baked tuna and rice cups? The possibilities with a can of tuna are kind of endless. It’s a really great pantry staple people – myself included – forget about. Americans don’t eat enough seafood (with the exception of me, who comes home drunk and eats cold mahi mahi out of the fridge) and it’s so healthy, especially tuna. It’s low fat compared to some of it’s delicious, Mercury-prone friends and basically just a lot of protein (yay!). I try to keep a couple cans on hand at all times.

I made these over the weekend and had them plain, in salads and of course, slathered in mustard with some tomatoes and cheese for dinner of the course of the week. You can sub out the sorghum for any other cooked grain you have on hand – quinoa or rice would work great, too.

Bumblebee Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]

Baked Pesto Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]

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Baked Pesto Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]
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Entree Cuisine: Gluten Free Author: Cassie Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 4 tuna burgers
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 4 burgers
  • 2 cans Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup cooked sorghum
  • 2 tbsp pesto (I used my arugula pesto)
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • ¼ tsp lemon pepper
  • ¼ tsp pink himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat, parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.
  4. With wet hands (to prevent sticking), pat together four patties from the tuna mixture.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top, flipping half way.
  6. Enjoy on a bun, salad or plain with mustard.

I received free samples from Bumble Bee Seafoods that are mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Bumble Bee Seafoods and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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12 comments on “Baked Pesto Tuna Burgers [Gluten Free]

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Tina Muir on July 6, 2015 6:40 am

I have been feeling like that a lot lately too, like there is literally just not enough time in the day. I think honestly, as much as we dont want to admit it, that is a time to STEP BACK and get rid of the things that dont make you smile….although for me I struggle with that too. We need to commit to it together! These sound yummy, I am all about pesto, and love that they are burgers. Happy monday friend, I am here if you want to vent!
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Susie @ SuzLyfe on July 6, 2015 6:50 am

I love tuna, I love burgers. I often make them, and then pan cook them, but why have I never baked them before? Seriously #facepalm.
On the subject of classes, I feel the same way, and often like that about exercise classes. Like, I could have done a better job with no knowledge of what is going on. I guess on the bright side, it does help you get out there and try things, as well as carves out a specific time to dedicate to them, but come one!
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Liz on July 6, 2015 10:16 am

Yum! I’ve never made burgers with tuna (or any fish really) but these look great!
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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on July 6, 2015 1:12 pm

These sound delicious! I eat tuna almost every week, but I’ve never made a tuna burger. I think I need to change that… =)
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Alyssa @ RenaissanceRunnerGirl on July 6, 2015 3:49 pm

As for the classes, I think it’s something becoming more of an issue in today’s world – it feels like more and more, we can make our own jobs, and the idea of doing set tasks according to someone else’s timeline feels past. Then again, we aren’t all lucky enough to have jobs like that!
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Georgie on July 6, 2015 8:28 pm

Tuna fish is SO underrated. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat protein and tuna burgers are definitely a staple in my fridge. This recipe sounds great.
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Rachel@ Athletic Avocado on July 7, 2015 7:21 am

love that you made burgers with this tuna! These look so yummy :)
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Serena on July 7, 2015 8:30 am

Hope that things are going better now that you’re on vacay! These look yummy – I have sorghum I need to use up!

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Deanna Segrave-Daly on July 7, 2015 5:05 pm

Bummer about your week – hope things are better this week! Love the idea of combining pesto and tuna for burgers –> super flavors!

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Emily @ Zen & Spice on July 7, 2015 6:43 pm

The combo of pesto and tuna sounds delicious! I need to keep more tuna on hand! If only my boyfriend didn’t detest it. haha!
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Jessie on July 8, 2015 3:40 am

Pesto & tuna? I’ve literally been drooling over this recipe since I first saw the title of the post. What a delicious combo that I would NEVER of thought to put together. YOU. ARE. A. GENIUS!

P.S. Sorry about your near nervous break down. Keeping you in my prayers <3

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Whitney Carney on July 8, 2015 1:46 pm

YUM. These look great Cassie! We must be on the same wavelength with pesto because I have a pesto recipe too! Love how easy these are + I LOVE tuna.
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