Drain clams, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. Chop clams, and set aside.
Stir together clams, reserved clam juice, unsalted crackers, and next 6 ingredients; shape into 12 patties.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium-high heat; add 6 patties, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Repeat with remaining butter and patties. Serve immediately with Tartar Sauce.
.*2 (5-ounce) cans minced clams may be substituted for 1 pint shucked fresh clams. Drain clams, reserving 2 tablespoons juice.