Easy Tuna Melts prepared open faced with albacore tuna on crusty bread and broiled in the oven. An easy and customizable lunch recipe that kids and adults love! 

Are you looking for more quick and easy sandwich or lunch recipes?  You might love Chicken Cashew Wraps, Italian Grilled Cheese,  or Tuna Pasta Salad.

Overhead photo of four open faced tuna melts with cheese, tomato and sliced avocados on top.

Easy Tuna Melts

As much as I love to cook, lunchtime is always the busiest part of the day at our house and I’m constantly trying to think of easy but delicious lunch or sandwich ideas for me and my toddler. Some of my go-to’s are Tomato Basil Mozzarella Toast and Cashew Chicken Wraps, or these easy Tuna Melts!

How to Make a Tuna Melt:
  • Make the filling.  Combine tuna, onion, mayo, lemon juice, oregano and salt and pepper.
  • Layer the toppings. Spoon the tuna mixture on the bread and top with cheese, avocado, and/or tomato.
  • Broil on high until cheese is melted and bubbly.

A bowl with the ingredients for making tuna melts, next to another photo of the tuna melts being assembled on open face bread slices, with cheese, tomato and avocado slices placed on top of them.

Feel free to mix it up! Here are some more fun adaptions to a traditional Tuna Melt:
  • Use your favorite kind of cheese–pepper jack, American, or any kind will work!
  • Change the bread.  Crusty artisan bread is especially delicious but you could wheat, white, sourdough or rye bread would all be delicious substitutions.
  • Add fun toppings! You can keep it simple with tuna and cheese or jazz it up by adding tomato, avocado, bacon, sprouts, jalapeños or hot sauce!
  • Make it a sandwich instead of an open faced tuna melt.
Does tuna go with cheese?

Definitely!  Tuna and cheese are like spaghetti and meatballs; born to be a pair! One of my kids favorite easy dinners is this Tuna Noodle Casserole that’s topped with parmesan cheese.

Two open faced tuna melts on a white plate with strawberries and grapes on the side.

Tip for perfect Tuna Melts:
  1. Use high quality tuna. White Albacore tuna, packed in water is my preferred choice for tuna melts!  The higher quality the tuna, the tastier the tuna melt, so don’t go cheap here.
  2. Drain well! Be sure to drain the can of tuna really well before making the filling. This will help you avoid a strong “fishy” flavor that no one likes in their tuna melt.

A close up photo of a stacked tuna melt with tuna salad and cheddar cheese toasted on a slice of bread.

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Overhead photo of four open faced tuna melts with cheese, tomato and sliced avocados on top.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 10 mins
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  • 12 ounces canned albacore white tuna, packed in water , drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise , more to taste (or substitute half mayo, half plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup red onion , finely chopped (or yellow onion)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • pinch dried oregano leaves
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 4 slices crusty bread
  • 4 slices cheese , cheddar or provolone
  • avocado , optional, for topping
  • tomato , optional , for topping


  • Turn oven to Broil on High.
  • In a medium bowl, combine tuna, mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and oregano and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Arrange bread on a baking sheet and smooth a big spoonful of tuna mixture onto each slice.   
  • Top with thin slices of tomato or avocado, if desired, and then a slice of cheese. 
  • Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 29gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 721mgPotassium: 272mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 279mgIron: 1.9mg

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*I originally shared this recipe in August 2014. Updated May 2019.

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m so glad you posted / updated this recipe! It’s so good, and close to the way I’ve made them since childhood. (I also add garlic powder, chili powder and diced kosher dill pickle. 🙌🏾 ) There are so many variations, but once I tried this one, I never went back. 😉 Thank you for sharing, Lauren!

  2. Anyone know the break down for nutrition part. I could really use. Also made these to night and they were awesome.

  3. Tuna Melts are a Sunday after church staple in this house! I’m for sure trying this variation soon!