This is a great recipe I came up with to get rid of leftover bread. I generally use the contents of my vegetable drawer here so I kind of throw in whatever I have at the time, so you can use your own judgment. They taste really nice when eaten with sour cream or low-fat mayo or even on their own - though my husband prefers ketchup. I generally use this recipe as a guideline, so have fun with it!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 patties
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak bread in water in a large shallow dish until softened completely; remove from dish and squeeze as much water from bread as possible.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, spinach, and garlic in the hot oil until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix the onion mixture with softened bread, tuna, mushrooms, zucchini, celery, eggs, dill, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano in a large bowl until combined. Form the mixture into about 24 thin, palm-size patties.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the patties in the skillet until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Cook's Note:

If you have pre-sliced bread from the store, that can be used as well; you just have to use more of it, so probably about 5 or 6 slices.

Nutrition Facts

43 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 3g; fat 1.8g; cholesterol 18.6mg; sodium 133mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2013
The recipe was great, but I did modify it. Added the zuc, musrooms and some banana peppers to the fried veg. Added the bread when all the ingredients were mixed. I also increased the amount of tuna by one can and added an extra egg to help hold it all together. Before I fried the patties and medium-low heat in the skillet I pressed them using a hamburger press. I toasted some whole wheat bread and sliced some tomato and avocado to add for toppings along with some low fat mayo. Hope this helps somebody eyeing up the recipe... I also supplied the pictures fyi. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2015
Tuna Fish Patties Haiku: "These were so soggy. So many 'watery' things. Maybe needs more bread." The zucchini and the mushrooms gave off too much liquid coupled w/ the bread having been soaked in water (I'm clueless - what was the point of doing that and not just using breadcrumbs?) and the end result was a very liquid-ey bowl of ingredients that I had to squeeze in a colander b4 forming into patties. Like other folks I don't see how 24 patties could've been formed out of this so I made 8. The flavor was good but the execution and instructions weren't. If I made this recipe again (big If) I wouldn't soak bread (would use breadcrumbs) I'd sweat the zucchini 1st (or skip it altogether) and same goes for the mushrooms. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2013
The recipe was great, but I did modify it. Added the zuc, musrooms and some banana peppers to the fried veg. Added the bread when all the ingredients were mixed. I also increased the amount of tuna by one can and added an extra egg to help hold it all together. Before I fried the patties and medium-low heat in the skillet I pressed them using a hamburger press. I toasted some whole wheat bread and sliced some tomato and avocado to add for toppings along with some low fat mayo. Hope this helps somebody eyeing up the recipe... I also supplied the pictures fyi. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2012
Yum! It did not have a strong tuna taste to it. I used what veggies I had in my refrig. (mushrooms green peppers celery and onions). Only suggestion is to add what and when to add bread. Almost forgot to add because it was not included in the directions. Great day to have on these HOT summer nights. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2013
kids hate veggies? puree them and hide them in the mixture! keep an eye on the moisture content though as it can fall apart if too moist Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2012
These were absolutely delicious! I forgot to add the basil and didn't have any spinach or mushrooms or zucchini to add so they probably would have been even better. I added in the bread when all the rest of the ingredients were mixed together before frying... I had the bread soaked and then cut into bite size or small than bite-size pieces. It was very easy and tasty. I plan on using this recipe a lot. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2015
This is a really good foundational dish. I have tons of tuna and I am glad I found a way to use it all. As with all recipes I tweeked the recipe a bit and personalized the ingredients I used. Instead of bread I soaked 3 English muffins in a combination of water and milk. Instead of zucchini I chopped up 1/4 or a green bell pepper. I then pulsed everything in my food processor so that there would not be any big chunks of anything. They are very tasty and I like the seasoning as stated in the recipe except next time I would eliminate the basil and oregano and maybe add a bit more dill. I don't think the basil and oregano do much to add to the flavor of these but then I am not a big fan of either of those seasonings. The next time I make these I think I will try using 3 eggs so that they bind together a bit better. TIP: Use an ice cream scoop instead of getting your hands all gooey and grubby. Dislodge the patty from the scooper into the oil and flatten down with a spatula. This makes for nice unformly sized patties. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2012
I was skeptical but wanted to try this as it seemed like a great way to save money. I was surprised I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the size of the patties made mine the size of a burger and served on hamburger roll with tartar sauce. It was incredible. Both very light and very filling at the same time. Will make this again only change perhaps I will add a little bit of lemon zest to give it a little zip although it's really not needed. Personal taste thing there. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2012
What a great way to use leftover veggies in the fridge! I sauted some fresh kale with the garlic and onions. If I had had fresh mushrooms I probably would have sauted those in advance as well. The mixture can be a bit wet so I'd be wary of adding ingredients that give off water. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
I made these patties last night and my husband LOVED it!! He just kept raving about it even the next morning - he wanted them again a second night. I used frozen spinach - in fact the patties almost looked like spinach patties carrots and onions. I didn't have dill but added some dill pickle juice to some mayo to serve with the patties which was good. Thanks for the idea - I can see that this will become a staple at our house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2013
My wife and I loved this recipe! It was very easy to make as mentioned by other reviewers. The minor adjustments I would make next time is to add an additional slice of bread (I used pre-sliced store bought bread) and also squeeze out more water. The additional of the veggies made the mixture more watery than I expected and a few of the tuna patties didn't hold together as well. Will definitely be making this again! Side-note -- Didn't even have the strong fishy smell that is common with tuna. Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2015
Tuna Fish Patties Haiku: "These were so soggy. So many 'watery' things. Maybe needs more bread." The zucchini and the mushrooms gave off too much liquid coupled w/ the bread having been soaked in water (I'm clueless - what was the point of doing that and not just using breadcrumbs?) and the end result was a very liquid-ey bowl of ingredients that I had to squeeze in a colander b4 forming into patties. Like other folks I don't see how 24 patties could've been formed out of this so I made 8. The flavor was good but the execution and instructions weren't. If I made this recipe again (big If) I wouldn't soak bread (would use breadcrumbs) I'd sweat the zucchini 1st (or skip it altogether) and same goes for the mushrooms. Read More
(1)
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