This easy recipe for salmon burgers uses seafood, spices and some crushed potato chips to create a healthy and delicious burger alternative to ground beef. They are great topped with tartar sauce and on a roll, or pop them on some greens for a salmon burger salad!
I do love a good burger (especially those thin but juicy diner-style burgers where you can have two layers of burger!) but as you know I also like to mess with traditional recipes, and recently I did that with crab cakes by making crab cake burgers.
Not a huge stretch because crab cakes are burger-shaped anyway.
However, those crab cake burgers were so scrumptious that it had me pondering how I could get some other seafood burgers on our menu, and since the Southern husband and I are big old salmon lovers, that seemed like a natural.
A nice hunk of salmon filet, chopped up and mixed with some herbs and spices and capers and my secret crab cake ingredient…are you ready?
Crushed potato chips. More specifically, crushed thin potato chips, like Wise or Lay’s.
Since you only need a half cup for four salmon burgers, this has the added benefit of having the rest of the bag of chips available to snack on while you are cooking.
Not that I would ever do that. HA.
I’m seriously trying not to at the current moment, because this week my daffodils are dramatically reminding me that bathing suit weather is right around the corner.
Aren’t they the prettiest things?
So let’s make some good and good for you salmon burgers!
How do you make salmon burgers from scratch?
You want about a pound of boneless salmon filet. Slice off the skin, cut it into chunks, and process about 3/4 of those chunks in your food processor until you have a pile of finely chopped salmon.
Now drop in the rest of the salmon and pulse it a few times until they are about pea-sized chunks. This will give you some larger bits of salmon in your burger. YUM.
Next, mix up that salmon with some mustard, chopped scallions, capers, Old Bay seasoning, pepper and those crushed potato chips.
Salmon is a moist fish, and all that healthy salmon oil is going to hold things together while you form the mixture into four lovely salmon burger shapes.
Cook them for 2-3 minutes per side, carefully turning them over, until they are nice and golden.
We like to top ours with a little tartar sauce (and a sprinkle of potato chips) and a squeeze of lemon.
What Should I Serve With Salmon Burgers?
Since these are totally legit burgers, you can of course have them on burger rolls (the Southern husband will always and forever love King’s Hawaiian Rolls for this) but the day I made this particular batch we were feeling like salad, so we had our salmon burgers on a bed of leafy greens.
We did NOT forego the potato chip sprinkle, though.
We have our limits.
So please help me welcome healthy, good and good for you salmon to the ranks of delicious burger recipes – yay, salmon!
- OTHER SALMON RECIPES WE JUST LOVE!
- Roasted Salmon Grain Bowl. Dinners in a bowl are the best kinds.
- Salmon in Buttered White Wine Sauce. Very ooh-la-la (and easy!)
- Flaked Salmon with Sesame Noodles. Because, noodles.
Updated (and made even more delicious!) from a previously published Framed Cooks post!