Avoid the canned tunas which are very mushy. Canned albacore tuna is our favorite for this recipe. Fresh, raw tuna works great too if you feel like using fresh fish and fits your budget. The amount of egg will vary depending on the dryness of your tuna and the absorption of the bread crumbs. If you are unsure, start with 2 eggs, and if the mixture seems too dry to easily form into patties, add a 3rd egg.
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, celery, onion, garlic powder, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Stir to make sure everything is combined. Gently fold in the tuna until just combined.
If you have air fryer perforated baking paper, this is great. Lay perforated air fryer baking paper inside base of air fryer. Lightly spray the paper. (if not you don't have the holed liners, spray enough olive oil spray at the base of the air fryer basket to make sure the patties do not stick)
Try to keep all patties same size and thickness for even cooking. Scoop 1/4 cup of mixture, and shape into patties about 3-inches wide x 1/2-inch thick and lay inside basket. Makes about 10 patties.
If patties are too soft to handle, chill them for at about 1 hour or until firm. This will make them easier to handle during cooking. Spray or brush top of patties with oil. Air Fry 360°F, 10 minutes, flipping half way. Spray the tops again after you flip the patties.
Serve with your favorite sauce and lemon slices.
Easy substitutions: Fresh herbs for the dried herbs. Shallots or green onions for the onions.