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.
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.
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!
- 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
- lettuce, tomato, onion
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove from heat and place on bun, adding desired toppings.
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.
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.