Delicious Salmon Burgers with a creamy dill sauce are easy to make with canned salmon and several other simple ingredients. Flavorful, healthy, and high protein, this salmon burger recipe is sure to become a household favorite.
Today, I’ve got an easy, flavorful, nutritious salmon recipe for you that can be ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes. Perfect for lunch or an easy dinner. And guess what? It all starts with a can of salmon.
I know that many of you aren’t too sure about canned salmon. When I posted my Salmon 101 video, I received quite a few emails about the skins and bones found in canned salmon. This minor factor really seems to gross people out.
Canned salmon is one of the most economical ways to incorporate wild salmon into your diet and these salmon burgers are a great way to make one can of salmon go a long way!
But here’s the deal.
Other than the fact the bones are super nutritious (packed with calcium), they are also very soft. If you take one between your two fingers and press, you will see that the bone pretty much turns into powder. This may sound a little weird, but once the bones are “crushed”, you won’t even know they’re in there. However, if the bones really bother you, simply remove them from the salmon and discard.
Ingredients needed for salmon burgers
With the use of canned salmon, you can easily add wild salmon into your diet without breaking the bank! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Canned salmon – You’ll find the same nutrients in canned salmon as in fresh salmon. Also, with canned salmon, there’s no need to separately cook the salmon before adding it to the salmon patty mixture.
- Flavor makers – To give your salmon burgers incredible flavor, we’re using a simple mix of red onion, red bell pepper, fresh dill, lemon zest and juice, and cayenne pepper.
- Binders – The combination of egg whites and oat flour act as a binder, so that all of the ingredients are easy to form into burger patties.
How to make salmon burgers with canned salmon
First, if you’re making the dill sauce, stir that together in a small bowl and set aside until you’re ready to assemble your burger.
Next, combine all of the salmon patty ingredients in a mixing bowl, and then form 4 salmon patties.
Cook patties in a nonstick pan over medium heat, about 4 minutes on each side.
While the patties are cooking, you can prepare the buns and any other ingredients you want to add to your salmon burgers. So quick + easy!
Customize your salmon burgers
The options are endless in terms of toppings, so feel free to add things you like!
- We love the dill sauce on these burgers, but feel free to add another sauce or a dollop of guacamole.
- Top your burger with extra veggies like fresh, juicy tomato slices and/or sliced red onion.
- Add caramelized or pickled onions for a different flavor.
How to serve salmon burgers
Once you’ve got your salmon patties cooked, you can serve them several different ways.
- On a bun, burger style. Add arugula or another fresh green and any other favorite burger toppings. You can keep it simple and just add a bit of mayo or mustard. Or better yet, the creamy dill sauce.
- On their own, with a big dollop of dill sauce or Greek yogurt and alongside some tasty sides or a fresh green salad.
- Over fresh greens, salad style. Salmon patties pair really well with most types of fresh green salads. You could even use a little almond milk to thin out the dill sauce to make a dressing or use another preferred dressing or just a drizzle of olive oil.
Make-ahead + storage tips
- Make ahead – Mix the ingredients and form the salmon patties up to 1 day in advance, and store in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator. You can also prepare the creamy dill sauce up to 1 day in advance and store it in a separate airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Storing leftovers – Refrigerate all components separately in airtight storage containers for up to 3 to 4 days.
- To reheat – Salmon patties can be reheated in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat. You can also heat the salmon patties in the microwave or toaster oven.
- To freeze – Cooked or uncooked salmon patties will freeze well for up to 3 months. Wrap each patty, individually and then place them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat or cook.
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For the dill sauce
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 2 tbsp chopped dill
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
For the salmon burgers
- 1 14.75 ounce can of wild salmon*
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup diced red pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped dill packed
- Zest from one lemon
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 egg whites
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 sprouted english muffins I used Ezekiel
Creamy Dill Sauce
- Combine all ingredients for dill sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Combine salmon, onion, red pepper, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg whites, and oat flour in a large bowl. Season with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
- Use your hands to shape four burger patties (your burgers should be about four ounces each).
- Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and cook the burgers for four minutes on each side or until browned and crisp on the edges and heated all the way through.
- While your burger is cooking, toast up your english muffins and layer the bottom half of each with a handful of arugula.
- Place cooked salmon burger on top of the arugula then top with 2 tbsp of dill sauce before popping on the lid. Enjoy!
- Makes 4 servings.