Tuna Patty Burgers

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been looking at our budget really carefully and decided to cut back on our grocery budget because we were sooooo out of control with it.  We’ve actually been doing much better just by paying attention to what we buy.  So this week we decided to up the challenge and clean out the pantry, fridge and freezer and see what we could come up with.  And this was one of those recipes!  Mr. Real Food says his mother used to make something very similar to these tuna patty burgers when he was young but I’ve never made them before (or eaten them as far as I know).  But they were easy to make, very inexpensive, and they tasted great!  Definitely a keeper recipe for me!

Tuna Patty Burgers


2 5-oz cans of tuna in water, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 large carrot, finely grated
1/2 cup dry oatmeal
2 green onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons dried parsley
sprinkle of cayenne pepper (as big of a sprinkle as you’d like)
olive oil


Combine tuna, eggs, carrot, oatmeal, onion, parsley and cayenne in a mixing bowl.
Shape into patties (I made 6 but will depend on big you make them) and place into freezer for about 10 minutes (this will help keep them from falling apart).
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
Saute patties for about 5 minutes on each side, turning carefully.

We ate them as patties but they would be great on whole wheat buns too.  If you grate up the carrot super finely, you wouldn’t even be able to see it and could easily sneak it by your kids.   And since it doesn’t taste fishy at all, it’s definitely kid-approved!

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