Crispy Salmon Burgers: A Tasty Twist on Classic Burgers

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salmon burger recipe

What’s up, Hungry People!

Today, I have a fantastic alternative to your regular beef burgers – the salmon burger! These thick, pink patties of awesomeness are not only flavorful but also packed with essential vitamins, proteins, and healthy fatty acids.

Trust me, they are absolutely freakin’ delicious!

To truly let the flavors of the salmon shine, these salmon patties contain only a few simple ingredients. The goal is to create a patty that is firm to the touch yet maintains a light and fluffy texture.

ingredients for salmon burgers

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Salmon: The star ingredient, providing a rich and flavorful base for the patties.
  • Panko: Adds texture and helps bind the salmon patties together.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds moisture and creaminess to the patties.
  • Dijon mustard: Adds a tangy and slightly spicy flavor that complements the salmon.
  • Shallot: Provides a subtle onion flavor and adds a bit of crunch to the patties.
  • Lemon juice: Brightens the flavors and balances the richness of the salmon.
  • Salt and pepper: Enhances the overall taste of the patties.
  • Brioche or Hawaiian buns: Serve as the soft and slightly sweet base for the salmon burgers.
  • Tartar sauce (optional): Adds a creamy and tangy element to the burgers, enhancing their flavor.
  • Arugula: Provides a fresh and peppery taste that pairs well with the salmon and adds a pop of color to the burgers.

Let’s Cook!

ground salmon and panko

First, use a food processor to chunk up the salmon filets. This will help create the perfect texture for your patties. Next, add in the panko breadcrumbs, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and a splash of lemon juice. For an added kick, include some roughly chopped shallot. These ingredients not only bind the patty but also enhance the overall taste.

Once everything is combined, it’s time to form your patties. Aim for a thickness of about an inch. This ensures that the patties cook evenly and retain their juiciness.

formed salmon patties

Baking the Salmon Burgers

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake them for approximately 25 minutes or until they are cooked through. Keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking and drying out the salmon. We want these burgers to be moist and flavorful!

Tips for Making Salmon Patties

  • Choosing the right salmon: Opt for fresh, high-quality salmon fillets for the best flavor and texture in your burgers.
  • Handling the salmon: When removing the skin, use a sharp knife and work carefully to maintain the integrity of the fillets.
  • Chunking the salmon: Cut the salmon into chunks before processing to ensure even texture and avoid over-processing.
  • Pulsing in the food processor: Pulse the salmon in the food processor to grind it up rather than continuously running it, as this will prevent the salmon from becoming mushy.
  • Seasoning to taste: Start with a moderate amount of salt and pepper and adjust to your preference. Remember, you can always add more but cannot remove excess seasoning.
  • Forming consistent patties: Use a measuring cup or a burger press to ensure each patty is the same size, promoting even cooking.
  • Greasing the baking sheet: Prevent the salmon patties from sticking by greasing the baking sheet with oil or using parchment paper.
  • Checking for doneness: To check if the patties are cooked through, insert a fork or thermometer into the center. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).
  • Creative toppings: Experiment with various toppings like avocado slices, pickles, or caramelized onions to personalize your salmon burgers.
  • Serving variations: Instead of buns, consider serving the salmon patties over a bed of mixed greens or in lettuce wraps for a lighter option.
  • Storage and reheating: If you have leftovers, store the cooked salmon patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them in a skillet or toaster oven to maintain their texture.
salmon burger recipe

Serving Suggestions

Now comes the exciting part – serving and enjoying your delicious salmon burgers! I love serving mine on a soft and slightly sweet Hawaiian bun. It adds the perfect touch to complement the flavors of the salmon.

For toppings, I highly recommend a homemade tartar sauce and a handful of fresh baby arugula. The creaminess of the tartar sauce and the peppery arugula beautifully complement the salmon.

easy salmon burgers

To complete the meal, why not whip up some incredible cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries? They provide a delightful contrast to the delicate flavor of the fish. Drizzle them with caramel dressing for a touch of sweetness. Trust me, this combination is a match made in foodie heaven!

So, next time you’re craving a burger, give these salmon patties a try. They are a healthier alternative and bursting with flavor. Plus, they are super easy to make with just a few ingredients. Your taste buds will thank you!

Enjoy, Hungry People!


Salmon Burgers

The Starving Chef
Delicious salmon burgers made with fresh salmon, panko breadcrumbs, and flavorful seasonings, served on brioche or Hawaiian buns with optional tartar sauce and topped with arugula.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine Burgers, Fish


  • 32 oz salmon skin removed
  • 1 cup panko
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot choppd
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • brioche or Hawaiian buns for serving
  • tartar sauce optional, for serving
  • arugula for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Remove the skin from the salmon filets. Use a food processor to grind up the salmon filets until you achieve a ground consistency.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground salmon, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, panko, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Form the mixture into patties that are approximately 1 inch thick and 4 inches in diameter.
  • Grease a baking sheet and arrange the salmon patties on it.
  • Bake the patties in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until they are cooked through. Make sure to keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking and drying out the salmon.
  • Once cooked, remove the patties from the oven and serve them right away on a Hawaiian bun.
  • Top the burgers with fresh tartar sauce and a handful of arugula. Enjoy!
Keyword bun, burger, salmon
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