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Mom’s Old School Velveeta Tuna Buns

A retro classic, Mom’s Old School Velveeta Tuna Buns make hearty, delicious sandwiches. Filled with tuna, Velveeta cheese, hard boiled eggs and more.

Cheesy Tuna Buns are undoubtedly equal parts delicious and messy. My mom made this for dinner growing up, bringing a large sheet pan out of the oven wrapped tightly in foil, with lots of melty tuna buns nested inside. Sneaking a leftover cold tuna bun from the fridge was not unheard of. 😅

What we’re workin’ with

Canned tuna, Velveeta cheese, bell pepper, onion and hard boiled eggs are make up the tasty filling. The eggs provide a nice texture and extra protein, without a strong taste. So if the idea of egg puts you off, I would say that it is a mild flavor (if at all), but it lends to a nicer, creamier texture.

Stretching the recipe to make extra servings

As directed, this recipe will make 8 hefty sandwiches. Big ol’ buns. If you would like to stretch the filling to make more servings, I would say the filling can easily be used for 12+ sandwiches. Just be sure to make sure you pick up an extra bag of buns.

A tip for those who don’t love chopping (me)

I used an egg slicer for both the eggs and the Velveeta. Use the device to slice in one direction, then turn the eggs or Velveeta cubes 90 degrees and cut again. Uniform pieces that are easy peasy. I found this to be a quick way to get the prep done and it is extra easy for me, being vision impaired which makes chopping a dicey (ha) endeavor.

Do I have to use Velveeta?

I think using freshly shredded cheese (when possible) would work great. If you have to go with pre shredded cheese, a good tip is to rinse the cheese in a colander and pat dry to get rid of the stuff they add to the cheese so it doesn’t clump together in the bag. You will get a better, meltier cheese this way. Velveeta shreds might be a great compromise now that I think of it!

Unbaked Tuna Buns

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Mom’s Old School Velveeta Tuna Buns

A retro classic, Mom's Old School Cheesy Tuna Buns make hearty, delicious sandwiches. Filled with tuna, Velveeta cheese, hard boiled eggs and more.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 sandwiches
Calories 204 kcal


  • 8 each hamburger buns sometimes I stretch it to 12 buns
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs chopped
  • 3 cans tuna drained (I use 5 oz. cans packed in water)
  • 12 oz Velveeta cheese cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup yellow or white onion diced (Alternatively I have used 1 Tbsp. dried minced onion)
  • 1 small red bell pepper diced, about 1/2 cup total
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 Tbsp. sweet or regular pickle relish


  • Preheat oven to 400-f degrees. Combine all ingredients except the buns. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with foil.
  • Lay down bottom buns. Add 1/2 cup of filling to each bun, topping with the other part of your hamburger bun. If stretching the mixture to use more buns, you will want to use less than 1/2 cup.
  • Cover with foil tightly. (Buns will get too crunchy if baked the entire time without the foil). Bake for 25 minutes. If you would like a little bit of crunch, take the foil off for the last 5 minutes.


Recipe from my mom


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 24gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 913mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 879IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 272mgIron: 2mg
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