Veggie Tuna Burgers Recipe
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Veggie Tuna Burgers Recipe

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You don't have to be a health nut to enjoy the flavor of these moist and nutritious burgers.They're an easy way to get my children to eat their vegetables.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup each shredded zucchini, yellow summer squash and carrots
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 can (6 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • 6 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 slices tomato

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 275 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 643mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add the zucchini, yellow squash and carrots; saute until tender. Drain and cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, tuna, salt and pepper. Add vegetable mixture. Shape into six 3-1/2-in. patties.
  3. Coat the same skillet again with cooking spray; cook patties in butter for 3-5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve on buns with cheese, lettuce and tomato. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Veggie Tuna Burgers in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p47

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Ken345 User ID: 6938206 129968
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"This was a fairly simple yet very tasty meal. I found that the key to them staying together pretty well is to grate the veggies and cook them right up to the point of everything beginning to get soft. Then when adding it all together if it still wants to fall apart adding in a little extra egg does the trick."

mrsbaird02 User ID: 1545275 129966
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I love this recipe in the summer when my garden is overflowing with zucchini and carrots. Very healthy and great flavor. The only issue I have had is they fall apart a little if the consistency isn't perfect. Otherwise, one of my favorite burgers."

kebean0106 User ID: 4694635 209051
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"I found these tuna burgers to be too sweet. Maybe a different vegetable mix would help, but I couldn't finish mine."

KJ1 User ID: 1778245 96514
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"Great idea with the oatmeal, because I can't have wheat!!!! I want to try these!"

mary camille User ID: 239774 152780
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"This sounds wonderful. The only thing I would do differently is to exchange the 2 cups of breadcrumbs for perhaps a cup or a cup and a half of pulverized oatmeal, adding much more nutritional value. I will try these, using the oatmeal. Thanks"

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