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Yummy Salmon Burgers with Slaw

These salmon burgers are THE YUMMIEST! and made with just five ingredients. The best for a quick + easy high protein lunch or dinner.

I made these salmon burgers and was shocked by how good they were! Who knew you could make canned salmon so gourmet. 🙂

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This recipe is an easy weeknight fan-favorite and was originally published in 2020!

These salmon burgers. They are just so extremely good.

We’re talking crispy outsides, flaky insides, and a perfect golden color, not to mention lots of nutrition, THANK YOU SALMON.

They are also easy to make and require (usually) minimal, if not zero, grocery shopping, assuming you keep a decently stocked pantry. I love, love, love these crispy pan-fried little guys.

And as if the salmon burgers weren’t good enough already to eat on their own (which, um, they are), I need you to make this slaw to serve your salmon burgers in/on/around. It is nothing fancy – just a shredded cabbage, yogurt, herbs, garlic, and vinegar situation, but paired with the salmon burgers? The crispy-salty-tangy combo is an ON-POINT combo.

This recipe is a pantry staple dream! Here’s what you’ll need:

I really love to have these salmon burgers with a little fresh dill for the herbs for a big flavor punch. BUT you can also use 1) freeze-dried dill, which I keep in my spice collection year-round, and 2) any other fresh herb! I made a version of these with parsley and cilantro when I didn’t have any dill, and mwah. They were still totally delicious.

Dill would still be my first choice, but as with all my favorite recipes, you can play with that a little bit.

And now for the big question. Do you use canned salmon? Subtext: is it gross?

Answer: Yes, I use canned salmon, and NO, it most certainly is not gross in these salmon burgers if you are buying the right stuff.

Fresh salmon that you’ve already cooked would also work if canned salmon is too weird for you (see our how-to guide to cooking salmon). But I’d like to take a moment to assure you that it is very possible to find non-gross canned salmon if you do a little searching and are willing to spend a little extra for higher quality. I really like Wild Planet canned salmon. It is caught in Alaska, and Wild Planet prioritizes sustainability and conservation of marine ecosystems with all their products. Not sponsored, just a superfan. You can also buy it here on Amazon (affiliate link). And because it’s canned, you can just keep it in your pantry and have it at the ready whenever you need a little salmon burger happiness.

God bless pantry meals.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s not just pantry-friendly, but also omg-it’s-5pm-and-I-need-dinner-now friendly. Here’s what you’re going to do.

Ta da! You’re done.

As made abundantly clear, I love these on top of this slaw for a fresh little high-protein lunch situation, but as always, you have options!

Absolutely! But this recipe is meant to be made with cooked salmon. Just just be sure to cook and flake your salmon before mixing it all up. Don’t know how to cook salmon? We’ve got you covered!

Yup! I would probably mix and form them into patties, and then freeze. When ready to cook, you should be able to just put them right from frozen into a pan! Just let them cook a little longer so they’re hot all the way through.

These will keep for about 3 days in the fridge, and 3 months in the freezer.

Since the only raw ingredient we’re working with is egg (thank you, cooked salmon!), you should make sure these are cooked to at least 160 degrees in the middle.

Easy! Swap in the breadcrumbs for GF breadcrumbs or almond flour.

Just switch out the slaw dressing and you’ll be golden! Highly recommend this 5 Minute Sunshine Sauce.

Sure thing! Just make sure your grill grates are nice and hot and well-oiled.

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These salmon burgers are THE YUMMIEST! and made with just five ingredients. The best for a quick + easy high protein lunch or dinner.

Salmon Burgers

Cabbage Slaw

Breadcrumbs are important here. Panko gives a really nice texture whereas whole wheat breadcrumbs would be a good choice if you want to skip the refined grains. If you use a seasoned breadcrumb mix, reduce the amount of salt in the burgers by about 1/2.

For the salmon, you could use leftover steamed, poached, grilled, baked, whatever kinda salmon. If you don’t have any cooked salmon handy, use canned salmon! That’s what I usually do. I would recommend looking for a brand of canned salmon that is caught in the US. I really, really like Wild Planet for quality canned salmon. You can read more about their sourcing/fishing methods here.

If you happen to have a jar of Sunshine Sauce in  your fridge, use that to make the slaw! Just mix cabbage with yogurt, add some Sunshine Sauce, and polish it off with a little dill. Super yummy.

The burgers will keep pretty well in the fridge (~3 days) or freezer (~3 months). When you’re ready to eat, pop them in a nonstick skillet to reheat because it will retain crispiness! The slaw, however, is best eaten right away. It probably has one day max in the fridge once it’s been mixed up.

Gluten Free: We tried three different GF options – almond flour, crushed Chex cereal, and GF oats. All three turned out to be great substitutes, but we liked the smooth texture and flavor of the almond flour version the best. Almond meal would work just as well too.

Keywords: salmon burgers, seafood burger, dill recipe, seafood recipe, canned salmon

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I’m Lindsay and I ♡ FOOD. I used to be a teacher, and now making food and writing about it online is my full-time job. I love talking with people about food, and I'm so glad you're here.

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