Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tuna and Black Bean Patties


Can we talk about canned tuna for a sec? I have an issue with eating canned tuna but can totally pop them into these patties no problem.  But if I were to open a can of tuna and plop it on my salad, it would gross me out. Does this make me weird? Maybe so, but we all have our oddities!  That being said, canned tuna comes in handy for these patties and well that’s about the only time I use canned tuna.

My sis and I made these on the weekend and used black beans this time instead of the usual chickpeas.  I must say that I like the black bean version much better.  What I really like about these patties is that you don’t have to use egg to bind the mixture together! The water from the canned tuna, plus the small amount of bread crumbs and flour really help to shape these patties well.  You can fry them up in some olive oil and then top them with tzatziki or sour cream, or any sauce really.  They are quite delicious and healthy and QUICK, kind of the perfect meal!

Tuna and Black Bean Patties
(makes about 8 to 10 small patties)

Ingredients:
  • 1 can of solid white tuna with water
  • ½ can of black beans
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Dash of hot sauce (or more if you like the spice)
  • Salt, pepper and oregano to taste

Directions:
  1. Combine the canned tuna with water and black beans in a large bowl and start breaking apart the mixture using a fork.  Mash until mixture is loosely broken up.
  2. Add in spices and hot sauce and mix well.
  3. Add bread crumbs and flour and mix until evenly coated.  If mixture is too wet add more breadcrumbs. 
  4. Shape patties to your preferred size using your hands.
  5. Heat a large frying pan with canola oil or olive oil to medium-high heat.  Once oil is hot, add in patties and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until browned.
  6. Serve with a side of salad and a garlic or sour cream dipping sauce! 
Healthy meal in less than 15 minutes!





24 comments:

  1. Natalie, you are NOT WEIRD at all when it comes to canned tuna!

    I feel the same about most canned fish... but when I lived in Italy, I had a canned tuna sandwich (Italian tuna canned in EVOO - SO good!) on fresh ciabatta with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto a few times a week. ... So I feel like I need to give this recipe a try because, not only does it sound delightful, but it also sounds super healthy and is a creative use of that generally gross canned tuna.

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    1. Canned Italian tuna with EVOO sounds really good! The other ingredients in the sandwich sound even better so I can only imagine it tasting amazing, I think I would be okay eating that :P

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  2. These patties look perfdect for all burgers or just to eat straight from the fridge :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  3. These are filled with flavor and protein YUM!!!

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  4. Canned tuna gives me bad flashbacks of my mom's tuna salad...so yeah, I get it. But mixed into something as good as these patties - major yum!

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  5. Hi, Natalie! Thanks for your visit.
    These fritters look so yummy.
    I love the fact that there are black beans in it.
    I'll have to try this recipe one of these days.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!! xx

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  6. oh wow these looks good, and luckily i have some leftover blackbeans.. now gotta get me some tuna! i need something new to throw in my salads and these look perfect

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  7. I have never seen coconut Cadbury before.., yum!!
    This looks over the top delicious!

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  8. These look like such a great dinner! I just nominated you for a Liebster Award, Natalie! Please check out the details on my blog: http://piesandplots.net/vanilla-walnut-shortbread-and-liebster-award/

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  9. Your Tuna and Black Bean patties look delectable and delicious. I don't have issues with canned tuna on any thing..hehehe. But those I have are "different". My Dad loves to fish and for those over 100lb tuna he got, he gave to this company and they turn the fish into canned tuna for him with a fee. Not bad at all. It's a great way to preserve it cos there's only so much sashimi we can consume!

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    1. 100lb tuna! That's a lot of tuna, but having it canned is actually a great idea! At least he knows where the tuna came from :p

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  10. I've had black bean patties, but not mixed with tuna. Sounds great!

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  11. The tuna smell also kills me! But these look fantastic!

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  12. I like canned tuna in salads, but the kind packed in olive oil tastes much better for that use than the water-packed kind, IMO. I've not made this sort of patty with tuna before, but it's a great idea. Tons of flavor and really healthy. Good stuff - thanks.

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  13. I have got to get on this black bean band wagon and make these and cookies...I already love tuna (in any form) so I bet these are delish!

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  14. I don't think I have ever seen a tuna/black bean burger before. This sounds awesome!

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  15. I too like to use canned tuna making patties. I love these mixed with black beans. YUM!

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  16. I don't eat tuna, but I love a good black bean patty with corn! :)

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  17. The best thing ever! Tried these for lunch today with one exception, had to use pulverized whole wheat oatmeal b/c I didn't have any bread crumbs. Still some of the best I have ever had. About to go make some with the left over beans for lunches the rest of the week

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  18. I'd never used chickpeas OR black beans in my tuna burgers before. I was using a recipe from AskMen that used oats and egg for binder.. and I added breadcrumbs for crisping. Chipotle breadcrumbs made it great. Well, I'm out of breadcrumbs today and trying to add more beans to my diet, so I'm trying your recipe. The real test, cooking it for 3 kids (5,7,8)!

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  19. I'd never used chickpeas OR black beans in my tuna burgers before. I was using a recipe from AskMen that used oats and egg for binder.. and I added breadcrumbs for crisping. Chipotle breadcrumbs made it great. Well, I'm out of breadcrumbs today and trying to add more beans to my diet, so I'm trying your recipe. The real test, cooking it for 3 kids (5,7,8)!

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