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Salmon burgers made with a few ingredients and served with tartar sauce and lettuce
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Salmon Burgers

Salmon burgers make a great alternative to beef burgers. Made with only a few ingredients, they're nutrient-dense, protein-packed & fun for summer grilling!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Servings 4 servings
Calories 304kcal
Author Yumna Jawad



  • Cut the salmon into large chunks, and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and lemon zest and blend, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary, until mixture becomes pasty.
  • Fold in the scallions and breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Shape into four burger patties.
  • Heat olive oil on medium heat on a large nonstick skillet with olive oil. Cook the salmon burgers for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turning once.
  • Serve on burger buns with tartar sauce and lettuce, if desired.



Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 4 days in the fridge.
Freezing Instructions: You can also freeze patties before or after cooking for up to 3 months. To freeze, stack them between wax or parchment paper in a freezer-safe container. Alternatively, you can freeze them on a baking sheet, then place them all together in a ziplock bag. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stovetop or microwave.
Equipment: I use the Kitchen Aid 7-Cup Food processor to make the salmon patties. It has a high and low pulse speed so you can blend the salmon well to stay put when forming the patties.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of mayonnaise, you can use sour cream or one egg. I haven't tried either of them, but they will help serve the purpose of the mayonnaise, which is to bind the patty.
  • Instead of breadcrumbs, you can use all-purpose flour. 
  • To make it gluten-free, you can use quick oats, almond flour or panko breadcrumbs.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg