Simply Smokin’ Salmon Burger


In keeping with the theme of super budget-friendly recipes this month, I was thrilled to find a great deal on fresh Atlantic Salmon.  I got it for $5.99/lb compared to it’s usual price of $10.99/lb.  That is cause for some serious salmon buying, right?  Well, I bought 5 lbs so I’ve got a lot of cooking to do!

This recipe for salmon burgers requires only one pound for 4 burgers so it’s a great deal.  There are a fairly large number of ingredients in this recipe but if you cook healthily on a regular basis, you should have most of them in your cupboard and fridge.  My secret ingredient? – smoked salmon!  Now I know this is a love/hate kind of food but if you love it, I promise it adds an extra kick to the burger along with the regular salmon.  If you don’t, it’s still a fabulous burger without it. Personally, I could eat salmon 3 times a week.   I just might be doing that if I can find this sale again.

 For something a little different I roasted some sunflower seeds and added them to one side of the burger.  You know I always love a little crunch in my meal and this was no exception.

I couldn’t decide what toppings to use so I created 3 options.  Firstly, the standard tomato, onion,  and lettuce – everyone’s favourite.  I also made a tomato/caper relish which turned out to be the perfect compliment to the burger.  Lastly, I whipped up a yogurt aioli that is a healthy alternative to mayo and I loved the final product.  The relish and the aioli both used capers which allowed me to use up the capers I bought for the marinara sauce I made recently.  When I was done cooking and shooting the pics, I used all three on one burger and it was fantastic!  Although, now when I think of it, I guess it pushed me over a reasonable calorie count, lol.

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If you are wanting to keep it healthy, stick to a whole wheat bun and leave that horrid mayo in the fridge.  Besides, it just ruins a beautiful fish.

I have to confess, despite being a huge fan of salmon, I had never had a salmon burger before and had certainly never made one but I was thrilled with the resulting flavours of this experiment.

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Salmon is loaded with protein and the two blockbuster Omega 3’s – DHA and EPA – that makes us happy, smart and pain-free.  As the body cannot manufacture Omega 3`s, the best way for us to obtain them is through the food we eat.   Eating salmon  also contributes to better cardiovascular health, protects your eyes and is a great source of Vitamin D.

I would be interested to know how many folks include salmon recipes in their regular meal rotations.  If you are someone who does not eat salmon,  would a scrumptious burger entice you?

Here’s to healthy, happy eating – Cheers!

Simply Smokin’ Salmon Burger
Author: Robyn @
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  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen salmon fillet – chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 oz. smoked salmon – torn into bite sized pieces (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach – chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salt free sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil preferably sunflower, saffron or grapeseed oil for high heat cooking (but not mandatory)
  • 4 Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Toppings:
  • lettuce, tomato, onion
  1. Combine all ingredients, except sunflower seeds, and form 4 round patties. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on one side of each patty, pressing slightly to ensure they stay on. Don’t handle the mixture too much as fish can easily grow tough.
  2. Heat cooking oil on medium high heat in a large skillet and add salmon patties. Cook about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
  3. Remove from heat and place on bun, adding desired toppings.


 Tomato/Caper Relish

1 large tomato, chopped; 1 clove garlic, zest from on orange, 8 olives, rinsed and chopped; 1 teaspoon capers or caper berries, chopped; 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped; splash of EVOO, and salt and pepper to taste.  Combine ingredients and serve.

Yogurt Aioli

3/4 cup yogurt, 3 teaspoons capers, chopped; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 3 tablespoons dill, chopped; 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon pepper.  Combine ingredients and serve.


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    January 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    These look fantastic! I recently made salmon patties and I couldn’t believe that my family ate them like that. Normally they’d never eat fish when it looks like fish! Anytime I can get fish into them is great! I think they’ll eat them if I tell them they’re salmon “burgers”!

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      January 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      It’s always a challenge to find ways to disguise fish, lol. But a burger is a burger and I bet it works! Good luck!

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    January 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    oh my, this looks absolutely amazing!!! I love salmon patties but hate to fry them, can they be baked in the oven?

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    January 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I suppose you could bake them but I think they might dry out before they’re cooked all the way through and they definitely wouldn’t get that golden look. I’ll try one the next time I make them and let you know how they turn out. I suppose if you made them thinner it would help. Thanks for your kind words, Antoinette!

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    January 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    YUM!!! Can I please some over for supper 🙂 I have never had a salmon burger and after seeing yours I know I MUST try one. Another great recipe, sweet Robyn! Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

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      January 25, 2014 at 9:41 am

      As long as you bring that fantastic Blueberry Cobbler! lol. Thanks so much, Stephanie. You are too sweet. Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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    January 25, 2014 at 1:50 am

    As a Pacific NW girl I love salmon and keep variations in our menu. I love to make salmon burgers and will try your toppings. I find the patties freeze well so usually make a large batch. Happy weekend friend!

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      January 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

      I always have salmon and shrimp in my freezer too, Mindy. I can’t believe I’ve never tried a burger! have a great weekend. Always so happy to have you visit.

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    Nicole @ Mendez Manor
    January 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Wow these look so good! I’ll be tweeting this out! Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Wind-Down party! 🙂

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      January 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks, Nicole. Always enjoy the fun on the weekend at your blog.

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    Bam's Kitchen
    January 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Stunning Salmon burger Robyn. Great deal on salmon and looking forward to lots more salmon recipes from you. I think I could eat it 3 times a week too!

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      January 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      You are too sweet, Bobbi! Next I’m going to put a Greek salad on the salmon and then toss it in the oven, lol. We’ll see what comes out! Thanks for your visit. I always value your input.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    January 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    This looks like the perfect weeknight meal! I love a good burger and it is even better when it is salmon!

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      January 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Agreed, Ashley. There’s something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a burger that you know is not laden with fatty calories! Thanks for stopping by.

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    January 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    My goodness, Robyn, this sounds amazing… and looks it too! I used to love veggie burgers that had sunflower seeds in them and have honestly never had those in any other burger. Would LOVE to give this a try soon. I’ll be on the lookout for smoked salmon this week!

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      January 27, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Thanks so much, Jelli! I love them on veggie burgers too. Thanks for the visit-love your beautiful blog!

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    January 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Another great recipe! It definitely helps when you can get a good deal on anything! I love salmon, without the mayo and I can’t wait to cook this up!

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      January 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Thanks, Sami. Always nice to have a visit from you.

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    January 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    It looks fantastic! I do love salmon, but, I must confess I had never thought about it as a burguer!
    Have a nice week, dear Robyn!
    Here it keeps raining.

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    January 28, 2014 at 3:23 am

    This is the best salmon burger recipe I have seen. I am going to prepare this for my husband. We used to have salmon once a week and he got weary of it but this is a great way as others have said to disguise it.

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      January 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Your kind words never fail to make my day! I hope hubby likes this!

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    Kate Veggie Desserts
    January 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Ooooh, that looks absolutely lovely! And beautiful photographs.

    Just visiting from Table For Seven’s Share Your Stuff Tuesdays.

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      January 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate. And thank you for your visit!

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    January 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I’m going to have to try this! Everything you make sounds so healthy and yummy,
    Thank you for sharing this.

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      January 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Oh, you’re so sweet, Mary. Thanks for popping by!

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    January 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Sounds and looks good! I could go for one right now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the hop!

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      January 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thanks, Becca! Always happy to join in.

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    Joyce @ It's Your Life
    January 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I haven’t had a salmon burger in a long time, I love you mayo substitute, pinned to my everything yummy board. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays.

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    January 31, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Yum! x

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    Miz Helen
    February 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    We will just love your Salmon Burger, it looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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      February 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

      You are too sweet, Miz Helen, thank you so much! See you again on Thursday!

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    Miz Helen
    February 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
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    Chrystal @ YUM eating
    August 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I love salmon and salmon burgers. Sadly, I am the only person in my house who does. Thanks for linking at #stoptheyuck and I hope to see you again this week.
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