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Open Faced Tuna Melt with Bacon

Open Faced Tuna Melt with Bacon has toasted English muffins topped with the BEST tuna salad, Swiss cheese, and bacon. For a delicious lunch or light dinner, this tuna melt is made open face in the toaster oven or conventional oven with just the right balance of creaminess and crunch.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 593 kcal


For the tuna salad

  • 2 (5 oz) cans solid white albacore tuna in water drained and flaked
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium rib celery chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream

For the tuna melts

  • 3 English muffins split
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp fresh snipped chives


Make the tuna salad

  • Combine the ingredients for the tuna salad in a bowl with a fork. Set aside or refrigerate until use ready to proceed.

Make the tuna melts

  • Toast the English muffins until golden. Transfer to a bake sheet.
  • Set toaster oven or conventional oven to broil.
  • Top the English muffins with tuna salad and cheese.
  • Place bake tray/sheet in oven (*see Notes*) and cook until cheese just starts to melt. Top with bacon and continue to cook until cheese is melty and melt is warmed through.
  • Top with chives and serve.


In a toaster oven, just place the toaster bake pan on the rack in the toaster oven. In a conventional oven, cook the melts a couple inches under the broiler.
Watch the melts while cooking because the cheese will melt quickly. This is especially true in a conventional oven.
Serving sizes are based on using English muffins. If larger delivery vehicles are used - bread, bagels, etc - this may reduce serving size to 2, with those servings being more generous.


Calories: 593kcal (30%) | Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) | Protein: 40g (80%) | Fat: 38g (58%) | Saturated Fat: 13g (81%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 107mg (36%) | Sodium: 808mg (35%) | Potassium: 337mg (10%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 2g (2%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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