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These Keto Tuna Melt Patties are a delicious and cheesy alternative to tuna melt sandwiches for anyone who is on a low-carb diet.
One of my favorite lunch options pre-keto was a cheesy tuna melt sandwich. Canned tuna, melted cheese sandwiched between two toasted slices of bread (or panini!). Today, I’m skipping the grains and carbs, but cheese and tuna are still a part of my life. Thanks to these delicious Keto Tuna Melt Patties, I can still enjoy the best part of tuna melts with only 2 grams of carbs per patty!
What’s a tuna melt?
Tuna melt is the stuff that college students live on. It’s pure comfort food! It’s a simple sandwich that consists of tuna (or a tuna-mayonnaise salad), some optional vegetables (onions, celery, tomatoes), and of course a slice of melted cheese served between two slices of toasted bread. Quick and simple, it can be prepared in a frying pan, your oven, and even your microwave (though I wouldn’t recommend that even if you are college student).
Other than the high-carb bread, the ingredients work actually really well for a low-carb lifestyle. And that’s why I decided to combine them into my Keto Tuna Melt Patties!
How to make Tuna Melt Patties!
I like simple and quick recipes like this. You only need 5 ingredients to make your patties: eggs, tuna, cheese, onion, and cream cheese. That’s it!
First, whisk together your eggs, add chopped onions (or onion powder), well-drained canned tuna, shredded cheese, and softened cream cheese. Stir until everything is well combined.
With your hand shape the mixture into 9 or so patties and place them on your lined and greased baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown (flip midway). So easy and delicious!
How to serve these keto patties?
You can enjoy them as a quick lunch or snack as it. I like mine with a bit of sour cream or a side salad. You can also serve them as a burger with my Keto Hamburger Buns! They make a great snack, lunch, or can be part of larger dinner.
Tips for making Tuna Melt Patties!
Tuna. I highly recommend using canned tuna that is tested for mercury and sustainably caught (i.e. pole and line caught). You can use tuna canned in its own liquid (or water) or oil. If oil, I prefer using tuna that is canned in a healthy oil, like avocado oil or olive oil. Make sure to drain the tuna before you use it.
Canned Light Tuna is lowest in mercury because this tuna variant is smaller than larger tuna like albacore or yellowfin. Personally, I do like the larger fish more, but am careful not to eat too much of it because of possible high mercury content.
Cheese. I use Gouda for this recipe, but you can also use cheddar (I love sharp cheddar). I’m not too crazy about Swiss cheese, but if you are, you can also use that.
Onions and other vegetables. I chop up a very small onion for this recipe. Not a fan of onion? Maybe try some celery and/or parsley. Onion powder works too, though it won’t provide the patties with that extra moisture that fresh onions have.
Cream cheese. Make sure to use softened cream cheese, as otherwise it won’t combine well with the remaining ingredients.
Baking. Bake the patties at 400 F for about 10 minutes (until firm enough to flip), then flip over, and bake another 5 minutes or so until golden brown.
Enjoy Tuna Melts keto-style!
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Keto Tuna Melt Patties
- 2 large eggs
- 50 grams onion ½ small onion, chopped
- 10 oz canned tuna 2 cans well-drained
- 1 cup shredded cheese 120 grams, Gouda or cheddar
- 4 oz cream cheese 113 grams, softened
- Preheat oven to 400 ℉ (205 ℃). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray or brush with oil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs. Stir in chopped onions, shredded cheese, well-drained canned tuna, and softened cream cheese. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Take a handful of the mixture and shape into a patty. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture. This recipe makes about 9 patties.
- Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Remove baking sheet from oven and flip patties over. (If patties are still too soft to be flipped over, bake for a few more minutes). Bake for about 5 more minutes, until patties look golden brown.