May: Meatless Month Challenge – Hickory Smoked Tuna Burgers + Starkist Review


It's a new month which means a new Blogger Recipe Challenge! This month we're going with Meatless May. Yumm. I love vegetarian cooking. Although, I have to admit I still think fish is a meat. But I guess some people don't? Anyway, our little cooking group was sponsored by Starkist for this month's challenge. We're each going to whip up two recipes using Starkist's products. We were all sent 2 packages each of their Herb & Garlic, Hickory Smoked, Sweet & Spicy, and Zesty Lemon Pepper. They're ALL really yummy by-the-way. For my first recipe I decided to use up the two packages of Starkist Hickory Smoked Tuna to make Hickory Smoked Tuna Burgers. The concept is a little odd, but the result is a light, tasty burger.
Ingredients (Makes 2 Burgers):

  • 2 - Packages Starkist Hickory Smoked Single Serve
  • 2 - Toasted English Muffins
  • 1 - Egg
  • 1/4 Cup - Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 - Minced Shallot
  • 1.5 Tsp - Sour Cream
  • 2 Tsp - Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 - 1 Tsp - Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tsp - Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp - Salt
  • 1 Tsp - Garlic Powder
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Favorite Cheese
  • Spinach or Lettuce
  • Condiments of Choice (I used mayo, and Dijon mustard.)

*Note: You can adjust just about all of the ingredients to suit your personal tastes.


  1. Preheat oven to 400F Degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie/baking sheet.
  3. Combine all ingredients. Mixture will be a little wet and sticky.
  4. Form two equal patties.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes on lightly greased cookie/baking sheet.
  6. Toast English Muffins to desired crispness.
  7. Assemble your tuna burgers with favorite toppings and condiments. (I would have put tomato on mine but didn't have any in the house.)

I've always been a fan of Starkist products. I feel as though I'm always getting quality tuna, and my family loves it. The great thing about the flavored individual serving sizes is that while they're great for cooking with, you can easily just bring one with you to work for a snack or a light lunch. The Hickory Smoked Tuna pouches contain only 110 calories for 2.6oz. If I can make a single burger out of a pouch, that's definitely more than enough. (I even cut off the edges of the burger so it'd fit better on the English muffin.)

I have seen some people on Starkist's Facebook page complaining about bones in their tuna. First of all, the package states that there may be bones. Secondly, I've NEVER had a single bone in ANY of the tuna I've purchased, whether canned or single serve.

Since I'm not planning to cook with it, I did want to mention that I LOVED the Herb & Garlic variety. It was absolutely scrumptious and flavored perfectly without any extra water/oil. I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to preparing fish. Give me a butter sauce and a nice fish filet and I'm set. I had never cooked with tuna before, and only added mayo in order to make a sandwich. Once while I was pregnant I got a wild hair up you-know-where and added some curry powder. (Which was the best thing ever at the time.) However, I was extremely impressed with the flavors of these pouches. Definitely a product I would recommend, and cook with again. Which, lucky for you, will be happening in the near future!

Make sure you keep checking the linky as the month progresses. We've got 10 bloggers creating 10 recipes each! There are sure to be some fantastic goodies popping up.

*I received the above mentioned products free of charge from Starkist in order to facilitate this recipe and review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.

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