Tuna Patty Recipe
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Tuna Patty Recipe

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Joann Brasington of Sumter, South Carolina reports that this tasty change-of-pace sandwich is as quick to prepare as your favorite hamburger. "My husband likes his topped with melted Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard. Salmon can be substituted for a more 'elegant' burger," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Tomato slices and lettuce leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 363 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 962mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tuna, egg, bread crumbs, onion, celery, red pepper, mayonnaise, chili sauce and seasonings; mix well. Shape into four patties (mixture will be soft).
  2. Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray; fry patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve on buns with tomato and lettuce if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tuna Burgers in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p7

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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ad554836 20702
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"This was very good! I used plain breadcrumbs plus about 2 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning instead of pre-seasoned crumbs, and I did not use onion or hot pepper sauce. Also, I used red wine vinegar instead of worcestershire. I tried to cut my celery small, but I think next time I will do it even smaller... I had a little trouble getting the patties to stay together on the skillet. I will be making this again though! My husband loved it!"

euge1 50724
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012 Edited Dec. 22, 2014

"loved this recipe"

smadden85 44922
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"This is the yummiest tuna patty recipe I've ever tried. I'm definitely bringing tuna patties to the table more often!"

jbdupuis 23016
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Great alternative to hamburgers. Delicious, healthy-eating, and low cost meal! Thank you for submitting to Taste of Home."

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