Tuna Patty Melt

When you have to rethink your menu and in order to cook something quick, canned tuna in the cabinet can come to your rescue. This is a semi home made recipe from items that is usually on hand. It takes a box of stuffing mix, 2 small cans of tuna, a carrot, sweet relish, mayonnaise, shredded cheese and egg. The only prep work is grating the carrot. Mix and let it rest in the refrigerator while you pull together the rest of the meal. Form your patties and fry on medium low for five minutes on each side.

Letting it rest for a few minutes in the refrigerator will help the mixture absorb the moister and the patties will hold together better when frying. The patties brown very quickly because of the egg and mayonnaise so you want to use medium low heat. Use a nonstick skillet with a coating of oil to fry the patties because they will stick. Keep a close eye on the patties while cooking because they can burn.

The recipe made 9 patties. I cooked 4 and put the other 5 in the freezer. The frozen patties will make a nice quick lunch or sandwich.

Tuna Patty Melts

  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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  • 2 cans (4 ounces) tuna packed in water drained
  • 1 package cornbread stuffing mix
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water


Mix together the first five ingredients in large bowl. Whisk together mayonnaise and eggs in a small bowl until blended. Add water next and continue to blend. Pour wet mixture over the tuna mixture and mix together until moistened. If the mixture doesn’t stick together add additional water one tablespoon at a time. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes will also help the stuffing mix to moisten. Make patties and fry in a skillet with a small amount of oil heated on medium heat. Patties brown quickly only cook 5 minutes on each side.

Extra patties can be frozen to make later.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t care for canned tuna, but I do love this idea, I’m always up for anything made with stuffing!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Tuna isn’t my favorite either because my mother made tuna noodle casserole every Friday. My late husband loved it. You can substitute cooked chicken or can salmon in this recipe and it would be good. .

      I always enjoy your comments.

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  2. I always have cans of tuna (and salmon) in my pantry. Makes for a quick meal like your tuna patties!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I was digging through my recipes looking for some meal ideas to use up what was in my pantry, and I found this recipe. It was a Kraft Foods recipe from a magazine ad for Stove Top Stuffing. I made a couple of changes to match what I had on hand. It turned out good and my son ate 3 patties.

      Thanks for taking time to comment.


  3. slfinnell says:

    I make ‘tuna patties’ for my kiddos but call them Sponge Bob Crabby Patties. For the pickier eaters you gotta be creative lol But we have a different recipe and the idea of the stuffing mix really sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I like your creative name for tuna patties. My 12 year old grandson still likes to watch Sponge Bob. All the other siblings of his stopped watching it in early grade school. I will have to use that name the next time I make seafood patties.

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  4. I made these for dinner tonight and they were very good! Thank you! One more weapon in my arsenal!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I am glad you like them. The recipe came from a magazine that was published by Kraft Foods from 10 years ago. It was one of those budget recipes that became a keeper in my recipe box.

      Thanks for your feedback. It is nice to know the recipe was tried and liked.

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      1. Yes, it’s a keeper. Regarding the cornmeal stuffing, I assume they mean a box of stove top stuffing? I only had a big bag of Pepperidge Farm cornmeal stuffing on hand so I used 6 oz. of that.

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        1. trkingmomoe says:

          Yes they used Stove Top. I had a cheap box of cornbread stuffing from the Dollar Store. I have been cooking mostly from my pantry. That makes for less trips to the store. I think most of us are doing that right now. Being able to use what you have on hand is what makes a recipe like this work. I love your blog. It makes me think of my own family’s history.


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