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easy Salmon Burger with tartar sauce

Make this delicious pan-fried salmon burger, it's as easy to make as it is delicious!

Succulent patties of seasoned salmon are tucked into soft, fluffy buns with crisp lettuce and tartar sauce.

Easy salmon burger with tartar sauce
  • It's light, fresh and really delightful way to prepare salmon!
  • They are rich in flavor letting the salmon flavor shine.
  • They are made with real fresh (or frozen) salmon fillets.
  • Salmon is lean and rich in proteins.
  • The hamburger patties can be made and refrigerated for up to a day in advance.
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Ingredients for salmon burgers

Salmon: Fresh or frozen salmon fillets are great for salmon burgers. Canned salmon works well too, but check for small “bones” and drain thoroughly.

Bread crumbs: In this recipe I use breadcrumbs to help bind the ingredients together. Use plain or seasoned panko breadcrumbs or make your own.

Seasonings: I love using Dijon mustard, a little lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, and garlic powder to give these salmon burgers a tangy, slightly spicy flavor.


  • Add some diced red peppers or chopped zucchini for a pop of color and extra moisture.
  • Add some fresh dill or other herbs, a homemade lemon pepper seasoning, or even lemon zest.
  • Add a little grated parmesan or cheddar cheese for extra richness.

How to prepare salmon burgers

Salmon burgers can be made into a full-sized burger patty or shaped into sliders!

  1. Blend 1/3 of the salmon with the seasonings in a food processor until smooth (but not mushy).
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the remaining salmon, parsley, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. (recipe below).
  3. Form meatballs with the mixture and leave to cool.
  4. Fry the salmon burgers in a pan in oil until golden brown.

Assemble salmon burgers with lettuce and tartar sauce between burger buns.

While the salmon burgers are cooling, butter and toast the cut sides of the hamburger buns in the skillet while they are still hot.

Salmon burger toppings

Salmon burger with lettuce

Save the salmon burgers

Store leftover salmon burgers separately from the buns in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the microwave, then crisp them up again in a nonstick pan or reheat them in the air fryer.

Once cooled, freeze the salmon burgers between pieces of parchment paper in a zip-top bag for up to 3 months.

Summer is made for salmon!

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Salmon burgers

Salmon burgers are the perfect option for those who want a light and tasty meal.

Preparation time 15 minutes

Time to cook 20 minutes

Relaxation moment 30 minutes

Total time 1 Now 5 minutes

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  • Cut the salmon into ¼-inch pieces. Place ⅓ of the salmon in the bowl of a food processor with the mustard, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, and garlic powder. Blend until the mixture is almost smooth and well blended.

  • Transfer salmon mixture to a medium bowl. Add the remaining minced salmon, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine.

  • Wet your hands with water and gently form the salmon into four 4-inch-wide patties. Arrange the meatballs on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the meatballs and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.

  • To serve, top each sandwich with tartar sauce, lettuce and a salmon patty.

Leftover salmon patties can be stored (separately from the rolls) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Reheat in a pan on the stovetop or in the air fryer.

Calories: 440 | Carbohydrates: 32G | Protein: 29G | Fat: 21G | Saturated fats: 3G | Polyunsaturated fats: 7G | Monounsaturated fat: 9G | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 2G | Sugar: 5G | Vitamin A: 1263UI | C vitamin: 6mg | Soccer: 115mg | Iron: 4mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and may vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, First course, Fish, Lunch, Sandwich, Seafood
Kitchen American
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