Practice Meatless Mondays? You NEED this simple Tuna Patties recipe!

Whether you practice Meatless Mondays, or are simply looking for a new quick, simple, and nutritious recipe to add to your arsenal, these easy tuna patties fit the bill!

See it was a weeknight, I was trying to use what I had in the pantry and refrigerator, and was craving something warm and light – yet filling. Tuna was the main protein I had that wasn’t frozen solid….so tuna it was. Besides, tuna is jam packed with those healthy omega 3’s that we all need! In fact tuna is probably most known for it’s heart health! The health benefits around tuna are numerous and include its ability to reduce cardiovascular conditions, stimulate growth and development, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, help in weight loss efforts, boost the immune system, increase energy, maintain the health of the skin, increase red blood cell count, prevent cancer, protect against various kidney diseases, reduce general inflammation, and inhibit cell membrane damage¹. Wow right?

So long story short, with a simple Google search I landed on these bad boys and all I can say is YUM! This will for sure become a weeknight staple in our house! Added bonus….they are toddler approved!

The original recipe is from Simply Recipes, and while I followed it for the most part, I did make some substitutions like using crushed red peppers for tabasco and using dried chives versus fresh as I didn’t have any on hand. I also chilled my patties for 20 minutes versus 60, because let’s face it… It was already supper time when I started my search. :/ (Unfortunately I was in such a hurry, and they were devoured so fast, I forgot to snap a picture…so you are just going to have to trust me!)

Easy Tuna Patties

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 10 Min
Servings: 4 patties


  • (2) 6-ounce cans tuna (my favorite is Wild Planet – so I used (2) 5 ounce cans)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup white bread torn into small pieces – (I substituted whole grain bread crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp water (or liquid from the cans of tuna)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives, green onions, or shallots – (I used dried)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A couple squirts of Crystal hot sauce or tabasco-  (I swapped out for 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes instead)
  • 1 raw egg
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter

1 Drain tuna: Drain the liquid from the tuna cans. If you are using tuna packed in water, reserve a tablespoon of the tuna water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil to the tuna mixture in the next step.

2 Mix tuna with mustard, bread, zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, hot sauce, salt, pepper, egg: In a medium bowl, mix together the tuna, mustard, torn white bread, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Sprinkle on salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste the mixture before adding the egg to see if it needs more seasoning to your taste. Mix in the egg.

3 Form into patties, chill: Divide the mixture into 4 parts. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour. (You can skip the chilling if you want, chilling just helps the patties stay together when you cook them.)

4 Sauté in skillet: Heat the olive oil and a little butter (for taste) in a cast iron or stick-free skillet on medium high. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.

Serve with wedges of lemon. You can also serve with tartar sauce or horseradish aioli on slider buns or a lettuce leaf for a tuna burger.

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