Ruth Jean’s Tuna Melts

Grandma Ruth Jean's Tuna Melts

While we’re on an heirloom recipe kick, I thought it was high time I shared these easy, cheesy Tuna Melts with you, which I actually photographed these last June when I first got my DSLR! Guilty as charged! I have been hiding them from you, keeping them all to myself.

Grandma Ruth Jean's Tuna Melts
I can tell you from personal experience that, as an avid cook, there is nothing as exciting as receiving a packet of vintage family recipe cards in the mail. Last year my Step-Grandmother Carol sent me a package full of my Grandmother’s original recipe cards. I promptly called my Dad to share in my elation and he told me, as I read through each card, which recipes were his favorites, which were his dad’s favorites and which were his sisters’ favorites!

These Tuna Melts made it on his list of favorites and I completely understand why! I think the secret is the sweet relish.

Sweet Relish

I remember the first time I ever saw anyone put sweet relish on tuna fish. It was my now husband and I was revolted! He forced me, okay cajoled me, into trying it, promising me that it was delicious. And he was right! I now rarely eat tuna fish without it.

Grandma Ruth Jean knew that the salty-sweetness of relish pairs just perfectly with tuna.

Grandma Ruth Jean's Tuna Melts

Something about the simplicity of these burgers makes them that much more special! Mix it up, wrap them in foil, bake, then eat. How easy was that? Okay, fine, there is some minor chopping involved.

Grandma Ruth Jean's Tuna Melts

The chips on the side? Those are a nod to my father. They’re BBQ, and we know how much he loves barbecue! After the photo shoot I put some of the chips on my tuna melt sandwich and it was amazing!

Grandma Ruth Jean's Tuna Melts

I kept these tuna burgers fairly true to Grandma Ruth Jean’s original recipe; however I did reduce the amount of mayo because I’m not a huge fan and I used cheddar cheese because I’m allergic to American Cheese. #funfact

I’ve included the original amounts and ingredients in parentheses in the recipe below in case you want to try it out!

Ruth Jean’s Tuna Melts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Canned tuna is the star of these cheesy, easy heirloom Tuna Melts!

Ingredients

  • 1 7-oz can tuna fish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green peppers
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or American)
  • ¼ cup miracle whip light (the original calls for ½ cup mayo)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Mix ingredients well but lightly. Make four patties and wrap each in aluminum foil.
  3. Bake 30 minutes in preheated oven. Serve on rolls!

Notes:

These patties will be loose. They will not hold together like burgers. Don't fret, my dad said this was how his mom made them :-)

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Comments

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Haha! Thanks, Bill! This is definitely any easy, foolproof recipe! My paternal grandmother was good for those! I have some others of hers that I have been making for a while but haven’t photographed and shared yet!

  1. says

    I love tuna salad and I am always looking for different ways to try it. I usually use relish in mine too. I recently found a recipe on All Recipes that called for curry powder. I liked the first time I tried it but didn’t care for it as much the second go around (does that ever happen to you?) Curry though is just not one of my favorite flavors. I have never tried hard-boiled eggs so this is new to me as well.
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I have a curried chicken salad recipe that I love, which I should share sometime, come to think of it. I’m not sure how I feel about the combo of curry and tunafish, but I’m willing to try most things once. That definitely happens to me where I like something and then it loses it appeal upon repeat trials! I hope you do try this out! I liked the addition of the eggs and the onions and peppers.

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I heart vintage recipes too! Well, most of the time…sometimes it’s best they stayed in the past! lol!

  2. Barbara says

    Have totally forgotten these but will definitely try them again! Thanks Lindsey for posting the recipe.

  3. Susan Raines says

    Lindsey I will have to try these, I do not remember them! But so remember cranking out the ginger & chocolate chip cookies by the dozen!

    Love the blog!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks, Aunt Susan! And happy birthday!!! I don’t have a recipe for ginger and chocolate chip cookies! Those sound delicious! I’d love if you could snap a photo and send it my way! I’m always in for another cookie recipe. I do have a recipe for her Chocolate Drops that sound amazing and are next on my list :-)

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I hope to post more soon! There are some cookies that I want to try (no shock there! lol)!

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