In my never-ending search for meals quick enough for a weeknight, but different enough not to bore our taste buds, I stumbled across this lovely recipe.  Of course I have seen salmon burgers plenty of times before, though I’m not sure I had ever tasted one.  I like salmon and I like burgers so this sounded great to me.

Some fish can be quite delicate and I was a bit concerned that these patties would fall apart during the transfer or cooking process, but I was pleasantly surprised.  They held their shape perfectly and cooked through very well without falling apart.  I threw together a cilantro mayo and along with the fresh lettuce, tomato and onion on top, this burger was dressed just right.  The flavor was well balanced so that you could taste the salmon but it wasn’t too fishy.  Next time I may try mixing a few chopped green onions into the burger mixture to add another dimension of flavor.  We’ll certainly be having these again!

  • Yield makes four burgers


½ cup red bell pepper, diced
6 tbsp. panko bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 lb. salmon fillets, skinned, boned and finely chopped
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1½ tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. salt
1-2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil

For the cilantro mayo:
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ cup mayo
½ cup cilantro
Dash of cayenne pepper
Squeeze of lemon juice

For serving:
Burger buns
Green lettuce
Sliced red onion
Sliced tomatoes


  • 01

    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the diced bell pepper, panko, garlic and salmon.  In a small bowl combine the egg white, soy sauce, lemon juice and salt.  Add the liquid mixture to the bowl with the salmon and toss gently until well incorporated.  Form the mixture into four equal patties.

  • 02

    To make the cilantro may, combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.  Process until well combined and smooth.

  • 03

    Lightly coat a grill pan or skillet with 1 tablespoon of the oil.  Heat over medium-high heat until hot.  Cook the patties about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.

  • 04

    Place the burgers on the buns, spreading one side of the bun with the cilantro mayo.  Top as desired with lettuce, onion and tomato.