Crispy keto tuna burgers

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 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!
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

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
Serving
  • 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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Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Tip

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.

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39 comments

  1. 2 comments removed
  2. Reggie
    This is GOOD! A little runny though.
    Replies: #4, #14
  3. Jill Wallentin Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Reggie!
    Yeah, I was really amazed at how good these were 😍.

    What did you think was runny, the tuna "batter"?

    Best,
    Jill

  4. Karmyn
    It definitely was not runny for me whatsoever, I don't know how it would be runny other than putting in too much mayonnaise or forgetting to drain the tuna. These are great!! I always want to eat tuna but I've always been used to eating it with crackers, so this helps a lot since crackers don't fit very well with the Keto Diet. My picky boyfriend couldn't stop eating these either
    Reply: #6
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    It definitely was not runny for me whatsoever, I don't know how it would be runny other than putting in too much mayonnaise or forgetting to drain the tuna. These are great!! I always want to eat tuna but I've always been used to eating it with crackers, so this helps a lot since crackers don't fit very well with the Keto Diet. My picky boyfriend couldn't stop eating these either

    I'm glad that you enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to let us know!

  6. Marilyn Holmes
    While the flavor of this dish was pretty good, despite my following the recipe to the letter it turned out to be more of a tuna sloppy joe.
    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.
  7. Kathyhenning75
    What is 2/5 cup? Google don’t want to tell me...
    Reply: #9
  8. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    What is 2/5 cup? Google don’t want to tell me...

    The scalable nature of Diet Doctor recipes is wonderful, but not all measurements scale well. 2/5 is about 6 tablespoons.

  9. Jac
    Yes came out runny. Will get shain with cheese. But taste was great.
  10. Susanna
    Make sure you drain the tuna
    Use less mayo and add a tbs or two of bread crumbs to hold the tuna together.
    Reply: #12
  11. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Make sure you drain the tuna
    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.

    Reply: #22
  12. Szczepanik2004
    Sooo good! Not runny at all. Nice and crispy. I used chunky tuna and drained water.
  13. michelle d
    Mine also was runny. Then I realized the recipe calls for 1-1/4 lbs (POUNDS) of canned tuna. So I adjusted the remaining ingredients to align with (1) one can of tuna. I also reduced the mayo and added shredded cheese to make them extra crispy. One can made two ABSOLUTELY PHENOMINAL burgers!!!! I'm not kidding. These were FANTASTIC. I had one for lunch today, topped with a homemade avocado sauce and wrapped in two large romaine leaves. YUUUUUMMMMMYYYY!!!
  14. Roxanna
    These were really good! Thank you very much for this recipe! Was a hit with the kids. I added some shredded mozzarella and some dried chives. I did not add mayo to the batter, just as a condiment.
    Reply: #16
  15. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    These were really good! Thank you very much for this recipe! Was a hit with the kids. I added some shredded mozzarella and some dried chives. I did not add mayo to the batter, just as a condiment.

    Sounds great! So glad you all enjoyed them!

  16. Chalkie
    These were amazing. I used a little less mayo and coated them in almond meal mixed with sesame seed just because I like crunch coating. Really nice and easy recipe. Thank you again DD
    Reply: #18
  17. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    These were amazing. I used a little less mayo and coated them in almond meal mixed with sesame seed just because I like crunch coating. Really nice and easy recipe. Thank you again DD

    Thank you for sharing your tips and feedback!

  18. Helen E
    Mine fell apart, which makes me think I should have squeezed the water out, not just let it drain. Will try that next time. Taste was excellent though!
  19. Barbara
    I made the extra-crispy version with grated cheese. I'm not always happy with the results of pan frying, but these turned out great. Very light, crispy on the outside. If you don't like the "fishy" taste of tuna, try these. P. S. I used three 7oz cans of tuna, well drained. They were a bit on the squishy side uncooked, but fried up nice and crisp.
  20. dvoragordon
    Mine were also a little runny so I added a bit of psyllium husk. I didn't think of measuring so that I could post here. They came out perfect, didn't fall apart and were delicious.
  21. Cassieoz
    I used a shake of finely crushed pork rinds to soak up a little
  22. Jay
    What is one serving of this? Three burgers? Is this video of two servings then? I saw 3 burgers per portion for the mayonnaise but wasn't sure if that meant per portion of mayonnaise.
    Reply: #24
  23. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    What is one serving of this? Three burgers? Is this video of two servings then? I saw 3 burgers per portion for the mayonnaise but wasn't sure if that meant per portion of mayonnaise.

    Hi, Jay! The default number of servings is 4, and each serving will be 3 small burgers.

  24. Francisco E
    I'd like to know how can I tell how much of each meal to eat to meat the required % in net carbs, fat and protein. Should each meal contain 2 servings or 4 servings per meal?
    Reply: #26
  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I'd like to know how can I tell how much of each meal to eat to meat the required % in net carbs, fat and protein. Should each meal contain 2 servings or 4 servings per meal?

    1 serving is designed to be 1 meal for 1 person.

  26. Briar
    I've just made these for the second time tonight - A BIG hit with the family. The mixture does feel very soft and runnyish but cook up to be firm and crunchy (I don't add the cheese). I also used slightly less mayo than the recipe says :) Super delicious and can see they will be on the weekly menu :)
  27. Dawn Marie
    This was delicious and satisfying!
  28. Ria
    Is the amount of tuna drained weight or before draining?
    Reply: #31
  29. JANICE
    I was a bit skeptical about hot tuna but I was delightfully surprised how good these were! Instead of plain mayo I used the spicy mayo recipe from the Asian keto chicken stir-fry with broccoli. Aside from just draining the water from the tuna I pressed a paper towel into the can to soak up any remaining water. I would definately make these again!
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is the amount of tuna drained weight or before draining?

    The weight is the amount you would use in the recipe, so after draining.

  31. Carolyn
    Could you swap the tuna for another meat such as pork or chicken mince?
    Thanks
    Reply: #33
  32. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Could you swap the tuna for another meat such as pork or chicken mince?
    Thanks

    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.

    Reply: #39
  33. Jayne
    Although I drained the tuna very thoroughly the mixture was too sloppy to cook as a patty. Easily solved though by draining another can of tuna and adding that to the mix (without adding extra of the other ingredients). Which also meant I have tomorrow’s lunch prepped and ready to go! It was really delicious and a welcome warm addition to the accompanying green salad.
    Reply: #35
  34. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Although I drained the tuna very thoroughly the mixture was too sloppy to cook as a patty. Easily solved though by draining another can of tuna and adding that to the mix (without adding extra of the other ingredients). Which also meant I have tomorrow’s lunch prepped and ready to go! It was really delicious and a welcome warm addition to the accompanying green salad.

    So glad you enjoyed them, Jayne! Leftovers are always a plus!

  35. Barbara
    I love this recipe because I always have the ingredients on hand, even at the last minute. I like to make these with cheese for a crispier texture, usually fry them in coconut oil. Easy and delicious.
  36. Janet
    How many cans of tuna for 4 servings?
    Reply: #38
  37. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    How many cans of tuna for 4 servings?

    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.

  38. LeliaD
    You could also use canned salmon, which I love cooked this way. I eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But I've never thought of eating tuna for breakfast. . .I'll have to try it fried in patties like this.
  39. Barb
    Instead of how many POUNDS of tuna could you help me out by translating that to the numbers of tins please? And what size. Thanks.
    Reply: #41
  40. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Instead of how many POUNDS of tuna could you help me out by translating that to the numbers of tins please? And what size. Thanks.

    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.

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