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Easy Tuna Melt Recipe

This easy tuna melt recipe is so simple to throw together and makes the perfect lunch. Filling, flavorful, and great to make ahead – toss some tuna melts together and you’re a few minutes away from a delicious meal!

Stack of two tuna melt sandwiches on a brown paper with two pickles.

This easy tuna melt recipe is one of those nostalgic recipes for me. My mom would make a version of this recipe when we were growing up and it always brings back memories of home when I make it. Tuna melts are so quick and easy to throw together, it’s perfect for lunch or even a quick dinner!

Chopped pickle, chopped, red pepper, and chopped green onion on a white cutting board for easy tuna melt recipe.

The first thing you’ll do is chop your veggies. These can really be anything you want. I think pickles are a must, but you do you. I also love the slight sweetness of the pickles with the pepper and the mild flavor of the green onions.

Adding mayo to the mix for easy tuna melt recipe.

And I totally just use canned tuna. I mean, is there any other kind?? KIDDING!! It’s just hard to come by decent seafood in a landlocked western state. Also, I am grossly inexperienced when it comes to cooking and eating seafood.

Like, people eat swordfish?? What?? Learned that when I was pregnant for the first time and the nurse practitioner was going over the mile-long list of things I could no longer eat. It fell right between lunch meat and sushi and in my delirium from finding out a human was growing inside of my body, I didn’t think to ask any detailed questions about the fact that I had forced myself to try sushi 3 days earlier in a fancy steakhouse in California where I almost barfed up the tiny portion I stuck in my mouth and the kind waiter with the fancy-pocket-table-scraper kindly snuck away whatever raw-fish-in-a-shot-glass I was trying to choke down without anyone else there noticing. Phew.
#glamerous #wishyouwereme

Ahem. Anywho….

Just like any amazing sandwich, this one involves mayo! I am a mayo gal but if you’re a believer in miracle whip, well we can just look past our differences and still be friends. Ha!

Pouring pickle juice into the tuna melt recipe tuna mix.

Now. Ya’ll listen here – this next step is VERY IMPORTANT. Don’t skip it. Add some of that delightful pickle juice to the mix. Not much, just a tablespoon or so. Your life will change for the better. Well, no guarantees but I think it’s pretty great.

I didn’t have any pickles when I went to make this recipe on camera {#superprepared} so I just made some! I used this delicious Quick Pickled Cucumbers Recipe from my friend Melissa and you will love it. It was awesomely fast and awesomely delicious!

Spoon putting easy tuna melt recipe on a bottom hamburger bun.

Once the filling is mixed, it should hold together but be nice and creamy. I don’t’ mind a good filling-drip when I bite a melt. Just don’t do it when the filling is piping hot. Let’s not talk about how often I burn my hands trying to get awesome fresh-out-of-the-oven shots of all this stuff for you guys!

But you’re worth cuz I love ya. ????

A bun topped with easy tuna melt recipe being topped with two slices of Monterey jack cheese.

I like Monterey Jack cheese on this tuna melt recipe but you just use whatever cheese floats your boat. No hard and fast rules here.

Top view of a stack of two tuna melt sandwiches on a brown paper with two pickles.

And there you have it – a delightfully delicious and easy lunch, ready in minutes!!! With homemade pickles! What’s better???

A steak dinner you say?

Well, maybe. As long as there is no fancy sushi-in-a-shot-glass. Ha.

Need a fantastic side dish to go with these? How about my Homemade Mac?

Two whole tuna melt sandwiches stacked with a half of a tuna melt sandwich on the top.

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Easy Tuna Melt Recipe

This easy tuna melt recipe is so simple to throw together and makes the perfect lunch. Filling, flavorful, and great to make ahead - toss some tuna melts together and you're a few minutes away from a delicious meal!

Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy tuna melt, tuna melt recipe, tuna melt sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 309 kcal

Ingredients

For the Tuna Filling

  • 10 ounces tuna two small cans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dill pickles chopped
  • 1/3 cup red pepper chopped, about half of a pepper
  • 2 tablespoons green onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste

For the Sandwiches

  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 slices cheese Monterey jack, or your favorite

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For the Tuna Filling

  1. Combine all ingredients except cheese. Mix well. 

To Assemble

  1. On a piece of aluminum foil, place about 1/4 cup of the filling onto the bottom hamburger bun. 

  2. Top with cheese and the top hamburger bun. 

  3. Wrap in the aluminum foil. 

  4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tuna Melt Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 831mg 35%
Potassium 190mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 13.9%
Calcium 28.7%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    Alli
    March 14, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Such a delicious and easy meal!

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