Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickles & Red Pepper Aioli

Here we make a quick aioli by combining two pantry staples: mayonnaise and roasted red peppers. Stirring a bit of the sauce into the burger mix helps the patties hold together nicely and stay moist.

Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickles and Red Pepper Aioli
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • ¾ cup white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed, plus 1 clove grated, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 medium English cucumber

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup finely chopped roasted red peppers

  • 1 ¼ pounds salmon fillet, skin removed, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • 1 cup baby arugula


  1. Combine vinegar, water, 1 tablespoon dill, crushed garlic and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until the salt dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Thinly slice cucumber into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Stir the cucumber into the brine and set aside.

  2. Combine mayonnaise, roasted red peppers and grated garlic in a small bowl and stir well. Transfer 1/4 cup of the aioli to a large bowl and set the rest aside. Stir salmon, chives and the remaining 1 tablespoon dill into the aioli in the large bowl. Form the mixture into 4 patties about 4 inches in diameter.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, flipping once, until golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°F, 6 to 8 minutes total.

  4. Drain the pickles. Serve the burgers on buns with arugula, the remaining aioli and the pickles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

499 Calories
31g Fat
23g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g 68%
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 1276IU 26%
Sodium 588mg 26%
Potassium 625mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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