Disney history buffs might remember that Van Camp Seafood Company came aboard to sponsor a restaurant near the back of Fantasyland called Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship & Restaurant (which was later renamed Captain Hook’s Galley in 1969) when the park first opened.
For decades, that’s where Disneyland guests went to enjoy what was then a familiar but beloved food item — the Tuna Burger! And, while you can’t find it in the park anymore, you can still make it at home!
The area where the restaurant once was is now home to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, but today, we’re going back in time to 1982 and bringing you the FULL recipe to make your very own Disneyland Tuna Burger from Captain Hook’s Galley!
- 9 ounces of canned tuna (one standard can)
- 1 TBSP of chopped onion
- 1/4 cup of chopped celery
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 4 TBSP of mayonnaise
- 2 TBSP of ketchup
- Slices of sweet pickle, to taste
- 4 hamburger buns, unsliced
- First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
- Then, combine the top four ingredients plus half the mayonnaise (2 TBSP) in a medium bowl.
- In a separate, smaller bowl, combine all the ketchup (4 TBSP) with the rest of the mayonnaise (2 TBSP).
- Now, here’s where things get interesting! The Disneyland Tuna Burger was a triple-decker affair. So slice each hamburger bun into three parts, slicing parallel to your work surface.
- Top each bottom later of bun with a spread from the ketchup-mayo bowl, plus as many sweet pickle slices as you like.
- Stack the middle bun slice on top of the bottom slice and cover it with tuna mixture from the larger bowl.
- Cover these with the top slice of bun.
- Finally, wrap each triple-decker burger in aluminum foil and bake the sandwiches at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
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