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The Tuna Burger

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine Paleo, Primal
Calories 216 kcal


  • 2 cans Tuna
  • 1 c Sweet potato (mashed)
  • 1/2 c White onion (diced)
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper (diced, ribs and seeds removed)
  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 Egg (whisked)
  • 1/4 c Almond flour
  • 1/4 c Arrowroot powder
  • Grass fed butter (for frying- primal not paleo)


  1. Strain and empty tuna into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Mash pre-cooked sweet potato and add to the tuna.
  3. Mix in diced onion, jalapeño, garlic, salt, and spices.
  4. Whisk egg in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Sprinkle almond flour and arrowroot powder on a plate, mix well, and set aside.
  6. Using your hands, form the tuna “dough” into fist-sized patties. These patties are delicate, so try to keep the size manageable. If the patties are too large they are more likely to fall apart. Set patties aside on a plate or baking sheet.
  7. Once all the patties are formed (this recipe makes about 8), set them in a fridge or freezer for a couple of hours, so that they harden up a bit and stay solid while frying.
  8. Melt butter in a pan on medium heat.
  9. While butter is melting, gently dip the patties in the egg wash and then in the flour mixture. Then shallow fry them in butter until the edges are golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Set each patty down on a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
  11. Serve with fresh steamed veggies and/or a spinach salad to round out the meal.
Nutrition Facts
The Tuna Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 390mg11%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 8450IU169%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.