Fried Tuna Patties

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
These fried tuna patties are 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 variation, if you like. —Joann Brasington, Sumter, South Carolina
Fried Tuna Patties Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 large 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
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Tomato slices and lettuce leaves, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine tuna and next 12 ingredients; mix well. Shape into 4 patties (mixture will be soft).
  2. In a nonstick skillet, cook patties in oil over medium-high heat until golden brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side. Serve on buns. If desired, add tomato and lettuce.
How do you keep fried tuna patties from falling apart? Use a firm touch when shaping your tuna patties, especially around the edges. Placing the tuna patties on a sheet pan and chilling them in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes should also help keep them together. When frying the patties in the pan, avoid moving them too much. Brown well on one side before flipping to the other side. Should you use light or albacore tuna to make fried tuna patties? Your choice of tuna is completely up to you, but maybe lean a little more toward albacore tuna. Albacore has a milder, less fishy taste than standard light tuna, which plays terrifically with the seasonings you are putting into these tuna patties. Albacore is also packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. How else can you serve fried tuna patties? If you are aiming for a healthier serving option, you can serve these tuna patties in Bibb lettuce cups. You can also tuck these patties into pita or flatbread. And don’t forget your sides! These Beet and Sweet Potato Fries ( would be a terrific accompaniment, or this Easy Tangy Coleslaw (

Nutrition Facts

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