It only took about 3 tries, but I finally perfected this recipe. The proportions of tuna to breadcrumbs to egg is pretty crucial, so I included 2 different scaled versions of the recipe. The great thing about these tuna cakes is that they go great on a bun, roll or pita, but they are also good alone with tartar sauce, just like crab cakes. Deck them out with plenty of lettuce, tomato or cheese, and enjoy!
This recipe has the added bonus of including a lot of pantry staples, being relatively affordable when you're eating on a budget, and super quick to make!
Makes 2 burgers: Makes 7 burgers:
1 3 oz can tuna 2 1/2 5 oz cans tuna
1/8 cup of finely chopped onion 1/2 cup tuna
1 egg 4 eggs
3/8 cup breadcrumbs 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp black pepper 1 tsp black pepper
Tartar sauce (optional)
Mix drained tuna with onion, egg, breadcrumbs and pepper, or your favorite seafood seasoning. Form into patties, then cook in a pan with 1 tbsp oil for 4 minutes per side or until browned and heated through. Serve on hamburger buns with mayonnaise or tartar sauce. Add lettuce, tomato and cheese, if desired.
Allergens: Tuna, egg, wheat, gluten, milk (optional)
Nutrition (1 tuna burger with whole wheat hamburger roll and tartar sauce): 330 calories, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 110 mg cholesterol, 588 mg sodium, 258 mg potassium, 41 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 20 g protein, 11% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 5% calcium, 20% iron, 13% folate, 14% manganese, 10% phosphorous, 11% riboflavin, 15% thiamine
Cost (1 tuna burger, plain): $0.83
Cost (3 sliders with cheese and tomato on potato rolls): $3.99
Adapted from: Meijer's Simply Give Cookbook (http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/3deb1aa6#/3deb1aa6/32)