Thursday, March 6, 2014

Baked Tuna Patties

My parents recently introduced me to salmon burgers. The salmon burgers my parents buy are so good, when I go over to their house once a week my mom will grill one up especially for me (true story)! Well, I have yet to get to Costco to buy a package of my own delicious, healthy salmon burgers... BUT I had an idea for another version of my new favorite patty using canned tuna!

Low calorie, low fat, low carb, tasty, easy to make, and very filling... these Baked Tuna Patties have it all! I wanted to cut back the amount of bread crumbs in these patties, so I decided to chop up some cauliflower and celery (very finely) to substitute in. And since I really enjoy the cheesiness of a tuna melt, I added some shredded cheese into the tuna patty mixture. The outside of the patty turns out nice and crunchy and the inside stays moist... great texture!

If you like tuna melts (or salmon burgers), you will absolutely LOVE these Baked Tuna Patties. Also, this is a great and delicious way to use those lonely cans of tuna hanging out in your pantry. 

Baked Tuna Patties
adapted from
Original recipe makes 4 burgers

  • cooking spray
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or Old Bay seasoning)
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place chopped cauliflower and celery into a microwave safe bowl; microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. Remove from microwave and allow to cool. Once cooled, wring out all excess water from the cauliflower and celery mixture. (I use paper towels)  

Add drained tuna into the cauliflower and celery bowl; mix well.

Add egg, bread crumbs, onion powder, salt, and black pepper; mix well. Fold in shredded cheese. Form the mixture into 4 patties and place onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until patties are golden brown and crisp, about 12 minutes per side.

UMMMMMM WOW! These tuna patties were so good.

I enjoyed my Baked Tuna Patty a side of light mayo and some dill pickles since I didn't have any tarter sauce in the house. But feel free to dress your patty as you see fit! On a bun, with some cheese, plain... any way you eat it, it's going to be tasty.




  1. Loved this! You can read about my adaptation here:

  2. I made these tonite & absolutely loved them!