In this easy salmon burger recipe, ditch the bun and serve the burger over a bed of salad greens topped with a creamy green goddess dressing. The secret to this perfect salmon burger? Handling the fish delicately, seasoning lightly and not overcooking the salmon. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008

John Ash
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • With a large chef's knife, chop salmon using quick, even, straight-up-and-down motions (do not rock the knife or the fish will turn mushy) until you have a mass of roughly 1/4-inch pieces. Transfer to a large bowl; gently stir in onion (or scallion), cilantro, ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper (do not overmix). Divide the mixture into 4 patties, about 1 inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (or up to 2 hours).

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  • Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, anchovy, chives, parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the burgers and cook until browned on both sides and just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Serve the burgers with the sauce.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare salmon mixture (Step 1), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 2) for up to 3 days.

Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) are more sustainably fished and have a larger, more stable population. To skin a salmon fillet, place the fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

Nutrition Facts

197 calories; 9.8 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 250 mg sodium. 445 mg potassium; 2.9 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 23.1 g protein; 280 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 16 mcg folate; 53 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 34 mg magnesium;

Reviews (15)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2013
Super easy but time consuming To my surprise the burger held together fairly well. I only had to chill it for less than an hour. I didn't think the burger was very tasty without the sauce. A healthy dollop of the sauce made the burger. Pros: easy and the ingredients are very common Cons: chopping of the salmon Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2013
Restaurant quality. I did NOT deviate from the recipe and I prepared the Green Goddess Sauce. Wonderful and so fresh tasting! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2013
Divine I am not a salmon eater though whilst looking for a healthy dinner I came upon this recipe and thought why not!. I first made the green goddess sauce (which I tried out on my tuna salad lunch for work It tasted lovely and made a somewhat boring salad into a very refreshing one). Yesterday I decided to go for it and try the salmon burgers. These were divine not hard to make though a bit time consuming but hey it was a Saturday so have lots of time. My husband (a fly fisher but not a fish eater) tried these and loved them and so did my 13 year old daughter who had earlier turned her nose up at the thought. Will be making these again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2013
Can I just say that skinning a salmon fillet rinsing and chopping anchovies and making a salmon burger withough any kind of binding agent made me nervous? If it hadn't been Spring Break (I'm a teacher ) I never would have attempted this recipe. Thank goodness for Spring Break! This is a recipe for tender salmon with a crispy coating and a savory luxurious Green Goddess sauce that I will be putting on just about anything I can imagine for the next 30 years. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2013
Right on point Incredible recipe and a good change of pace from the same 'ol - same 'ol marinated salmon on the grill. My 17 yr. old son who doesn't particularly like salmon went back for seconds. High marks from my husband as well. I highly recommend the Green Goddess Sauce. The burger on a hearty bun calls out for a tasteful sauce. Will keep this recipe in my 'make regularly' file! Pros: Fairly easy and very tasty Cons: None that I can think of Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2012
Bones? Sorry not really a review. I want to try this out but nobody said anything about the bones! The last salmon I had was grilled and the bones were a nuisance. If you are chopping up this salmon how do you get rid of the bones?. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2012
Meaty and delicious My patties didn't hold together too well during the cooking process (possibly because I didn't chop the salmon finely enough?) but this in no way detracted from the dinner because the salmon tasted delicious atop a bed of greens tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. I added a squeeze of lime to the salmon and also served it with the recommended Green Goddess Sauce (which I highly suggest as it really added to the meal). These salmon burgers were very meaty and hearty. I prefer these nearly pure-meat salmon 'burgers' to the canned salmon/bread crumb-type cakes I have made in the past and so does my husband. Pros: Tasted good! Healthy Filling Cons: Didn't hold together well Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2012
Love this recipe- must try! Very light and delicious meal even my picky brother ate it and he hates fish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2012
These salmon burgers tasted amazing! They were absolutely bursting with flavor. Served them with steamed broccoli and the chile-garlic sweet potatoes also from Eatingwell. Cons: The only downside is that these burgers are very small for how expensive fresh salmon is! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This sounds great to me. I don't cook much but this is up my ally. Just a thought: This could be a great finger food if made into bite size balls. A new and different item at parties. Lana Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Surprisingly simple and delicious. I was amazed how filling these were. I made it along with the Tropical Cucumber Salad and my husband and I both loved the dinner. These are my first recipes from this site and I'm looking forward to trying some more. A Cook from Austin Austin TX Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These are simply the best salmon burgers! The extra time it takes to skin and chop the salmon is worth every minute for these moist & flavorful burgers. (not on the same page with the frozen kind!) Even my 3 & 5 yr olds love these. Barbara Denver CO Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I've made the salmon burgers twice for different groups of people and both times everyone loved them. The second time I made them I doubled the recipe and I still didn't have enough. These are fabulous. Julie SLC UT Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent Recipe. Everyone loved these very quick and easy to make. Even my husband who doesn't normally care for salmon ate three burgers!! I am adding this to my recipe rotation. Thank you Eating Well! JMarcy NY Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This salmon was a hit! Both my 14 year old and my 4 year old girls loved this recipe. I added a splash of soy sauce to the blend and it went really well with it. I did not serve it with the green goddess sauce but made my own cilantro lime crema sauce a sauce I use often with fish. Delicious! I never thought of using fresh salmon in a burger and I will never go back to icky dry canned salmon for salmon patties again! I would also feel fine serving this to guests thanks Eating Well! Karen VA. Read More