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Cilantro-Lime Tuna Patties


I made these tuna patties (aka burgers) for lunch as a recovery meal after a heavy leg day in the gym. Got my complex carbs to refuel my muscles with the whole grain bun, protein from the tuna to help repair and rebuild, along with some healthy fats from the olive oil and antioxidants from the cilantro, garlic, lime and green onions to help with inflammation and muscle soreness. They ARE as good as they look. I’m glad this batch makes five, because I was happy to have leftovers to come home to after a long day of work.

Cilantro-Lime Tuna Patties

Active prep time: 15 minutes, Refrigeration time: 30 minutes

Makes 5 patties

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro with stems removed
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 5 green onions, diced (white and green parts)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger or 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain bread crumbs
  • 4 five oz cans of albacore or yellowfin tuna packed in water, drained
  • 5 whole grain hamburger buns
  • Lettuce and tomato, optional for topping

In a large bowl, mix together cilantro, half of lime juice and zest, green onions, 3 of the garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce, mustard, eggs and bread crumbs. Add tuna and mix well.

Form 5 patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and sauté the burgers on medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Serve on a toasted bun with lettuce and tomato (optional) and green beans on the side.


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