This is a meal on a bun. My Mother used to make this for us when time was limited or when meat wasn't allowed. You can serve it alone with rice and vegetables or on a bun with tomato and lettuce. Delicious and filling.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 tuna burgers
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix drained tuna, onion, celery, egg, bread crumbs, bread cubes, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. If mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in reserved tuna juice, 1 teaspoon at a time. Divide mixture in fourths and shape each portion into a patty.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and pan-fry the patties until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain patties on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; protein 16.2g; carbohydrates 12.3g; fat 12.6g; cholesterol 61.4mg; sodium 220.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2012
I usually don't really care for tuna, but I LOVED this recipe! I was very pleasantly surprised given the short list of ingredients, and expected these to be dry once prepared....however, they were very flavorful and enjoyed by all my family, including my picky 1&1/2 year old toddler! I doubled the recipe to make 8 tuna burgers. I did not have tuna pouches, so used 2, 5 ounce cans of tuna. I used 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. I was concerned after mixing all the other ingredients that adding the day-old bread would dry these patties out too much, so I omitted that ingredient. I fried the mixture by 1/4 cupful and flattened in the frying pan. They cooked up beautifully about 2-3 minutes on each side. This will become a regular menu item in this house! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/06/2013
I used canned tuna and this was not good. Other than that I followed the instructions and it was not working for me. My husband liked it but I think one could follow the same recipe using fresh tuna? Maybe give a good mince so it can be pattied? and this recipe needs acid Read More
(2)
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2012
I usually don't really care for tuna, but I LOVED this recipe! I was very pleasantly surprised given the short list of ingredients, and expected these to be dry once prepared....however, they were very flavorful and enjoyed by all my family, including my picky 1&1/2 year old toddler! I doubled the recipe to make 8 tuna burgers. I did not have tuna pouches, so used 2, 5 ounce cans of tuna. I used 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. I was concerned after mixing all the other ingredients that adding the day-old bread would dry these patties out too much, so I omitted that ingredient. I fried the mixture by 1/4 cupful and flattened in the frying pan. They cooked up beautifully about 2-3 minutes on each side. This will become a regular menu item in this house! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2014
I thought this recipe was pretty good. My husband said he preferred salmon patties but I think it's a good recipe to change things up on my menu! I would make this recipe again. I forgot to add the slices of bread but I really don't think that it made much of a difference. We also didn't eat it as a "burger" just as patties. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2012
Quick and easy & everybody in my family liked it and asked for more. The burgers had a way better texture than the ones what require flour or heaps of bread crumbs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2013
Very very good and held together perfectly while frying. I doubled the recipe and added a bit of dill but otherwise left it alone. Made these for a friend for lunch that doesn't eat meat on Fridays and she loved them as well! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2012
Great idea came together quickly tastes fantastic! I did sub 3/4 C. panko bread crumbs for the crumbs/bread cubes...for seasoning used Everglades Fish & Chicken seasoning but omitted the salt/pepper...fried in butter too...A funny thing I put the lettuce & tomatoes on plate & drizzled with a drizzle of Pomegranate Vinaigrette some got on the tuna and it really was good! Thanks MareLou for sharing your recipe...:) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2014
i made some alterations to it like all breadcrumbs a touch of prepared mustard some dill a small spoonful of mayo and a sprinkle of citrus blast seasoning came out wonderful!! a nice crust and still nice and moist! now that ive checked it out this is going to be tested on the family soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2014
This was easy to make. Very good. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2013
I will definitely make this again. It is simple and was a wonderful change to the norm. I didn't have celery so I used green peppers and it was still delicious! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2013
I made this today for an early lunch! It was so easy and delicious! Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
02/06/2013
I used canned tuna and this was not good. Other than that I followed the instructions and it was not working for me. My husband liked it but I think one could follow the same recipe using fresh tuna? Maybe give a good mince so it can be pattied? and this recipe needs acid Read More
(2)
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