Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tuna Cake Burgers-Secret Recipe Club

My assigned blog for October’s Secret Recipe Club was Fit Mama Real Food.   I suppose that this is kind of a redo as this is the same blog that I had in August.  Now this was OK because I got to make another recipe from Heather’s blog.  Besides I enjoy reading the posts about her adorable little boy.   Of course, I found several new recipes that I want to try, especially  Creamy Cheddar Broccoli Bean Soup, Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers, and that Chocolate Dutch Baby looks as if it is to die for.

I mentioned in my post back in August that  one of Heather’s recipes that had captured my eye was Tuna Cakes.  My hubby does not eat fish so I rarely make anything from fish at home.  If I do have fish, it is usually something frozen from Groton’s or Van de Kamp's.  Fortunately, hubby was going 4-wheeling this weekend and was not going to be home for lunch.  The perfect time for me to try the Tuna Cakes.

I made a few changes to Heather’s recipe.  First of all, I only had 5-oz. cans of tuna on hand, not the 7 oz. can that the recipe called for.  I chose to up the amount of tuna to two cans or 10 oz.   I added a tablespoon of instant minced onion and 1/4 t. coarse black pepper.

I did not have the chickpea flour that Heather used so chose to go with her recommended substitute of ground oat flour.  I always have both old-fashioned and quick oats on hand.  I used 1 c. of old-fashioned rolled oats ground into flour in my food chopper.  This amount still made quite moist cakes so I think that next time I will use 1 1/2 c. of rolled oats
I wanted an extra crispy exterior on my cakes so I coated them with some panko crumbs before frying them.

I ate a tuna cake burger style, with a toasted bun, tartar sauce, pickle slices and tomato slices.  Since I like cheeseburgers, next time I may melt a slice of cheddar cheese over the tuna cake.  The tuna burger was very good, and I have three cakes left over to warm up and make more burgers for my lunches at work this week.

Thanks, Heather, for a great recipe that will be in my regular round up of recipes for lunch at work.

Tuna Cake Burgers
adapted from Fit Mama Real Food
2 eggs
1 T. instant minced onion
1/4 t. coarse ground pepper
2 t. Old Bay Seasoning
2 cans (5 oz. ea.) tuna in water, well drained
1 to 1 1/2 c. old fashioned or quick oats
1-2 T. vegetable oil
1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
4 hamburger buns, toasted
tartar sauce or mayonnaise
pickles and/or tomatoes as desired

Break eggs into a small bowl and beat well.  Add instant minced onion, ground pepper, and the Old Bay Seasoning.  Let stand 10 minutes to soften the onion.  Add the well drained tuna.  In a food chopper or blender whirl oats until very finely ground.  Add to tuna mixture and mix well.  Let stand a few minutes to allow the mixture to thicken slightly.  Cover the bottom of a 10-12-inch frying pan with vegetable oil.  Heat..  While oil is heating, place panko in a shallow pan.  Form tuna mixture into four patties and coat on both sides with the panko crumbs.  Cook on one side in the hot oil, about 3 minutes.  Turn and cook on second side another 3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.  Makes 4 cakes.  Serve on toasted hamburger buns, spread with tartar sauce or mayonnaise and pickles and or tomatoes as desired.

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  1. My mother used to have a similar recipe using salmon. You tuna cakes look great!

  2. They look great! I find making cakes from different types of fish are great ways to get my family to eat fish. Great SRC choice!

  3. This looks great - it reminds me of a dish my great aunt use to make with canned salmon..I could never duplicate it. Maybe I should see if this comes close.

  4. This looks fantastic! I have never made a fish cake before and need to give this a try. Love love love tuna.

  5. Hi Loy,
    I never thought of making a burger out of Tuna, this looks amazing and we will just love it. Great choice for the SRC, have a fun day!
    Miz Helen

  6. Mmmmm, your tuna burgers are a great reminder of a favorite classic. What a good SRC choice.

  7. What a great alternative to regular burgers--- love these! Great SRC pick!

  8. I love making cakes from fish. This is one to add to my To Do List.

  9. Tuna cakes are the only way I eat tuna and I really like what you did with this recipe. Great pick!

  10. This is a great idea and a nice change from salmon or crab.

    (I missed the deadline to add my post to the party and have sent email to April to try and fix that, but here's my post)

  11. This looks so good. I also have a hubby who doesn't like tuna though so I'll also be waiting for him to be out for me to have a go at these.

  12. This looks great! I never thought of using oats as a binder - clever!

  13. Great use of tuna... so healthy too. I would love if you shared this recipe with us on foodie friday today.


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