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Tuna Patty

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


  • 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


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

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  • David
    Feb 19, 2021

    Excellent recipe!! I cooked them in my air fryer spraying both sides of the patty with a little olive oil to prevent sticking and cooked them at 360 degrees for 10 minutes flipping it half way. A definite repeater

  • ad554836
    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
    Oct 25, 2012

    loved this recipe

  • smadden85
    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!

  • Myza
    Mar 29, 2012

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  • schafes
    Jun 2, 2011

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  • jbdupuis
    Feb 2, 2010

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