Oh, you’re trying to get more protein in your diet? Here ya go:
I think eating them kinda makes me feel like I’m eating a cheeseburger. A healthy cheeseburger. With no bread. And no cheese.
I’ve thrown ALL kinds of things into patties to hold them together. These were an even different beast since tuna holds together even less than ground turkey. These started out with breadcrumbs until I had the bright idea to replace them with mashed up chickpeas. GENIUS! And, more protein.
These patties have 3 great sources of protein in them: tuna, chickpeas, and eggs. So, the real title of this post should be: Protein Packed Tuna Patties. But, I went with Chickpea Tuna Patties instead.
Like many of my recipes, this is an easy one that pretty much involves just throwing it all in there.
Loads of red pepper, onion, garlic, and parsley are mixed in with the tuna.
You could actually stop there, add some seasoning, and eat this on bread as a tuna sandwich. But, we’re not stopping.
2 eggs are added and mixed in.
The chickpeas are blended up real nice, almost to a hummus consistency. If there are a few chickpea chunks left over, that’s okay.
The chickpea mixture, along with some lemon juice, is mixed into the tuna and veggies.
A good pinch of S&P are added before the tuna is formed into patties and ready for a well greased skillet.
These take a bit to cook. ~6-7 minutes on each side at a medium low heat. You’ll also want to be careful when you flip them because, truth be told, they are certainly not as sturdy as a hamburger. If you want them to hold together super well, you could add ~1 cup of bread crumbs. But, they aren’t really needed.
Once cooked, they’re placed on a cooling rack while a delicious sauce is prepared with even MORE protein.
The topping sauce is simply plain greek yogurt, garlic, parsley/ chives, lemon juice, and a bit of S&P. And MMMM is it good!
A few good chunks of avocado on top won’t hurtcha either.