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salmon burger on a bun topped with tomato, lettuce, guacamole

Salmon Burger Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Bright, fresh, and flavorful, homemade salmon burgers are simply divine! These burgers are easy to make and cooked to perfection.
Step-by-step photos can be seen below the recipe card.
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  • pounds skinless, boneless salmon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • cups Panko breadcrumbs divided
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (¼ stick)
  • Lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and hot sauce for serving


  • Cut half of the salmon into large chunks, and place into the bowl of a food processor. Add the lemon juice, mayonnaise, and mustard. Process into a paste.
    1½ pounds skinless, boneless salmon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    salmon paste in a food processor bowl
  • Dice the remaining salmon and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the green onions, ¼ cup of breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and salmon paste from the food processor. Mix gently to combine.
    2 green onions, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 1¼ cups Panko breadcrumbs
    salmon burger mixture before mixing
  • Divide the mixture into four equal mounds and shape into patties. Place the patties on a plate, cover, and chill for 30 minutes (up to 2 hours).
    salmon burger patties on a white plate
  • Spread the remaining 1 cup of breadcrumbs onto a plate. Press both sides of each salmon patty in the breadcrumbs.
    salmon burger patties with breadcrumb coating on a white plate
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned. Flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, being sure not to overcook. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Serve on buns or a bed of greens with lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and hot sauce.
    Lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and hot sauce
    salmon burgers on buns



  • Properly cooked salmon burgers should register at least 145°F on an instant-read thermometer.
Storage: Store salmon burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 900mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg