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Best Quick Tasty Tuna Patty Recipe – (Healthy!)

Summertime always reminds me of Tuna Patties. Simple, healthy, and so good for you! This delicious, simple healthy tuna patty recipe is so easy to make. It’s a quick, tasty meal with ingredients in your pantry.

Two Tuna Patties on a Plate with Lemon and Mayonnaise

Why is this BEST QUICK, TASTY TUNA RECIPE SO HEALTHY?

I wanted to up the health factor of these tuna burgers, so I added some chopped red peppers, celery, and onions and used a whole grain cracker for the breadcrumbs. This is something you can also do with Salmon Patties or Turkey Burgers. Onion adds moisture and deep flavor. The Red Bell Pepper added a subtle sweetness. I served these with Dijon Honey Coleslaw, which added that lovely crunch. You will love making these easy tuna burgers! Recipes like this are very Mediterranean Diet which we are all about here at Delectable Food Life.

Ingredients in this Mediterranean Tuna Burger

  • Albacore Tuna – I used Wild Planet.
  • Chopped Yellow Onion
  • Chopped Red Bell Peppers
  • Chopped Celery
  • Ground Whole Grain Crackers – I also used Gluten Free but regular work.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Ingredients for Dijon Honey Coleslaw

  • White Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Pepper
Two Healthy Tuna Burgers with coleslaw

How to Make This Quick, Easy Tuna Patty Recipe

Step 1 –

Grind the crackers in a high-speed blender. I used a baked, gluten-free cracker. Any crunchy crackers will do. You can also use Gluten -Free or regular Panko.

Step 2 –

Chop Tuna into Small Pieces. Make sure there are no large pieces. Break up the canned tuna with a fork.

Finely Chop Onions, Celery, and Red Bell Pepper.

Whisk Eggs.

Squeeze Juice of 1/2 of a Lemon.

Add Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper.

Step 3 – Assemble Patties

Blend all ingredients for the Tuna Patties until well combined.

Scoop 1/2 Cup of Mixture into your hand, roll, and press into a Tuna Burger shape.

Place Tuna Patties on a Plate and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. This helps them to stay together while frying.

While Tuna Patties are in the refrigerator, prepare the homemade Slaw.

SLAW RECIPE

This easy slaw recipe consists of the following:

2 Cups Shredded White Cabbage

1 Cup Shredded Red Cabbage

1 Cup Shredded Carrots

1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise – I used Sir Kensington

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard – I used Grey Poupon

1 Teaspoon Honey – Add more to taste if you like it sweeter.

Juice of a 1/2 Lemon

6-7 Turns from a Pepper Mill to finish.

Combine everything in a large bowl and mix well.

Makes 4 – 1 Cup Servings

Step 4 – Saute Healthy Tuna Patties in Olive Oil

Preheat a non-stick frying pan to medium-low heat. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil. Saute Tuna Patties for approximately 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Turn Tuna Patties carefully with a large spatula and spoon flipping gently. Remove from heat and serve with Coleslaw. Top Patties with Mayo and Scallions or offer on the side!

Healthy Tuna Patties on a white plate with Mayonnaise and Scallions

FAQ

What to serve with Healthy Tuna Patties?

You can serve the Tuna Patties with a Green Salad or Coleslaw, on a Bun burger style, or stuffed into a Pita. This recipe is delicious, plated with a Tuna Patty, Coleslaw, and a bright lemon wedge.

Can you bake Tuna Patties?

Yes! You can place tuna patties on an oiled Sheet Pan and Bake at 350 degrees for 15 Minutes until golden brown, turning gently halfway.

How do you keep the Tuna Patties from falling apart?

Refrigerate your patties for 20-30 minutes before you fry them; this helps the cakes stay together.

Can you make the Tuna Burgers without Breadcrumbs or Panko?

Yes! Make sure to press them firmly into balls and then flatten them before refrigerating. Then fry.

Where did Tuna Patties originate?

According to Wikipedia, a Tuna Patty is a variation of a traditional ‘fishcake‘.

Can you use other fish for this Recipe?

This recipe would be delicious with Canned or Cooked Salmon or Crab.

Can you melt cheese on this Tuna Burger?

Certainly! Melt some cheese, and this becomes a Tuna Melt.

Is this Tuna Patty Recipe healthy?

Yes. Tuna is rich in anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fat. The Celery, Red Pepper, and Onion contain healthy vitamins and antioxidants. Olive Oil is heart-healthy and part of the Mediterranean Diet repertoire.

Two Healthy Tuna Burgers with coleslaw

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Best Quick Tasty Tuna Patty Recipe – (Healthy!)

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Summertime always reminds me of Tuna Patties. Simple, healthy, and so good for you! This delicious, simple healthy tuna patty recipe is so easy to make. It’s a quick, tasty meal with ingredients in your pantry.

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 Minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Patties 1x
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Scale

2 Cans Wild Planet Albacore Tuna – Drained and Chopped

1/2 Cup Ground Crackers or Panko (GF or Regular)

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Bell Pepper

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Celery

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Yellow Onion

2 Eggs Whisked

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Juice of half a Lemon

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Mayonnaise as a condiment

1/4 Cup Chopped Scallions as a side condiment

Instructions

How to Make This Easy Tuna Patty Recipe Step 1 –

Grind the crackers in a high-speed blender. I used a baked, gluten-free cracker. Any crunchy crackers will do. You can also use Gluten -Free or regular Panko.

Step 2 –

Chop Tuna into Small Pieces. Make sure there are no large pieces. Break up the canned tuna with a fork.

Finely Chop Onions, Celery, and Red Bell Pepper.

Whisk Eggs.

Squeeze Juice of 1/2 of a Lemon.

Step 3 – Assemble Patties

Mix all ingredients for the Tuna Patties in a large bowl until well combined.

Scoop 1/2 Cup of Mixture into your hand, roll, and press into a Tuna Burger shape.

Place Tuna Patties on a Plate and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

While Tuna Patties are in the refrigerator, prepare the homemade Slaw.

SLAW RECIPE

This easy slaw recipe consists of the following:

2 Cups Shredded White Cabbage

1 Cup Shredded Red Cabbage

1 Cup Shredded Carrots

1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise – I used Sir Kensington

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard – I used Grey Poupon

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

6-7 Turns of a Pepper Mill 

Combine in a serving bowl. 

1 Teaspoon Honey – Add more to taste if you like it sweeter.

6-7 Turns from a Pepper Mill to finish.

Combine everything in a large bowl and mix well. M

Makes 4 – One Cup Servings Servings

 

Step 4 – Saute Tuna Patties in Olive Oil

Preheat a non-stick frying pan to medium-low heat.

Add 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil.

Saute Tuna Patties for approximately 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Turn Tuna Patties carefully with a large spatula and spoon flipping gently.

Remove from heat and serve with Coleslaw.

Top Patties with Mayo and Scallions or offer on the side! 

Notes

* Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator 

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