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The Perfect Recipe for a Delightful Salmon Burger: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Favorite

A salmon burger is a delightful twist on the traditional hamburger and is perfect for those looking to incorporate more fish into their diet. Below is a recipe for making salmon burgers, along with some tips and tricks to ensure they turn out flavorful and hearty.


  • Dish name: Salmon Burger

  • Cuisine: American

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes

  • Yield: 4 servings

  • Expiration: Cooked salmon burgers can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (450 grams) skinless salmon fillet

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or 1 tablespoon dried dill)

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (plus extra for serving)

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 egg

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 burger buns

  • Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato slices, avocado slices, thin red onion slices, capers


  1. Chop the salmon into small chunks, then place it in the food processor and pulse a few times to mince without overprocessing. You want some small chunks for texture.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the minced salmon with breadcrumbs, onion, dill, mustard, mayonnaise, lemon zest, egg, salt, and pepper. Combine well.

  3. Form the salmon mixture into 4 even patties.

  4. Heat a non-stick pan or grill over medium heat. Oil it lightly and cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.

  5. Toast the burger buns lightly.

  6. Assemble the burgers with a layer of mayonnaise on the buns, the cooked salmon patties, and any desired toppings.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Texture Matters: Be careful not to overprocess the salmon. Leaving some chunks will give the patties a better texture.

  2. Binding Ingredients: The breadcrumbs and egg act as binders to help hold the burger together. Adjust the breadcrumb quantity if the mix is too wet.

  3. Flavor Enhancers: Dill, lemon zest, and Dijon mustard add fresh, zesty flavors that complement salmon well. Don't skimp on these.

  4. Even Patties: Use a burger press or a round cookie cutter to form even and compact patties.

  5. Preventing Stickiness: To prevent the patties from sticking to your hands while forming, keep your hands slightly wet or oiled.

  6. Refrigerate Patties: If you have time, chill the patties in the fridge for 10-30 minutes before cooking to help them hold their shape.

  7. Correct Heat: Ensure the cooking surface is not too hot to avoid burning the outside while leaving the inside undercooked.

  8. Gentle Flipping: Use a spatula to carefully flip the patties once a nice crust has formed, to keep them from falling apart.

  9. Healthy Toppings: Pair with fresh toppings like avocado and lettuce to keep the meal light and nutritious.

  10. Condiments: Experiment with condiments. A yogurt-dill sauce or aioli can complement the flavors of a salmon burger beautifully.

Salmon burgers are not only delicious but also a healthy alternative to beef burgers. Served with a side of sweet potato fries or a fresh salad, they make for a satisfying meal. Enjoy your homemade salmon burger!

You can substitute salmon with other types of fish to create a variety of flavorful fish burgers. Here are some good alternatives:

  1. Tuna: Fresh or canned tuna can be a great substitute for salmon. It has a firm texture which holds up well when formed into patties.

  2. Cod: Cod, with its mild flavor, can make for a light and flaky burger. It's widely available and works well with a range of seasonings.

  3. Mahi-mahi: The dense texture and mild flavor of mahi-mahi are perfect for making hearty fish burgers.

  4. Swordfish: Known for its meaty texture, swordfish can be a steak-like option for a burger.

  5. Tilapia: This mild-tasting fish is another popular option for fish burgers. Its subtle flavor pairs nicely with bold spices.

  6. Crab: For a different take, try using crab meat to form patties for a decadent crab cake burger.

When substituting salmon with another type of fish, consider the following:

  • Flakiness: Some fish, like cod or tilapia, are more flaky and might require extra binders, such as more breadcrumbs or another egg, to hold the patties together.

  • Cooking Time: Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness and density of the fish you choose.

  • Flavors: Match the fish with complementary flavors and seasonings. Milder fish might need an extra boost of spices or herbs to enhance their taste.

Remember to choose fish that is fresh or of good quality for the best results, and enjoy crafting your unique fish burger creation!

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