Salmon Burgers With Canned Salmon

SALMON BURGERS WITH CANNED SALMON

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These crave-worthy salmon burgers with canned salmon are the ultimate easy meal! With the convenience of canned salmon, they offer a quick and budget-friendly alternative to traditional salmon burgers without compromising on taste or nutrition. Featuring the perfect blend of herbs and spices, these salmon burgers are elevated to perfection when paired with our homemade tartar sauce! Our tartar sauce has a creamy texture and zesty flavor profile. It creates the perfect balance of tanginess and freshness that enhances the savory goodness of the salmon burgers.

Why You Will Love Salmon Burgers

  • These salmon burgers are easy to make with canned salmon.
  • They turn out juicy and incredibly flavorful.
  • You can uplevel canned salmon into these delicious salmon patties.
  • We made an incredible homemade tartar sauce to go on the salmon burgers.
  • They are easy to prepare as you just have to drain the canned salmon and mix it with the rest of the ingredients, rather than cooking fresh salmon fillets from scratch.
  • Canned salmon is convenient to have on hand and you can quickly make these salmon burgers anytime.
  • These salmon burgers are packed with so much flavor!

What Are Salmon Burgers?

Salmon burgers are a type of burger where the main ingredient is salmon, instead of beef, turkey, or other meats typically used in burgers. We made these salmon burgers using canned salmon! They are incredibly juicy, flavorful, and delicious. We added green onions, dill, and old bay seasoning for even more flavor. The mixture is combined and shaped into patties. Then, the patties are baked in the oven. After that, the salmon patties can be served on buns, like traditional burgers, and topped with our homemade tartar sauce!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for canned salmon burgers
  • Canned Salmon: Use two cans of boneless, skinless wild pink salmon with no salt added. Drain the canned salmon and use it to make the salmon patties.
  • Egg: An egg helps bind the salmon patties.
  • Green Onions: Slice green onions and use the green parts only. They add so much flavor to the salmon patties.
  • Dill: Add fresh chopped dill for flavor.
  • Panko: Use Panko breadcrumbs for this recipe.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season the salmon patties with salt and pepper.
  • Old Bay Seasoning: Add old bay seasoning to the patties for another layer of flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Add fresh lemon juice.
  • Tartar Sauce: Make our homemade tartar sauce with Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, pickle relish, capers, salt, green onions, and dill.
  • Buns: Use your favorite burger buns or low-carb option for these salmon burgers.

What Canned Salmon To Use

These salmon burgers are made using canned salmon! Use canned wild pink salmon that is boneless and skinless. Also, ensure there is no salt added. If your canned salmon contains salt, remove the salt from this recipe.

How To Make Salmon Burgers With Canned Salmon

Step 1: Drain the canned salmon. Then, place it in a large bowl.

Step 2: Add the egg, sliced green onions, chopped fresh dill, Panko, salt, pepper, old bay seasoning, and lemon juice to the bowl with the salmon.

Salmon burger ingredients in bowl

Step 3: Then, mix all the ingredients in the bowl. Ensure they are well combined.

Mixed salmon burgers

Step 4: Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, and shape each into a patty. Squish the mixture together to form a ball. Each patty is slightly less than 1/2 cup in size.

Then, lightly press down the patty and use your other hand to keep it formed.

Step 5: Place the patties on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Then, bake them in the oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes.

Step 6: While the patties cook, make the homemade tartar sauce. Thoroughly mix the 0-fat Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, pickle relish, finely chopped drained capers, salt, sliced green onions, and chopped fresh dill.

Step 7: Once the patties are cooked, let them slightly cool. Then, assemble the salmon burgers. Add a cooked salmon patty to each burger bun, top with tartar sauce, and enjoy!

How To Cook Salmon Patties

You can cook the salmon patties for this recipe in many different ways. We baked the salmon patties, but you can choose one of the methods below.

  • Bake: Place the salmon patties on a sheet pan with parchment paper and bake them at 375°F for 15-20 minutes.
  • Air-Fry: You can air fry the salmon patties at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  • In A Pan: Cook the salmon patties in a pan on the stove over medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked.
  • On The Grill: You can cook the salmon patties on the grill for a few minutes on each side or until fully cooked through.

What To Serve With Salmon Burgers

Serve the cooked salmon patties on a burger bun of your choice. Some options are a brioche bun, whole-grain bun, low-carb bun, or lettuce bun. To make a lettuce bun, use large lettuce leaves and wrap the salmon patty. Or, serve the salmon patty on a bed of mixed salad greens or spinach for a lighter option. Add tartar sauce to your salmon patty or burger and enjoy! You can enjoy these salmon burgers on their own or serve them alongside a side salad, coleslaw, roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit salsa, or roasted corn on the cob.

Expert Tips

  • Use Boneless Salmon: Make sure to use boneless and skinless salmon so you don’t have to remove the bones yourself.
  • Use Wild Canned Salmon With No Added Salt: Make sure to use wild canned pink salmon with no salt added. If your salmon has salt added, omit the salt from this recipe.
  • Drain The Canned Salmon: Drain all the liquid from the canned salmon before adding it to a bowl.
  • Fresh Lemon: Use fresh lemon juice in the patties for the best flavor.
  • Green Parts Of Onions: Only use the green parts of the sliced green onions for the patties and tartar sauce.
  • Use Fresh Dill: Chop fresh dill for this recipe. It adds incredible flavor to the salmon patties and uplevels them.
  • Mix The Sauce: Thoroughly mix the tartar sauce to combine all the ingredients.

Storage Instructions

You can store leftover cooked salmon patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Store the tartar sauce in a separate airtight container or jar for 2-3 days. Reheat the salmon patties in the oven or air fryer until warm and assemble the burgers when ready to serve.

Variations

  • Toast The Burger Bun: You can toast the burger bun in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes to warm it up and make it slightly crispy.
  • Make Tartar Sauce: Our homemade tartar sauce is absolutely delicious on these burgers and brings them to the next level. You can omit the mayonnaise from the tartar sauce and just use Greek yogurt if you prefer.
  • Toppings For Salmon Burgers: You can add additional toppings to your salmon burgers such as our homemade tartar sauce, sliced avocado, coleslaw, or lettuce.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do Salmon Burgers Last?

Enjoy assembled salmon burgers fresh after making them. Leftover cooked salmon patties will last up to four days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The tartar sauce will last up to three days when stored in a separate container in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Salmon Patties?

You can freeze salmon patties, cooked or uncooked, for later use. Wrap them individually to prevent freezer burn, then store them in a freezer-safe bag or container for 2-3 months. When ready to eat the cooked patties, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat them in the oven, air fryer, or pan until thoroughly heated. If the salmon patties are uncooked, defrost them overnight in the refrigerator and then bake them in the oven. After that, serve them as salmon burgers with your preferred bun and our homemade tartar sauce.

Are Salmon Burgers Healthy?

Salmon burgers are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and contains vitamins and minerals. Also, we made a lightened-up tartar sauce to go on the salmon burgers. The base of the tartar sauce is Greek yogurt, and we added minimal mayo. Also, there is no olive oil needed for this recipe. In addition, you can opt for a low-carb bun or use lettuce as the bun for a lighter and even healthier option. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these delicious burgers!

How Do You Keep Salmon Patties From Falling Apart?

To prevent salmon patties from falling apart ensure the mixture is well combined. When shaping the patties, press the mixture into a ball and lightly press down with one hand while keeping the patty formed with your other hand. If necessary, reform the patties. Also, press the mixture together before forming the patties so they don’t fall apart.

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SALMON BURGERS WITH CANNED SALMON

Recipe by Shawna
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

169

kcal

These crave-worthy salmon burgers with canned salmon are the ultimate easy meal! They are elevated to perfection and served with our homemade tartar sauce.

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Ingredients

  • For The Salmon Patties
  • 2, 6 oz cans of boneless, skinless wild pink salmon, with no salt added (12 oz total)

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tablespoons green onions, use the green part only

  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill

  • 1/4 CUP Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon old bay seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • For The Tartar Sauce
  • 3/4 CUP 0-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise, optional

  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped capers, drained

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons green onions, sliced, green parts only

  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill

Directions

  • Drain the canned salmon. Then, place it in a large bowl.
  • Add the egg, sliced green onions, chopped fresh dill, Panko, salt, pepper, old bay seasoning, and lemon juice to the bowl with the canned salmon.
  • Mix all the ingredients in the bowl until well combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, and shape each into a patty. This recipe makes four patties, each slightly less than 1/2 cup in size. Squish the mixture together to form a ball. Then, lightly press down the patty with one hand and use your other hand to keep it formed. Make sure the patties don’t fall apart, reform them as necessary. Each patty should be about 1/2 inch in thickness.
  • Place the patties on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Then, bake them in the oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes, until fully cooked.
  • While the patties cook, make the homemade tartar sauce. Thoroughly mix the 0-fat Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, pickle relish, finely chopped drained capers, salt, sliced green onions, and chopped fresh dill.
  • Once the patties are cooked, let them slightly cool and assemble the burgers. Add a cooked salmon patty to each burger bun, top with tartar sauce, and enjoy!

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • If your canned salmon has added salt, omit the salt from this recipe.
  • The WW points and calories include the salmon patties and tartar sauce but do not include the burger bun.
  • WW Points™: 1 point per serving
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  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories169
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7.7g 11%
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g 5%
  • Cholesterol 63mg 21%
  • Sodium 594mg 25%
  • Potassium 76mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 7.8g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.7g 0%
    • Sugars 4.5g
  • Protein 18.6g 36%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    6 Comments

    1. Rick Gorski

      I’ve been making salmon patties for years.
      never heard of no salt added to caned salmon.

      • The canned salmon we used had no salt added. However, you can still make this recipe even if your canned salmon has added salt. Just omit the additional salt from the recipe. I hope you enjoy the salmon burgers!

    2. Can this be air fried? If yes, what temp & how long? Thanks in advance.

      • Hello, yes! These salmon patties can be air fried! Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Then, air fry them at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, or until fully cooked, flipping the patties halfway so they cook evenly. You may need to cook the patties in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer basket. I hope you enjoy these salmon burgers, please let me know how it goes!

    3. The can salmon is 5oz can. can I use 10oz for recipe?

      • Hi Paula, that should work great! If your canned salmon is only 5 oz each you can use the 10 oz total and it will still work fine. However, the patties will be slightly smaller. I hope you enjoy the salmon burgers!

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