Lemon Dill Salmon Burgers

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These are the most delicious salmon burgers made with flakey salmon, fresh lemon, and dill. Grill them, pan fry them, or bake them!

Jazz up a weeknight dinner or wow your dinner guests tonight by using salmon!

salmon burgers with sriracha aioli

Favorite Salmon Burger Recipe!

How gorgeous are these salmon burgers? Made with light and fresh ingredients like lemon, dill, and shallon these are truly the tastiest burgers around.

Lots of salmon burger recipes on the internet call for canned salmon, but the only way to make them is with fresh salmon. The flavor is so much better, trust us.

Why make these salmon burgers?

  • Fresh salmon > canned salmon: by using fresh salmon instead of canned salmon, these burgers come out so juicy and tender.
  • Healthy: this recipe is naturally gluten-free and a healthy dinner option thanks to omega-3-packed salmon.
  • High-protein: per burger, you get 32g protein. Yes, please.
  • Versatile cook method: grill them, bake them, or pan fry them. All options are great options.

Key Ingredients

Fresh salmon: what makes these salmon burgers so much different than our salmon patties recipe, is that these are made with FRESH salmon, not cooked salmon. This is what makes them so tender and flakey and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Almond meal: Almond meal works as a bind for the salmon, so it’s a must. We love the subtly nutty flavor that almond meals give to this salmon burger recipe. It’s a nice change-up from the classic breadcrumbs.

Flavors: this salmon recipe is jam-packed with all the fresh flavors. There truly isn’t anything better than salmon and dill. Here’s what’s featured in this recipe:

  • lemon zest
  • garlic
  • dill
  • shallot
  • salt and pepper
sriracha aioli for salmon burgers

How to Make Salmon Burgers

I hope you’re about to make these salmon burgers because you WILL NOT be disappointed. They’re a favorite healthy dinner idea in our house and know you will love them too.

Step 1: Sriracha Aioli

This sriracha aioli is the perfect sauce pairing for these salmon burgers, and you only need a few ingredients to pull it together:

  • Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Cream cheese
  • Sriracha
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh chopped dill

Place all ingredients for the sriracha aioli into a small bowl and mix well. If your cream cheese is especially chilled, soften on the counter or in the microwave before mixing together sriracha aioli. Place into the refrigerator for later.

Step 2: Prep Salmon

Canned salmon burgers no more! This recipe calls for beautiful fresh salmon. You can buy either pre-cut salmon filets or one large salmon filet.

Remove skin and bones from your salmon. Then, cut it into small chunks and place it into a high-speed food processor.

salmon chunks in food processor

Step 3: Food Process + Season

Cover food processor and slowly pulse salmon until it is ground (similar to ground chicken).

Next, add lemon zest, shallot, fresh garlic, dill, salt, pepper, and almond meal to the food processor and slowly pulse ingredients together until all ingredients are combined.

salmon burger ingredients in food processor

Step 4: Make Salmon Patties

Remove the blade from the food processor and evenly separate the salmon mixture into four equal parts and create the patties with your hands. They should be around 1.5  inches thick.

raw salmon patties on plate

Step 5: Cook Salmon Burgers Your Way!

On the Grill:

Preheat your grill to 400ºF. Place a piece of tin foil on the grill and spray it with olive oil cooking spray. Place salmon patties on the grill and cover. Grill for 4-6 minutes, flip, and let cook for another 4-6 minutes, and then remove from heat.

On the Stove:

Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and generously spray with olive oil cooking spray. When olive oil is fragrant, place salmon patties in the pan and cover. Let cook for 4-6 minutes on each side, and then remove from heat.

In the Oven:

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray it with olive oil cooking spray, and place salmon burgers on the baking. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400ºF flipping burger patties halfway through.

How do you know your salmon patties are done cooking?

According to the FDA, the internal temperature of salmon should be at least 145ºF. Our recommendation would be to take the burgers off of the heat source at 140ºF and let them sit for 5 minutes so they can continue raising in temperature by 5ºF more.

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Step 6: Enjoy!

Serve salmon patties on a bun or in butter lettuce with aioli and your favorite toppings!

What toppings go on a salmon burger?

We topped these salmon burgers with thinly sliced red onion and microgreens, but feel free to get creative and top your salmon burgers with whatever your little heart desires, like:

  • Tomato slices
  • Bib lettuce
  • Arugula
  • White onion
  • Swiss cheese
salmon burgers on a plate

Favorite Salmon Burgers (with lemon and dill)

These salmon burgers are about to be a new dinner staple in your house! Made with fresh salmon, lemon, dill, and almond flour, these come out so tender and delicious no matter how to cook them.

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 32 minutes

Fat 7 Carbs 9 Protein 32

Yield 4 1x

Ingredients

Sriracha Aioli

  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill

Lemon Dill Salmon Burgers

  • 1.33 lbs. salmon, skinned and deboned
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely ground almond meal

Optional Toppings + Fixings

  • 4 burger buns
  • Sliced red Onion
  • Microgreens

Instructions

  1. First, place all ingredients for sriracha aioli into a small bowl and mix well. Place into the refrigerator for later.
  2. Next, remove skin and debone salmon. Then, cut it into chunks. Place salmon chunks into a high-speed food processor.
  3. Cover food processor and slowly pulse salmon until it is ground (similar to ground chicken).
  4. Next, add lemon zest, shallot, fresh garlic, dill, salt, pepper, and almond meal to the food processor and slowly pulse ingredients together until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Remove the blade from the food processor and evenly separate salmon mixture into four equal parts and create patties with your hands. They should be around 1.5  inches thick*.
    1. On the Grill- Preheat your grill to 400ºF. Place a piece of tin foil on the grill and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Place salmon patties on the grill and cover. Grill for 4-6 minutes, flip, and let cook for another 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat.
    2. On the Stove- Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and spray with olive oil cooking spray. When olive oil is fragrant, place salmon patties in the pan and cover. Let cook for 4-6 minutes on each side. Remove from heat.
    3. In the Oven- Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Place salmon patties on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 400ºF flipping burger patties halfway through.
  6. According to the FDA, the internal temperature of salmon should be at least 145ºF. Our recommendation would be to take the burgers off of the heat source at 140ºF and let them sit for 5 minutes. They will continue to cook after removing them from the heat. 
  7. Serve salmon patties on a bun or in butter lettuce with aioli and your favorite toppings!

Tips & Notes

  • The aioli is about 1 tablespoon per burger, so if you want more, double the recipe.
  • *Nutrition includes salmon burger, aioli, and micro greens and red onion toppings. Nutrition does not include a bun.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 222 Sugar: 3 Sodium: 602 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 9 Fiber: 3 Protein: 32 Cholesterol: 69

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Lunch and DinnerMethod: Stove TopCuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: salmon burgers

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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