Salmon Burgers Recipe

When you think of a burger, images of a beef patty may come to mind, and with good reason. While the U.S. doesn't technically have an official national dish, World Atlas notes that many people consider a classic hamburger to be the quintessential American dish. And, what is the key ingredient of a hamburger? A beef patty! That being said, there's no stopping what we'll cook up and throw in between two buns — from turkey burgers to lamb burgers, it's easy to get creative and veer away from the classics. Recipe developer Ting Dalton knows how to get creative in the kitchen, and she proves that fact with her salmon burgers recipe. "If you're looking for a healthy alternative to beef burgers, or want something a little lighter, these salmon burgers are not only really tasty, but super easy to make," Dalton says of her fish-based recipe.

Not only are these salmon burgers nutritious, but they offer some truly refreshing flavors. "I love these salmon burgers [because] they're really fresh and light to eat and a great way for my kids to enjoy fish," Dalton says, noting that they're also pretty easy to make. The next time you want to make burgers for dinner, consider giving this salmon-based recipe a try — it may just become a huge hit in your household!

Gather the ingredients for salmon burgers

For this recipe, you'll need skinless salmon, breadcrumbs, an egg white, chopped green onion, chopped fresh basil, the juice of one lemon, vegetable oil, brioche buns, and some salt and pepper, to taste. "You can use any type of breadcrumbs, just blitz up stale bread," Dalton notes.

Blitz the ingredients in a food processor

Grab your food processor and add in the salmon chunks, breadcrumbs, egg white, lemon juice, green onion, and basil. Pulse these ingredients together until they're combined, but make sure you don't blitz them too much. "You don't want to blitz the salmon so it becomes puree-like, you just want to pulse until all the ingredients are combined," Dalton explains. Finally, add in your salt and pepper — Dalton recommends 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper — and give everything a quick and final blitz.

Form the salmon patties

Using your hands, form the salmon mixture into patties, then place each one onto a parchment-lined plate. You should have enough salmon mixture to form four patties. Now, transfer the patties to the fridge and allow them to chill for at least 30 minutes. "You can make these ahead of time, they will firm up nicely in the fridge overnight," Dalton notes. So, you can get the prep out of the way the day before and simply take the patties out of the fridge when you're ready to cook!

Cook the salmon patties on the stove top

Take the patties out of the fridge and get the oil heating on a nonstick skillet. Place the salmon patties into the skillet and allow them to cook for about 3 minutes on each side. You'll know that the patties are ready when they develop a golden-brown crust — you can also check for an internal temperature of 145 F to be sure.

Alternatively, you can cook these burgers on a grill instead of in a skillet. Dalton advises that you make sure the grill is well-oiled, otherwise the patties will stick and fall apart.

Assemble the salmon burgers and enjoy

Grab the brioche buns and begin assembling the salmon burgers. Dalton recommends serving these salmon burgers with mayonnaise and lettuce, but you can add on any toppings you'd like. Much like a beef burger, we think these salmon burgers would pair well with a side of french fries, onion rings, or a side salad to keep things light. 

Dalton notes that you can make these salmon patties and freeze them for up to three months. When you're ready to cook, defrost the patties and cook them as normal, or heat them up in the oven. Whichever way you enjoy these burgers, you'll relish in the refreshing, juicy flavors of salmon, lemon, and basil!

Salmon Burgers Recipe
5 from 44 ratings
Lighten up your traditional beef hamburger with this refreshing and flavorful recipe for salmon burgers — it's easy to make, and can be prepped in advance.
Prep Time
Cook Time
salmon burgers on cutting board
Total time: 20 minutes
  • 1 pound skinless salmon, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 free-range egg white
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, for frying
Optional Ingredients
  • 4 brioche buns, for serving
  • lettuce, for serving
  • mayonnaise, for serving
  1. Put the salmon, breadcrumbs, egg white, lemon juice, green onions, and basil into a food processor and pulse until combined, but not puréed, then season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Divide the mixture into four portions and shape each portion into a burger shape. Put the patties on a plate and chill them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet, then add the burgers and fry them for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown all over and cooked through.
  4. Serve the burgers on brioche buns with fresh lettuce and mayonnaise.
Calories per Serving 378
Total Fat 24.8 g
Saturated Fat 4.2 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 62.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 12.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 1.4 g
Sodium 387.4 mg
Protein 26.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Rate this recipe