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The Best Healthy Tuna Patty Recipe – Quick and Easy!

This delicious, healthy tuna patty recipe is so easy to make. It’s a quick, tasty meal with ingredients in your pantry. Also, this low-calorie tuna patty has only 200 calories per serving.

Two Tuna Patties on a Plate with Lemon and Mayonnaise

I wanted to improve the health of these tuna burgers, so I added some chopped red peppers, celery, and onions and used a whole grain gluten-free cracker for the breadcrumbs. You can also do this with Salmon Patties or Turkey Burgers. The onion adds moisture and deep flavor, and the red bell pepper adds a subtle sweetness. I served these with Dijon Honey Slaw, which added that lovely crunch.

Ingredients for Healthy Tuna Patty

Ingredients for Easy Tuna Patties
  • Albacore Tuna – I used Wild Planet.
  • Chopped Yellow Onion
  • Chopped Red Bell Peppers
  • Chopped Celery
  • Ground Whole Grain Crackers – I also used Gluten Free Crackers. If you are not gluten-free, use regular whole-grain crackers
  • 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, but any crunchy crackers will do. You can also use gluten-free or regular Panko.

Step 2 –

Break up the canned tuna with a fork into small pieces.

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 Tuna 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 patty shape.

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

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

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!

Side Easy Coleslaw 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

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!)

Two healthy tuna burgers on a white plate with honey Dijon coleslaw
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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

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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

Step 1 – Grind the crackers in a high-speed blender. I used a baked, gluten-free cracker, but crunchy crackers will do. You can also use gluten-free or regular Panko.

 

Step 2 – Chop the Tuna into Small Pieces, ensuring no large pieces. Break up the canned tuna with a fork. Finely Chop Onions, Celery, and Red Bell Pepper. Whisk Eggs. Squeeze the Juice of half 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.

Step 3 – 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! 

SIDE 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

 

 

Notes

* Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator 

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