• 2 (5 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely diced celery (or water chestnuts or green peppers or a combination)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns, lettuce, cocktail sauce or other condiments if desired.

Canned tuna becomes a satisfying and delicious meal

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy way to use canned tuna, my tuna patties are a great way to go. They are satisfying and so simple to put together, and they’re full of flavor. Plus, these patties are versatile. They use ingredients most of us have in our pantry or fridge, and if you don’t- you can usually substitute those items with something else. As long as you have tuna, bread crumbs, and eggs, you have a patty. If you want more of a crab cake flavor, try adding a half teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning. Don’t have celery? Try another crunchy vegetable. Want them spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. There are so many varieties and all start with a simple can of tuna.

Belle’s Tuna Patties

2 (5 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained

½ cup dried bread crumbs

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup finely chopped onion

½ cup finely diced celery (or water chestnuts or green peppers or a combination)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons horseradish

1 teaspoon minced garlic

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 hamburger buns, lettuce, cocktail sauce or other condiments if desired.

In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except the oil.  Heat the oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat. Scoop 4 even amounts of the tuna mixture and place in the pan. Flatten each into a patty with a spatula.  Cook in the oil for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook another 3 minutes or until golden and crispy. Serve on hamburger buns with lettuce, cocktail sauce, mayo or other desired condiments.