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Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Tuna, Sweet Potato and Spinach Burgers

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I think our baby led weaning sweet potato and spinach burger recipe has to be the most viewed page on our blog of all time and considering how popular it is on Pinterest it will continue to be for many years to come. As you know, I am always looking to create new recipes in the kitchen so I thought I’d do a little twist on the vegetarian sweet potato and spinach burger and add a little tuna. Introducing tuna patties for babies!

tuna, spinach and sweet potato patties on a baking tray

Dexter is now 23 months old so kind of past the baby led weaning stage, but he still loves eating finger foods and loves things like burgers, nuggets and pizza; all unhealthy stuff that I try to make as healthy as possible in the kitchen. This tuna baby led weaning recipe, using sweet potato and spinach alongside canned tuna to make burgers or patties, incorporates so many healthy nutrients and I am more than happy for him to have as many as his heart desires.

tuna, sweet potato and spinach patties in a stack

Tuna patties for babies

No matter whether you call these tuna patties or tuna burgers, this baby tuna recipe is gonna be a firm favourite in your household!

These tuna baby led weaning burgers are pretty simple to make, they cook quickly and are able to be stored in the fridge or freezer if you want to batch cook a few. I highly recommend only keeping them for three days in the fridge and fully defrosting them before eating them if you do decide to freeze them.

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Can you use canned tuna in baby led weaning?

The NHS states that canned tuna can be used as part of a balanced and healthy diet for your baby, however that choice is down to you. Canned tuna can contain mercury and for this reason, some nutritionists will say it’s not safe for children under the age of two. I advise you to do your own research and decide if you should offer canned tuna to your baby or not.

Canned tuna is a great option for lazy Mums like me who want to cook simple recipes. Because it’s already cooked and has a long shelf life, it’s something that can be kept in the cupboard for ages and used whenever necessary!

stack tuna patties

What are the benefits of giving tuna to babies?

  • Full of healthy protein
  • Good for the heart
  • Tuna is a great source of Vitamin B12 and folate
  • Contains Omega-3 fatty acids which aid growth and development

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as Dex did. As always if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to share them in the box below and if you think someone else would love this baby led weaning recipe, please be sure to share it on Pinterest by clicking the pin below.

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A delicious and easy recipe for baby led weaning burgers using tuna, sweet potato and spinach. Perfect for babies and toddlers, healthy and nutritious and perfect for Mums on the go.
Yield: 8 burgers

Baby Led Weaning Tuna, Sweet Potato and Spinach Burgers

Baby Led Weaning Tuna, Sweet Potato and Spinach Burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • can of tuna
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • handful of spinach
  • seasonings to taste (pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, cayenne,)


  1. Cook the sweet potato either in microwave or oven, or if you are lazy like me, buy frozen diced sweet potato and steam it or boil it gently for ten minutes.
  2. While the sweet potato is cooking, wilt the spinach by frying gently in some oil or garlic or by pouring boiling water over it, then squeezing out the water.
  3. Mash the cooked sweet potato and add the canned tuna. Mix well.
  4. Add an egg and combine thoroughly.
  5. Add seasoning to taste.
  6. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with foil and spraying oil where your patties will go.
  7. Using a table spoon, spoon some mixture and roll into a ball. Place on the baking tray and then lightly press down on the ball with the back of your spoon so a burger shape is formed.
  8. Repeat until all of the patties are made.
  9. Bake in the oven at 180C for fifteen minutes until browned.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

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Calla Freeman

Thursday 9th of September 2021

If your baby has an egg allergy can that be left out or is it Necessary in binding the other ingredients? If so do you have any egg replacement suggestions for this recipe? thanks!

Nicola | Mummy to Dex

Thursday 9th of September 2021

I have included egg as usually they fall apart quite a bit without the egg - of course you could try without! But just be prepared that it may not stick together quite like a burger. Many of my readers also use a flaxegg as a replacement for egg. This is 1tbsp of flax seed + 2 tbsp water. I haven't tried this with this particular recipe, but have done with similar recipes in the past and its worked well :) Good luck!

Laura Williams

Friday 15th of January 2021

Can these be frozen?


Friday 17th of April 2020

Answering my own question.....oven at least 190. Cook for min 20 min if not 25 and flip when try enough to do so


Friday 17th of April 2020

Just tried these and just the texture of mash potato....any idea what I'm not doing to get them more solid?

Baby Led Weaning – Modern Mom in Progress

Friday 7th of June 2019

[…] Our #2 easy favorite is sweet potato, tuna and spinach patties. It sounds like a gross combination, but I have tried them and they are actually pretty good and again nutrient packed. They take about 5 minutes to prep and 12 minutes to cook. Super fast and easy, I try to always have the stuff for them. This is one that you can add more or less seasonings to. Some people don’t believe babies should experinece seasonings, I am not one of those people. I add oregano, parsley sometimes a little cumin or garlic salt (I do try and limit the salt in Oliver’s food) or whatever else seems good to these. I don’t do a whole lot, but I don’t believe that baby food has to be bland. Here’s the original link: Tuna Sweet Potato burgers […]

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