Crispy keto tuna burgers
Crispy and flavorful tuna burger patties paired with crunchy lettuce and juicy tomatoes, team up to give you a light yet satisfying meal. These burgers are mouth-wateringly tasty! So simple to make and a great alternative to a traditional beef burger. Editor's note: In 2020, this recipe was one of the top 10 most popular Diet Doctor recipes. We hope you love it as well!
Crispy tuna burgers
- 1¼ lbs 550 g canned tuna in water, drained
- ¾ cup 180 ml mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise
- 2 2 large egglarge eggs
- 2 tbsp 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp 2 tbsp onion powder
- ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 3 tbsp 3 tbsp olive oil, divided, for frying
- 2 (8 oz.) 2 (230 g) tomato, thinly slicedtomatoes, thinly sliced
- 3 oz. (1½ cups) 85 g (350 ml) leafy greens or lettuce
- 4 tbsp 4 tbsp mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise
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Making low carb simple
- Mix the ingredients together (minus the oil) in a medium-sized bowl. Shape the mixture into small burgers, about 2 inches (5 cm) wide and 0.4 inch (1 cm) thick.
- Pan-fry the burgers in batches. Add enough oil to coat the base of a large frying pan. Once the oil becomes hot over medium heat, place the tuna patties in the pan, lightly pressing the surfaces with a spatula. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy.
- To serve, add a few lettuce leaves to each plate, and top each leaf with a tuna burger, tomato slice, and a dollop of mayonnaise (3 burgers, per portion). Salt and pepper to taste.
To make the burgers extra crispy, add 1.5 cup (170 g) of shredded cheese to the tuna burger mix, and reduce the mayonnaise to 5 tbsp for 4 servings.
Yeah, I was really amazed at how good these were 😍.
What did you think was runny, the tuna "batter"?
I'm glad that you enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to let us know!
I spent more time scraping burnt cheese out of the pan than I did preparing the meal. That said, it did taste good but I won't make it again.
The scalable nature of Diet Doctor recipes is wonderful, but not all measurements scale well. 2/5 is about 6 tablespoons.
Use less mayo and add a tbs or two of bread crumbs to hold the tuna together.
As this is a keto recipe, traditional bread crumbs would not be recommended.
Sounds great! So glad you all enjoyed them!
Thank you for sharing your tips and feedback!
Hi, Jay! The default number of servings is 4, and each serving will be 3 small burgers.
1 serving is designed to be 1 meal for 1 person.
The weight is the amount you would use in the recipe, so after draining.
You can use any ground meat that you prefer. You would want to make sure to cook them through, as the canned tuna is already cooked.
So glad you enjoyed them, Jayne! Leftovers are always a plus!
Hi, Janet! This will depend on what size cans you're using. Cans will indicate the weight for each, so your best bet is to add the weights of the cans together until you get your desired amount based on your number of servings.
You can use the switch above the list of ingredients to change to metric if you'd prefer to see grams rather than pounds for the weight of the tuna. As tuna is sold in cans or tins of varying weights, the number of tins would depend on what size they are. 550 g canned tuna in water, drained is what is called for in metric weight.
Hi, Laura! The cheese is referenced in the tip section. "To make the burgers extra crispy, add 1.5 cup (170 g) of shredded cheese to the tuna burger mix, and reduce the mayonnaise to 5 tbsp for 4 servings."
Mine was not runny...however, first, I drained my tuna very WELL...(Like squeeze it dry)...add your ingredients. If it is still too wet, try adding a few teaspoons at a time of almond meal or other keto friendly nut flour/other. I also added shredded cheddar cheese to the mix which will absorb some wetness as well. Secondly, fry these in hot oil; otherwise the burgers will soak up the oil and fall apart. They were delish and fried up crisp and crunchy as pictured. I also placed in a hot oven for 10 minutes on a wire rack just to add more to the crunch. I'll be making this again.