Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

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Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

So I’m not 100% sure why but I feel a little nervous sharing today’s recipe with you for some reason . . .

Not because I don’t love it, I totally do.

I think maybe because its tuna . . . and poor old tuna gets a bit of a bad wrap. I guess it’s one of those thing you either love, love, love it or you really, really don’t!

I’m hoping you guys are with me in the love it camp . . .

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

I mean it’s healthy, it’s cheap, it’s packed with protein and it’s just so versatile!

Throw it in a salad, stir it through some rice (or cauli-rice) or pasta (or zoodles) or make it into deliciously vibrant little burgers that are just bursting with flavour!

Which is what we are doing today.

I’d like to introduce you to my latest obsession . . . the  spicy tuna and tomato burger!

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

I have to give a shout out to the lovely Lexi who blogs over at Lexi’s clean kitchen, today’s “test it out tuesday” recipe is one I adapted after seeing this recipe for Lexi’s tomato jalapeño salmon burgers. If you have’t met Lexi yet make sure you head on over and check out some of the other incredible recipes girlfriend has to share. So many healthy, delicious, paleo friendly recipes to choose from!

Anyways, back to our burgers . . .

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

Not only are these spicy tuna and tomato burgers seriously healthy and paleo friendly they also happen to be quick and easy to prepare. Made with just a handful of all natural ingredients that you probably have tucked away in the back of your pantry. Hello winning!!!!

Quick and easy, yes but you guys, these spicy tuna and tomato burgers pack a serious flavour punch!

I mean look at all that flavour flave?!


The tangy tomato, the heat from the chilli, the hit of garlic and those sweet spanish onions . . .

So, so good!

I love to serve these bad boys wrapped in a crisp, cool lettuce leaves and top them with a few slices of deliciously creamy avocado, a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of fresh coriander (cilantro) and a few slices of extra chilli if I’m feeling feisty . . .

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

The light, crisp, freshness from the lettuce combined with the creamy avocado just goes so perfectly with our flavour packed, spicy tuna and tomato burger. And that little dollop of Greek yoghurt really helps to balance out the heat from our chilli.

Welcome to flavour town my friend.

Population you . . .

and me . . .

and these seriously healthy, paleo friendly, simple, delicious  spicy tuna and tomato burgers!

All natural made with just a handful of ingredients, quick, easy but all kinds of delicious!

Do not underestimate the humble tin of tuna my friend –

Make them. Eat them. Love them

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}
Slightly adapted from this recipe created by the lovely Lexi of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Makes approx 6 sensational, flavour packed, slider size, spicy tomato and tuna burgers

Ingredients –

1 cup of tuna – I used 4 x individual, 95g cans – drained and rinsed

1 small spanish (red) onion, finely chopped

1 small red chilli, finely chopped (more or less to taste)

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 egg

2 Tablespoons of tomato paste

1 Tablespoon of coconut flour

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional but recommended for serving –



Fresh coriander (cilantro)

Extra chilli

Greek yoghurt (or sour cream) if not strict paleo

Method –

1 – Pre-heat your oven to 175’C (350’F)

2 – Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper and set aside.

3 – Place all of your burger ingredients into a medium size bowl and stir until well combined.

4 – Using your hands, carefully roll and flatten your tuna mixture into 6, even (isn) sized burger patties and place onto your prepared baking tray. FYI – I used approx 1/3 cup of mixture per burger.

5 – Place in the oven and cook for 5-10 mins, until set and cooked through.

6 – To serve, place in a lettuce leaf (or 2) tope with some freshly sliced avocado, a dollop of greek yoghurt (if not strict paleo) and sprinkle over some fresh coriander and a few extra slices of chilli.

Enjoy xoxo


5 Comments on Spicy Tuna and Tomato Burgers {Paleo Friendly}

  1. Liz P
    September 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds yum! I’ve been wanting some more recipes using canned fish – fresh is so expensive but we need more fish in our diets!

    • Emma
      September 9, 2014 at 2:57 am (2 years ago)

      So true Liz!

      And these are super yummy and freeze really well for grab and go lunch/dinners. Let me know what you think once you get to try them 🙂

  2. Jackie
    April 30, 2016 at 3:04 am (10 months ago)

    I don’t have coconut flour available, would almond flour work as a substitute?

    • Emma
      April 30, 2016 at 7:54 am (10 months ago)

      Hi Jackie,

      I’m sure you could use almond flour instead although you may need to play around with quantities as coconut flour is very different in the way it reacts with and absorbs liquids.

      You could also try subbing some gluten free/paleo (or regular) bread crumbs too

      Let me know how you go 🙂


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