Open Faced Tuna Melt

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Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that’s quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them! Plus, this recipe is a great use of leftover hamburger buns.

Open Faced Tuna Melt Recipe:

Ladies and gentleman, let me present a delicious family-pleasing dinner that won’t break the bank. Let me repeat that. THIS IS SO CHEAP TO MAKE!

2 small cans tuna

Mayonnaise

Relish (or chopped pickles with a splash of juice)

Leftover hamburger buns (buttered)

Cheese Slices

I’m betting you might already have all these ingredients in the refrigerator and pantry.

Hot Tuna Boats are a classic, open-faced tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

How To Use Leftover Hamburger Buns

Last weekend, we celebrated my son’s birthday. So I made a huge pan of Oven Pulled Pork, and we ate it on hamburger buns.  Well it turns out that I overbought buns.  I absolutely hate letting food go to waste. I already made hamburgers, and I used a couple buns in my Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes. But I still had a few buns lying around.

Suddenly, I had an epiphany when I spotted a couple lonely cans of packed tuna in the cabinet. So I toasted up the buttered buns, whipped up an easy tuna salad recipe (found below), topped it with cheddar cheese slices, and broiled until melty.  The result was a yummy, easy lunch that took minimal effort.

I’ve also been known to make up tuna salad and stuff it into a refrigerated biscuit as a turnover or make it into a tuna salad coney.

Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

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If you have a favorite, go-to tuna salad recipe, use it by all means. Or go ahead and make up this simple version that I use.

Tuna Salad Recipe

How to Make Classic Tuna Salad:

Drain 2 small cans tuna (packed in water); mix with 3 tablespoons Mayo (or Miracle Whip), and 1 tablespoon relish. Season with salt and pepper.

What can I mix with canned tuna?

The options are endless.  Here’s some great ideas:

  1. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  2. Mustard (Dijon, Yellow, or Stone-Ground)
  3. Shredded Cheese
  4. Relish or Pickles
  5. Hard-boiled Eggs
  6. Lemon Juice or Lemon Zest
  7. Dried Cranberries
  8. Celery
  9. Onions
  10. Olives
  11. Avocado

How to Make Easy Open-Faced Tuna Melts:

  1. Split bun; butter the open side.
  2. Broil until lightly browned; watching carefully so it doesn’t burn. (optional step)
  3. Remove from oven; top with one scoop tuna salad.
  4. Top with slice of cheese.
  5. Return to the oven and broil until the cheese melts.

For the full instructions and ingredient list for hot tuna melts, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Hot Tuna Boats are a classic, open-faced tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

Notes About Classic Tuna Melts:

  • This is an open-faced tuna melt recipe.
  • I love using leftover hamburger buns for this tuna melt recipe. Don’t let those buns go to waste.
  • My version of easy open faced tuna melts includes a step to toast the bun, but this is an optional step. I love the added butter-flavor and toasted crunch, but it’s great without it too.
  • Use your favorite tuna salad recipe for these classic tuna melts or follow my simple recipe (found in the section above).
  • These are a great quick freezer meal.  Pull out one or two or three and microwave them until warm. Or bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F or until warmed through to the center.

Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

How To Freeze Tuna Melts:

  1. Prepare tuna boats following the recipe. Let cool completely.
  2. Wrap individually in aluminum foil; seal tightly in a freezer, zip-lock bag.
  3. When ready to eat, pull out as many classic tuna melts as you need.
  4. To warm, heat in the microwave for or bake from frozen in a preheated 350 degree F oven until heated through, approximately 20-25 minutes.

 

More Cheap Tuna Recipes:

Mom’s Tuna Casserole

Mom's Tuna Casserole topped with crumbled potato chips is one of those classic dishes that was on every dinner table across the country back in the day.

Tuna Mac and Cheese

Tuna Macaroni and Cheese is a quick, stove top dinner that can be made from pantry staples.  The extra cheesy tuna mac goodness will satisfy everyone in your house.

Easy Tuna BBQ

Open Faced Tuna Melts

Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheap tuna recipes, classic tuna melt, easy tuna melt, hot tuna boats, open faced tuna melt, tuna boats, tuna salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Tuna Salad Recipe

  • 2 cans tuna, packed in water (5 oz. cans)
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • 1 Tablespoon relish (or 2 chopped up gerkins and a splash of juice)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Tuna Melts

  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Prepare tuna salad by draining tuna and mixing with mayonnaise, relish salt and pepper. You may also use your own favorite tuna salad recipe.
  • Split buns and butter the open sides.
    Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!
  • Lay the buttered side up and broil until lightly browned, watching closely.
    Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!
  • Add one scoop of prepared tuna salad on each bun; top with cheese slice.
    Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!
  • Return to the oven and broil until the cheese melts. Do not walk away.
    Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

How to Freeze Tuna Melts

  • Prepare the recipe above, and let cool completely.
  • Wrap tuna boats individually with foil. Put the wrapped boats into a freezer, zip-lock bag and label. Freeze until ready to serve.
    Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

Notes

  • This is an open-faced tuna melt recipe.
  • I love using leftover hamburger buns for this tuna melt recipe. Don't let those buns go to waste.
  • My version of easy open faced tuna melts includes a step to toast the bun, but this is an optional step. I love the added butter-flavor and toasted crunch, but it's great without it too.
  • Use your favorite tuna salad recipe for these classic tuna melts or follow my simple recipe (found in the section above).
  • These are a great quick freezer meal.  Pull out one or two or three and microwave them until warm. Or bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F or until warmed through to the center. 
  • Love recipes using leftover hamburger buns? Try our Easy Pizza Buns. 

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg

Open Faced Tuna Melts are a classic tuna melt recipe that's quick to make and extremely easy on the wallet. And, kids and adults love them!

 

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