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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