Recipe: Salmon Burgers

by Cate on March 23, 2011

Dig InTo say that I’m a late adopter to all things salmon would be an understatement.  If you’re a regular reader, you’ve heard about my relationship with salmon before.  Growing up, my mom made this amazing creamy risotto type dish with salmon and that was the only way I would eat it.  Any other way?  Ick with a capital I.  And, ahem, I haven’t had that dish in years, hint, hint.

But then a few years ago, on a whim I made a smoked salmon pizza, and was smitten.  In fact, it quickly became a favorite during our dinners with The Neighbors.  And then I discovered a smoked salmon spread, which has been a staple on many Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve dinners in our family, and appeared at our New Years’ Eve Seafood Feasts ever since.

So while I have not completely embraced a love of salmon, I have waded in its waters, so to speak.

As I focus more and more on my health, I can’t deny how good salmon is for me.  For you.  For all of us.  It’s a good fat, and a small 4 oz serving provides your entire daily vitamin D requirements.  That same 4 ounces will also give you half of your daily needs of vitamin b12, niacin and selenium.  And let’s not overlook the b6, omega-3 fats and magnesium it has as well.  And if it’s the canned version you’re eating?  Extra calcium to boot.  It’s hard to ignore such a super food all-star.

A few weeks back, my old trainer, Michael, posted a video of a lunch he made using canned salmon.  And then all the sudden, I had to have it.  I’m quite hot and cold like that.  One day, I won’t eat something, and then the next, I can’t get enough.  I bought a few cans of salmon (wild only, please) at the grocery store the next day.  That following weekend, I happened to be at Trader Joe’s, and their cans of wild salmon were nearly a dollar cheaper.  Three more cans followed me home.

But now what to do with all my canned salmon?  Although Michael had mixed his with a bit of mustard and just topped some leftover vegetables with it, I went a different route today.  Salmon Burgers.  Oh yeah baby.

And nearly completely clean eating ones at that.  Some whole wheat bread crumbs, an egg, a few herbs and spices, Dijon, low-fat mayo… once done, I put it inside a whole wheat sandwich thin that had smooshed avocado on it, a little zip of horseradish sauce, and lunch was served.  No fishy taste.  No guilt.  Full-on flavor and a total nutrient packed meal.

YuckI have no idea what these little bits are (bones? cartilage?), but I picked them out when I drained my salmon. Whatever they were, they were hard.

The recipe I wrote will make you three salmon burgers, so if you’re not sharing, freeze them or use them for quick lunches later in the week.  Whether you’re a latecomer to the salmon bandwagon like me, or have loved it from the first moment, try these on for size.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed one bit.

Ready to Get Golden


Have a favorite use for canned salmon?  Me and the remaining cans in my pantry would love to hear about it!

Aerial Shot of Salmon Burger

Behind the ScenesThe behind-the-scenes shot

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Project 365
March 23, 2011, Photo #80 and a few bonus shots

Raiding Mom's ClosetKids had a snow day today. No joke. It was 71 on Friday, and today a snow day. Already a delayed opening for tomorrow. Sigh. This afternoon, I heard the kids rummaging around upstairs in my closet, but since they were getting along and quiet, I left them alone. Apparently there was a bit of dress-up going on.

Stylin' and Profilin'Cutest little munchkin I ever did see.

Mutt and JeffJamie was over tonight and brought her dog, Jack. Mutt and Jeff indeed.

JamieTonight we had a good-bye dinner for Jamie, as she is moving this week. To Pennsylvania. Two hours away from us. In the two years that we’ve known her, she has gone from being in school getting her Master’s in Education and living with three roommates … to graduating, meeting someone, falling in love, getting engaged, buying a house and moving out of state! It’s been a good two years for her (and us!) and although we’re sorry to see her go, luckily it’s not too far away. Her new home is 30 minutes from Hershey Park, and goodness knows, we like to visit Hershey! Our baby bird is leaving the nest, but we know she’s in capable hands, and will always be a part of our family.

Salmon Burgers
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

1 can (15 oz) wild salmon, drained and picked through
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 egg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt-free Mrs. Dash garlic and herbs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon low-fat mayo
1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine all above ingredients until well mixed.  Form into three patties and coat with additional bread crumbs.  Cook in a pan with oil for about 4-5 minutes on each side.  Serve on whole-grain rolls.

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Sarah Caron March 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Yum! Those look so good. I make some salmon patties sans breadcrumbs that everyone in the family (except Shawn, who is a seafood hater) loves. Try them sometime!


claire March 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Yum, yum, yum!!! I need to get some canned salmon. Forget about that. Gonna be making this soon!


Joanne March 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

I used to not eat fish at all up until about three years ago and then for some reason or another, I think I was on a med school interview and they took us out to a seafood restaurant, I tried salmon. And the heavens opened up. and now it’s my favorite fish (although I have expanded to eating basically any fish you’ll put in front of me!). These patties sound delicious!


Debbie March 24, 2011 at 6:43 am

I love salmon and salmon burgers. I’m going to try your recipe. Thanks!!!


Ramona March 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

We luv salmon patties!


Laura March 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

We crush the little bones into the mix….they are very good for you!


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