Spicy Tuna Patties


Last Updated on August 15, 2020

easy tuna patties

These easy tuna patties have become part of my weekly meal prep rotation. I always have cans of tuna lying around for a quick protein, but sometimes crave something a bit more heartier. These tuna patties are quick to throw together and have the perfect hint of spiciness.

They even won over my tuna hating husband! That says a lot, trust me.

easy tuna patties

These tuna patties are perfect with a side salad, on a bun, or with a fun dip. I paired them with the most refreshing minty yogurt dip that’s made with the simplest ingredients-

  • Greek yogurt
  • fresh mint leaves
  • garlic powder
  • salt

That’s it! It’s so creamy and delicious, and would go great with fresh veggies, other grilled proteins, or with toasted bread.

These patties are a great make-ahead option for busy weeks, or an appetizer for when you have guests over. When I have a ton of recipes to test, I love having quick, nourishing foods that are ready to eat in the fridge to simplify my meals. I’ll usually throw one or two of these patties over a large salad and call it lunch!

easy tuna patties
easy tuna patties

The ingredients in these easy tuna patties are so minimal, you likely have them all at home.

What you’ll need for the spicy tuna patties:

  • canned tuna- I prefer mine in water
  • bread crumb- you can use gluten-free or regular. I’ve even pulsed my favorite crackers into a crumb mixture before
  • eggs
  • lemon
  • sriracha- because we love things spicy
  • garlic powder, salt & pepper!

You can leave out the sriracha if you don’t love the spice, and add in fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro for extra flavor.

You guys are going to love this easy lunch idea! Be sure to check out these Jalapeno Black Bean Burgers and Spicy Salmon Burgers if you’re looking for other make-ahead meals!

Spicy Tuna Patties

5 from 1 vote
Course: Lunch


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  • 10 oz 10 canned tuna in water (2 cans)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 whole wheat breadcrumbs (sub gluten-free if needed)

  • 2 2 eggs

  • 2 tbsp 2 fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tsp 2 sriracha

  • 1/2 tbsp 1/2 lemon zest

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 garlic powder

  • Pinch of salt & pepper

  • Cooking spray, for grilling

  • Garlic Mint Yogurt Dip
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Greek yogurt, I used non-fat

  • 2 tbsp 2 chopped mint leaves

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 garlic powder

  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt


  • Drain your tuna and toss into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork to break up the chunks.
  • Toss in the eggs, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, zest, spices and sriracha and mix together.
  • Heat a pan on medium heat. Grease with cooking spray.
  • Form 4 palm sized patties and cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip for additional 1-2 minutes.
  • For the yogurt dip, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and serve on top of the patties.
  • You can store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 week, or freeze them cooked for up to a month.

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  1. 10/10 These tuna patties are absolutely amazing!!! So easy to make and so yummy!!

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