Corn & Zucchini Tuna Burgers – Improv Challenge

Zucchini tuna burgers

It’s begun already: Zucchini Season! This is the time of year when practically every recipe out of my kitchen must be adapted to include zucchini – in order to not become overwhelmed by the proliferating plant.

Thus this month’s Improv Challenge theme of Corn & Butter would just have to contain some zucchini. A salad of buttered corn and zucchini would have been delicious. (Please check the thumbnail photos below as I’ll bet some corn zucchini salads may pop up.) But my troops were really hungry the other night and I had a craving for tuna….and for a super simple dinner. This recipe emerged. All the kids liked them (with ketchup, of course) and most importantly, so did my mother who has proclaimed herself to be ‘not a tuna fan’ but I guess corn & butter (and zucchini?) makes everything taste better.

Corn & Zucchini Tuna Burgers

Makes 6 burgers


  • 2 (5-oz.) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs - processed in food processor from 4 slices toasted bread
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper (fresh ground if possible)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (thawed from frozen or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except oil and butter. Form into 6 patties.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in large non-stick skillet. When hot, place 3 patties in pan and fry until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Flip and fry about 3 minutes on other side. Repeat with remaining 3 patties.
  3. Serve on lettuce leaves (or on a bun) with mayo and more fresh basil.

If you really want to get into the Corn & Butter theme, top these burgers with some melted butter before serving. What’s your favorite way to eat corn in the summer?

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  1. Now that’s creative! I’m not a tuna fan either (when cooked) but I’d be willing to try these. Or at least sub out the tuna for ground turkey. :)

  2. I haven’t had a tuna burger in years. Looking at these, I am thinking I need to do something about it.

  3. Oh! Wow! What a lovely summer supper idea!

  4. Great tuna burgers! Love all of the added vegetables!

  5. Oh Deana! What a great combo of flavors here! Love the corn and zucchini together! And this would be so perfect atop a nice salad! : )

  6. Oh, those look great! We love tuna burgers — I’ll have to try your recipe as soon as my zucchini plants start producing (If they start producing? Weeks of flowers and no fruit?)

  7. These tuna burgers sound wonderful, Serena! So healthy and flavorful. I love the corn and zucchini in them! So unique. I need to make these!

    • I tried to add sweet ingredients like the corn and sauteed zucchini so my kids would eat them…but everyone loved! Thanks Kate!

  8. I’d bet that my family would love these burgers and what a wonderful way to not only get that zucchini in but also the theme ingredients.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Fritos Crusted Pollock.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  9. Oh, I like this idea! Corn and Tuna? I’ll bet these are fantastic! :)

  10. This is the super bet way you have come up with using vegetable and meat, I loved it

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