This is one of those great, budget-friendly recipes that’s easy to throw together from cheap ingredients that I often have in the fridge/pantry. You could also try throwing in extra herbs or veggies you have on-hand to mix things up a little – peas, corn, grated zucchini, a finely diced onion.  Whatever you have on hand, the most basic version of this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy.

These patties go great with homemade roasted tomato sauce, sweet chilli or even a garlicky cucumber-yoghurt sauce. I usually serve them with a side salad or a side of steamed or roasted veggies.

These are pretty much pretty impossible to stuff up. Microwave the sweet potato, mash, add tuna, eggs and seasoning. Shape into patties and bake until set and you’re all done!

Only three main ingredients – sweet potato, tuna and eggs.

Cubed sweet potato.

Microwave until fork tender, drain and set aside to cool.

Mash sweet potato, add tuna. Beat eggs and add 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Shape into patties and bake.

Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

Makes: 12 patties.
Time to prepare: 1 hour

Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (or 4 cups cubed sweet potato)
  • 425 gram can of tuna in brine, drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the cubed sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and cover with boiling (or hot from the tap) water.
  3. Microwave for 10-15 minutes on high, or until fork tender enough to mash.
  4. Remove from the microwave, drain and allow to cool. Mash with a potato masher/fork and add tuna. Mix well.
  5. Crack three eggs into a jug and season with the salt and pepper.
  6. Pour egg mixture into sweet potato and tuna mixture and stir well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Using wet hands, shape sweet potato mixture into patties (use about enough mixture to fit in the palm of your hand per patty to make 12, or you could make smaller ones if you prefer, just bake them for a bit less.)
  8. Bake patties in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until well browned and completely cooked through.

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