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These tuna patties are a delicious switch for dinner tonight and they’re made with a clean eating recipe!

Why I haven’t made tuna patties prior to this is a mystery to me. But I finally did it, and you can bet I’ll make them again. They are delicious!! Why didn’t somebody tell me? Somebody should have grabbed me by the shoulders and said, “wake up Tiffany, you’re missing out!“?? Why, why, why???

A stack of theseClean Eating Tuna Patties sits on a white plate topped with fresh herbs, chopped red onion and some bright yellow lemon wedges.

Seriously. There should be a little foodie elf that follows me around and kicks me in the shins every time I fail to cook something delicious. Every time I wonder what to make for dinner. Every time I consider making chicken… again…I mean really, these couldn’t be more simple! Such a great weeknight meal!

TUNA PATTIES RECIPE TIPS:

  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the patty into the skillet and then use a fork to gently press it down to a flatter form.
  • If you prefer to bake these instead of frying them, simply scoop the patties onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes at 350 F.

If Your Tuna Patties Fall Apart

If your patties fall apart in the pan, there could be one of a few things that are causing it.

  1. The tuna was not drained well enough. You want to get all of the water removed or it will cause problems.
  2. Temperature and humidity can vary from kitchen to kitchen, for many different reasons. The fix could be as simple as adding one more egg. Three eggs worked fine for me, but it’s possible that some people may need to use four eggs. So if the first patty falls apart, just stir in an extra egg with the remaining tuna and try again.
  3. The size of the tuna chunks – very large chunks will not hold together as well as smaller chunks. If you find the chunks of tuna are on the larger side, simply put the tuna in a small bowl and mash it a bit with a fork until the pieces are much smaller.
  4. The heat of your pan – While you don’t want to cook these on high heat, you do want to put them in a very hot pan so the egg cooks immediately and holds everything together. So get the pan nice and hot, then reduce the heat and cook.

Tuna Patty Ingredients

15 oz. water packed tuna  – Make sure to get the water packed tuna, not oil packed. No added salt is best.

3 large eggs – These do best if used at room temperature, but it’s not as important is it would be in baking. I’ve made these with cold eggs as well and they do just fine.

1 tbsp. lemon juice – Fresh squeezed or bottled with no sugar added.

½ cup red onion – Chop these really well. If you have a different color onion on hand, feel free to use it. But purple onions have a sweetness that works really well here.

1 tsp. dried parsley – If you prefer to use fresh parsley, use 1 tbsp. and mince it really fine.

½ tsp. dried dill – Again, you can use fresh if you prefer. Use 1 full tsp. for that, and mince well.

1 tsp. garlic powder – If you prefer fresh garlic, I highly recommend mincing it and sautéing it first before adding it to this recipe. If you go that route, use 2 medium garlic cloves and mice well.

Oil  – This is as needed for cooking. Use any oil you have on hand. Light flavored oils will taste best here.

How To Make Tuna Patties

Ingredients for these clean eating tuna patties put together in a mixing bowl, ready to mix for forming the patties.

Stir everything together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.

Formed raw tuna patties sit on a white plate, ready to be cooked.

Form small patties with your hands (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter).

Two clean eating tuna patties cooking in a skillet as one gets flipped over with a metal spatula.

Cook in a skillet using a heart healthy oil.

Freshly cooked, clean eating tuna patties sit on a plate with a lemon wedge, ready to eat.

Top with fresh, chopped onion, fresh parsley and serve with a lemon wedge.

How To Store Tuna Patties

If you have extras or need to make these ahead of time (you can make them up to 2 days in advance), store them in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge. Make sure they all get eaten by day 3. Fish has a very short shelf life before it can make you sick. 3 days is the max time they should spend in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Tuna Patties?

You can! You’ll need to cook them first, but once cooked, they will freeze for up to 3 months.

To do this, cook the patties according to the recipe. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place them, uncovered, in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours. Once frozen, transfer them to an air-tight container and return them to the freezer.

Thawing And Reheating

To thaw, let them sit in the fridge overnight.

To reheat, simply place them into a warm pan with a light spritz of oil and flip them frequently until warm.

You an also microwave them, 30 seconds at a time until they are just warm. Do not overdo it in the microwave because they will get dry and rubbery fast.

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Clean Eating Tuna Patties on a white plate with lemon wedge

Healthy Tuna Patties

These easy-to-make tuna patties make a perfect lunch or dinner for a busy day. Enjoy with a squeeze of lemon!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 patties
Calories: 54kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Ingredients

  • 15 oz. water packed tuna (no added salt, water drained well)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. dried dill
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • oil (for cooking)

Instructions

  • Stir everything together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.
    Ingredients for these clean eating tuna patties put together in a mixing bowl, ready to mix for forming the patties.
  • Form small patties with your hands (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter).
    Formed raw tuna patties sit on a white plate, ready to be cooked.
  • Cook in a skillet using a heart healthy oil.
    Two clean eating tuna patties cooking in a skillet as one gets flipped over with a metal spatula.
  • Top with fresh, chopped onion, fresh parsley and serve with a lemon wedge.
    Freshly cooked, clean eating tuna patties sit on a plate with a lemon wedge, ready to eat.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pattie | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 113mg | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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142 Comments

  1. What size tins of tuna do you use?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leeseey – 5 oz.

      1. What is a serving size, one patty or two?

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Cathi – The serving size is up to you. But the data is for 1 patty. Hope that helps!

  2. This is perfect! I’ve been having tuna patties on my mind. Haven’t made them myself though. Now I can’t wait to make these.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cynthia – I hope you enjoy them!

  3. How long do you cook the patties? and at what heat? Assume ’til both sides are browned and crispy?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – Yes, exactly. The tuna is already cooked, so it’s just a matter of cooking until the eggs are cooked and the side are nice a golden brown.

  4. ooh yum! there was a Lydia Bastianich recipe I tried some years ago and this reminds me of it. The patties turned out really lemony and clean tasting. I will see if I can dig it up.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barbara – Great!

  5. I wonder if there’s a way to oven “fry” these? Do you think the mix would fall apart attempting that method?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fran – Unfortunately, I think they would fall apart. You could, however, bake the patties in muffin tins. That would keep them together!

  6. Why would you need to make 12 patties? Who are you feeding, an army? Also, how exactly is this “clean”?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stass – Why wouldn’t you make 12 patties when you have several mouths to feed? Not everybody cooks just for themselves. But you can certainly cut the recipe in half. And how exactly is this NOT clean?

  7. My hubbie used to fish for salmon or steelhead trout in the No West. Then we would have left overs we would make patties and fry them and freeze them and have a neat meal or sandwitch for later…. we used crushed crackers ( now I would look for clean eating binders ) to hold then together better … any Ideas on what that could be ?? Could use egg whites and maybe 1 yolk ? to make it cleaner.. and Olive Oil to fry in ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Judy – Sure! And as for crackers, try looking for Ak Mak crackers. They are 100% whole wheat.

      1. Bernadette says:

        Ak Mak is amazing

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Bernadette – Yes! I love Ak Mak!

  8. Forgot to say we would BBQ ( or bake ) the FISH first so the FISH WAS COOKED FIRST and then we used the COOKED FISH leftovers to make patties.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Judy – Sounds yummy!

  9. I don’t like onions. I’m wondering what I might substitute to get a similar patty. Any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shannon – You can always just leave the onions out. 🙂

      1. I substituted onion powder, 1 tablespoon for each 1/2 cup onion, I also used xanthan gum to thicken the tuna mixture, they turned out pretty good.

  10. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare says:

    These look great, and really simple! Just perfect with a summer salad!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Crystal – I hope you enjoy them!

  11. I love making tuna patties. They are pretty inexpensive and taste great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristi – Definitely!

  12. I made these last night and they tasted Great! I used green onions instead of a red onion. It was so good my picky eating 6 yr old asked for More! The only complaint I have is they fell apart 🙁

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – Oh no! Next time, try adding an extra egg and see if that helps. Glad you liked them though!

  13. Heather S says:

    I would love to make these but have an egg allergy in my house. What do you think I could use as an alternative binder? I know flaxseed meal in water works for baking, but not sure if it would translate to this type of recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather S – I’m not sure to be honest. Perhaps chia seed in water? I honestly don’t know I suppose you could just do a tuna “scramble” instead. But not sure if that’s what you want.

    2. I’m allergic to eggs. 1 tablespoon of water equals 1 egg

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Justme – But water won’t hold the patties together.

  14. You know if these would be good the next day? Or freezeable. I like to cook in advance sometimes so I can just grab and pop into a microwave and eat. Or for my Husband while he’s at work.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mandy – I’m not sure about freezable, but I’m sure they’d be just fine the next day.

  15. Nichole Frank says:

    I think I used too small of eggs and too big of a lemon or something – it was definitely too runny to patty – I needed another can of tuna. BUT BUT BUT – I just scrambled it instead and made a tuna scramble and holy crap – it was GOOD! I also used fresh dill – and quite a bit of it – chopped it up with the onions. MMM. Can’t wait for leftovers tonight!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nichole – Haha! Oh, I’m so sorry the patties didn’t work for you, but also glad it all worked out in the end. Enjoy!

  16. Gonna have to agree with another poster. This is technically not clean eating since it’s using canned processed tuna. Unless, the tuna was wild caught and there are zero preservatives added in the canning process. Also, albacore is high in mercury so people should get “vannes light” variety. … I will try be using this with some fresh tilapia as an alternative though, as it sounds delicious

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      JuJu – Tilapia has just as many problems as canned tuna. But you can certainly buy some tuna, cook it and go from there! Hope you enjoy it.

  17. Janet Varga says:

    Enjoyed the SwCrustless Quiche very much. Looking forward to more!.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janet – Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed them!

  18. These are wonderful! I used albacore tuna, changed eggs to egg whites, left out the onion and used cooking spray instead of oil. I love them for breakfast actually. Also tried them with chicken (cooked it and made “ground chicken” in a food processor) and it was good that way as well!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cheryl – Great! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  19. Jessica A says:

    Is there a way to make the patties less runny….halved the recipe but my mix was so wet it would NOT hold together at all

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Did you drain the water from the tuna can before using? If you cut it in half, how many eggs did you use?

  20. I made these without the onions and they tasted great. The mix seemed runny but the patties held together during cooking.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shannon – That’s great! Did you use onion powder instead of just simply omit them completely?

  21. These were delicious but I could not for the life of me get them to hold together! Any tips? I used 6 egg whites instead of whole eggs.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenna – That could have made a difference. Did you make any other changes? Did you drain the tuna?

  22. These look great! What are some good side dishes that would go good with these?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynae – You could do a salad and a cooked grain. That’s usually my go-to combo.

  23. I can’t wait to try these. Seeing I’m the only person in my family to eat tuna, I would adjust the amount of tuna cans to 1 and change all the other measurements. This will be dinner 1 night next week.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julia – I hope you enjoy them!

  24. I put these in muffin tins 400 for 20 minutes came out together the other just wasnt cutting it and yes I drained and re-drained really good _ i added red pepper flakes

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacy – Muffin tins are a great idea!

  25. I drained the tuna completely, added one extra egg and when making the patties I squeezed out a little more liquid. The oil needs to be ready and hot. I flipped them one time and they came out nice and crusty brown, without breaking. Kids wanted tarter sauce with it so I had to whip that together at the last minute. Served with a green salad, this was a nice light dinner on a hot summer night.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sue – Thanks for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  26. I am a college student who loves to cook and these were such a filling dinner for me! And I even have extras for lunch tomorrow. Awesome recipe!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Caitlin – Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  27. Hi, can someone tell me if you can make this dish with just using egg whites or psyllium husks as a binder as I’m allergic to egg yolk.

    Thank you in advance!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marley – I haven’t tried it, so I couldn’t say. I’m sorry. You could always cut the recipe in half to experiment.

  28. I found these were very wet and I drained the tuna extremely well. I added some bread crumbs and they were much better. Not as healthy with the bread crumbs but worked well. Delicious too.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bev – If the bread crumbs were clean, then you’re fine! 🙂 (Panko makes good whole wheat bread crumbs) Glad it all worked out!

  29. They fall apart on me, plus they stick to the pan like glue, even though I am using plenty of butter.

    What am I doing wrong (maybe too high heat)???

    Signed, a clueless single guy.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Perry – I would reduce the heat and maybe add another egg. Also, be sure you are draining the tuna really, really well. Water will contribute to them falling apart. Let me know how it goes.

  30. Do you just eat these by themselves? Or do you eat them on bread? Sounds delicious but I’m clueless as to how to eat them 😛

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brandi – I think most folks eat them by themselves, but they would be good on bread as well. Though you may want to make them a little bigger for a sandwich.

  31. These were AMAZING!!!
    I added almond meal to bind them together more because the mizture seemed quiet runny.
    Definately a recipe to keep:-)

    Thanks!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Skye – My pleasure! Glad they worked out. 🙂

  32. Made these tonight, were runny for me too, but added a handful of oats! Great recipe!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Noelle – Glad it worked out!

  33. These sound delicious. Would they be okay to freeze?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amber – I’m sure it would be fine. (Haven’t tried it, but there’s no reason it wouldn’t freeze well)

  34. Mine are falling apart.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Flora – A few people have said that. I’ll make the recipe again and see what needs adjusting. Sorry about that!

  35. Found this 20 minutes ago. Now I’m eating yummy tuna patties. I cooked them in batches, they did fall apart while flipping them the first time. The second ones I just squeezed the extra juice out while forming the patties, this helped keep them nice and compacted. I Also turned the heat up a bit so they’d cook up the moment they hit the oil. They are yummy. Thank you for sharing.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mic – Thanks for sharing your tips! So glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  36. Casey Redafak says:

    Super excited to try this recipe tonight as I was looking for something to cook with wild rice!!! Read some of the posts about the tuna issues, please ignore them! Everyone knows that we just sometimes need to “substitute” to fit our own plans. However, I was looking through my shelves and found that Wild Planet’s wild albacore tuna has tuna and sea salt. No other ingredients listed. Also can-lining is BPA free and they use smaller wild -caught fish which apparently has less accumulated mercury. The cheers to you for posting a recipe (that even I can follow) with items I can actually find at the store. Love your site- CHEERS!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Casey – Thanks so much! Let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

  37. Yum!! Mine fell apart a little, I expected it to be much worse. I did add a tsp of coconut flour and this browned it nicely and bound it together better. Super quick & easy. Two were very filling. I don’t see the problem with this either…wild caught tuna, no salt added, bpa free can and no ingredients other than tuna… Could definitely do worse.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bekah – That’s an interesting tip. Never would have thought to put flour in there. I’ll try that next time I make them. Thanks!

  38. I made these for lunch today. They were amazing! I had to make adjustments-no lemon or lemon juice-so I just left it out. My 13 yr old dislikes onions so I sliced up six radishes to get a bit of crunch and texture. Other than that though-no changes. I had no problems with it falling apart because I had my pan hot before I started. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Crystal – Fantastic!!! So happy you enjoyed it! And thanks for the tip. 🙂

  39. My mom made these all the time when I was younger. She called them Tuna Croquettes. I haven’t made them in ages, but have been thinking about them. They are quick and easy which is so key.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – Yes, that’s a wonderful aspect of a recipe like this. I make them for lunch often for that reason. 🙂

  40. YES!!!! I have been wanting Tuna Patties (my mom use to make salmon patties all the time). I’m about to fry them up, a little worried it’s runny but I’m hoping that from the comments, it will turn out great! SO EXCITED FOR THIS!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hanna – I hope it worked out for you! 🙂

  41. Saw your recipe on Yummly when searching for mackeral patties. Thanks for sharing it was very good. I started thinking I had everything I needed. Had mackeral on hand so used it vice tuna. Couldn’t find my dry parsley so I added fresh cilantro in its place. My lemons turned out to be limes so that went in too. I have no idea what “clean eating” means so when my mix was a bit loose I added in panko crumbs to help bind the patties. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure and form my patties and just pressed down a bit with the spatula after dropping patties into tghe oil. I realize I changed as much as I followed but your recipe was a great inspiration. THANK YOU!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      James – LOL!! Glad it all worked out! 😀

  42. I make tuna patties quite often in the oven – I’ve never actually thought of frying them. I just put parchment paper on a cookie sheet and they come out after 15-20 min, perfectly done and zero oil!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jolene – That’s great if you want to avoid the oil (I don’t, but some people do). 🙂

  43. Is it possible to air fry this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Iris – I’m afraid I don’t know what air frying is…

  44. Oh… You should try to research about it. Frying without oil by air frying it. :).

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Iris – Sounds interesting!

  45. Did you serve anything with this for a side? I want to try it for dinner but I can’t think of a side to serve with!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jaime – Pretty much any veggies will work. Brown rice even. I served mine with a big salad.

  46. Alexandra says:

    So good!! I’m cooking these right now and just sampled one. Took heed to the comments and adjusted the recipe: Used 2 cans of tuna, 3 eggs, 1 heaping tablespoon of nutritional yeast and 1 heaping tablespoon of flaxseed (for a binder so the mix doesn’t fall apart), omitted lemon juice and onions, and used trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute instead of parsley (no parsley on hand). I seperated the mix into 12 balls and, in addition, rolled them in polenta so they could be fried and crunchy (sorry if polenta is not paleo..). I preheated my pan in the oven and proceeded to cook the balls on med low on the stovetop flattening them once placing them in the pan. Tasty lil 2 in x 1/2 in fried tuna patties that are not falling apart!! I will be freezing these for Monday’s dinner:) thanks so much for the delicious recipe!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alexandra – I’m glad it worked out!

  47. Very good added 1 tea old Bay seasoning sqeazed out a little before making patties stayed together nicely made sauce for top 2 tea plain yogurt 1/2 tea dill 1/2 tea lemon salt and pepper for taste enough for 4 patties thanks for recipe

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Donna – My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  48. Absolutely loved this recipe — it made a bunch so I have lunch for the whole week. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – My pleasure! 😀

  49. Too runny! made it into a scramble which was great, but I would love to make patties at some point! Any chance someone can post a pre-cooked picture so i know what consistency i’m aiming for? I’m looking for a simpler solution than Alexandra’s recipe change. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Turell – Did you drain the tuna really well? It is a tiny bit runny, but definitely not a lot. Can you try forming them in the pan perhaps? You could try adding bread crumbs to soak up some of the liquid.

  50. Christina says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe… I am looking for Whole 30 approved recipes and this one was wonderful! Was worried they wouldn’t hold together but they were perfect!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christina – That’s wonderful!! Glad you enjoyed them! 😀

  51. Hello again! Sorry to be a bother… I was just wondering how many patties you would consider a serving? Do you think frying in olive oil would be healthy enough? And, would using sweet onions be OK, or do they have too much sugar in them to be healthy, do you think?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sabrina – 1 serving would be 1 patty. But that doesn’t mean that that is what you should eat. They are pretty small. The serving would be totally up to you and what your personal dietary needs are. And yes, frying them is fine and so are the onions. Hope that helps!

  52. Thank you! Well, I’m trying to lose weight (not easy once you get to a certain age…) ;-P But I workout six days a week (not that it seems to do any good…lol,) and it’s mostly weight lifting based…so I am trying to eat more to balance it.

    Just wanted to be sure Olive Oil was OK, as I think you said you use coconut?

    Glad to know the onions are fine (I love sweet onions!) 🙂 Thank you again for all your help!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sabrina – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy the tuna patties! 🙂

  53. great for post workout nutrition. no cheese, mayo or butter. just what i wanted healthy and you can fry them in evoo

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danny – For sure! Enjoy! 😀

  54. I just made these on my George Foreman grill to see if i could get away with no oil and it worked perfectly. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Reyna – Fantastic! Great to know! 🙂

  55. Amy Sowder says:

    I made these because I didn’t want to leave the house and go shopping and I love any kind of seafood cakes. They came out great! I added some Panko bread crumbs in there too though. I halved the recipe, using 2 eggs. Fresh dill and parsley because we have an herb garden flourishing right now. Oh, and I made a yogurt sauce for it, with lemon juice and herbs, salt, pepper. That completed it. Served with mayo-free coleslaw and wild rice.
    Anyway, thank you. They were delicious and easy and healthy and affordable.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Great! I’m glad you enjoyed them!! 😀

  56. Hey! These look delicious has anyone added up the calories for each one . I’m not very good at calorie counting myself????

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Savannah – You can use an online calculator. MyFitnessPal.com is a good one. It’s easy to use.

  57. These are good! I’ll definitely be making them again. I used an ice cream scoop to scoop them onto the pan then used a fork to press them flat in the pan. It’s hard to find ways to make lean canned tuna more palateable while staying diet-friendly so this is great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – Fantastic!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Love the ice cream scoop idea! 😀

  58. looks pretty clean to me. cant wait to try

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ernie – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  59. Sounds delicious! I’m going to try a small batch this week.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MJ – Awesome! Let me know what you think! 🙂

  60. Ereen Hadi says:

    Hi. Love the recipe and will try it out. I wonder how many calories are there in each pattie?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ereen – You would have to put the recipe into a recipe calculator.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Martha – Possibly, but it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice. If you need to make less, I recommend just cutting the recipe in half.

  61. I made this with albacore because I had that on and wanted to try this recipe… huge mistake 🙁 they came out terribly dry! I’m sure they are much better with regular tuna 🙂 hoping to try again!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gabi – Oh bummer!!! It could be that it just needed a little more egg to keep the moisture, but I can’t be sure. It’s a wonderful recipe so I hope you’ll give it another chance!

  62. I’m just wondering how you got the 21 calories a serving ??

    3 5oz Cans of Tuna is about 500 calories , 3 large eggs is about 210.. sooo 710 calories .. divide that by 12 patties is 60 calories a party without accounting for any extras added in.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – A 5 oz. can of water packed tuna is 140 calories. Are you buying oil packed perhaps? Either way, please see the disclaimer just above the data. None of my data is exact. That would be impossible.

  63. The nutrition chart says only 1 gram of protein? How is that possible? Thanks for the info!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MegAn – Thanks for bringing that to my attention! I updated the data. Thanks! 🙂

  64. 5 stars
    My patties came out firm and solid. I agree with the writer — make sure you THOROUGHLY drain out the water. I drained it out by letting all of the cans sit in a strainer for about 10 minutes, and then squeezed out the remaining water between my hands as I formed the patties. This is because even though the tuna looked drained in the strainer, there was still a LOT of water hiding in it.

    For extra flavor, I also added sage and celery seed.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Valerie – Sounds like yummy additions! 🙂

  65. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious 😋. Made these for dinner tonight and the flavours were so clean and fresh! I would definitely make these again. Thank you so much for the recipe 😀

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