Tuna Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Flavorful Tuna Patties with sweet red pepper are extra tasty when paired with delicious homemade tartar sauce.

IMG_0508Tuna Patties

I don’t know about you, but I love me some tuna. I figure there are the people who love tuna and the people who hate tuna. I’m assuming most of you are in the tuna lover camp! I’ve been making these tuna patties for a few months now and they never get old! The tartar sauce is my favorite part! I love a tangy crunchy bite with my tuna. I usually make a double or triple batch of these to store in the fridge and eat for a quick lunch or high protein snack. Try them out today!

How to Make Tuna Patties

IMG_0481The patties are so simple! Throw all the ingredients into your bowl and stir to combine.IMG_0486Like so!IMG_0489Scoop these out so you have all easy baby burgers….IMG_0492and then form! IMG_0495Fry these little babies up in a little butter to brown and that’s it! {Be careful flipping…they’re tender!}IMG_0533Serve with some tartar sauce and you’re good to go!

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Tuna Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Flavorful Tuna Patties with sweet red pepper are extra tasty when paired with delicious homemade tartar sauce.
servings 9 small patties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


for the patties--

  • 14 oz tuna two 7 oz cans
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 saltine crackers crushed fine
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper cut finely
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For the tartar sauce-

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup dill pickles finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • juice of 1 small lemon about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • For the patties, stir all ingredients together until the mixture starts to come together. Form into 9 small patty shapes. Preheat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt 1/2 the butter and fry up 5 mini patties, being sure to flip as necessary. Melt remaining butter and repeat until all patties are cooked. Set aside.
  • For the tartar sauce--Stir all ingredients together and serve with tuna.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna patties

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  1. Kathleen

    OMG! My mouth is so watering as I read this recipe and I will be fixing these for dinner tonight! We used to make some that we wrapped in foil and could freeze and then bring out and bake and they were over the top and I keep hoping to find my mothers recipe and if so will share. You just have THE BEST recipes!
    Hope all goes well with the health issue.

  2. Tonia

    Yum! I’ll be trying these SOON! And BTW – have you seen the tuna in cans that ISN’T packed in water or oil? It’s really fantastic! All tuna and nothing to drain. I think either Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea makes it. I’ve found it at our local Cash & Carry (URM).

    Hope you’re feeling better SOON!

    1. Tonia

      They could, but it will take longer to heat the oven and then bake than it will to heat your non-stick fry pan! If you’re worried about the amount of fat (1 TBL divided between 9 patties really isn’t that much!) just don’t use it. The fat is more to help promote browning and contribute a little flavor.

  3. Andi

    I’m new to the gastric bypass diet.. I was told that I need to avoid carbs (obviously) but I am curious if the crackers in this recipe are absolutely necessary, or if I could replace them with something else?

    1. Tonia

      If you don’t eat carbs (ie: any other grain products) with this, the few crackers that help “bind” these together shouldn’t be a problem. Avoid generally means that if at all possible don’t eat, but occasionally, and in very small quantity it should be fine. If a serving size was say, 2, along with a nice salad or roasted vegies, you should be fine because you’ll be getting only slightly less than 1 saltine cracker per serving.

  4. Teal F.

    Made these for the first time the other night, and my husband and I loved them! My husband, who doesn’t usually care about tartar sauce, really liked this version. Am adding this recipe to my file.

  5. Alison

    Crab cakes are one of my all-time favorite foods and I have to admit I was skepical about tuna cakes but I tried this for lunch last Wed after seeing your post and they were awesome! I served them on Hawaiian rolls with some tartar sauce (I used store-bought) and a roma tomato slice. Even my husband (who barely tolerates tuna) said this recipe was a keeper! Thanks!

  6. Alaina-Fabtastic Eats

    I hope you feel better soon! I love these! Im always looking for new ways to eat tuna..definitely giving these a try! thank you!

  7. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Those sound fantastic, and I absolutely LOVE tartar sauce!! I used to dip fries in it when I worked at DQ 🙂

  8. Phi @ www.sweetphi.com

    Oh yum! I love a quick and delicious recipe like this, can’t wait to try it. So sorry to hear you were in the ER, that always sucks 🙁 hope you feel better!

  9. Stacey I

    Wow – these look wonderful! I love crab cakes – and I never thought to use tuna in place of the crab – can’t wait to try this out 🙂 Thanks!!

  10. Diana

    I made these tonight for supper! Used white albacore tuna in water. They were excellent! The sauce was good too! Will definitely do this again! Thanks!

    1. Kathy

      As far as I’m concerned , most Tunas are fine…However…I don’t like Bumble Bee Tuna! very “fishy”. Just my opinion 🙂

  11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I LOVE a quick, protein packed meal like this! I am always looking for creative ways to use canned tuna, so this is perfecto! Pinned