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Salmon burger and salad on a bun

Healthy Salmon Burgers

These Salmon burgers (patties) are great on a bun for an easy dinner in under 30 minutes, or are great served with vegetables or salad for a low carb healthy dinner option. They freeze well too.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Type Low Sugar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 burger patties
Calories 274kcal
Author Kim


  • 500 grams /1 pound salmon skin and bones removed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium brown onion diced
  • cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, diced optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt and pepper


  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise (1 tablespoon for each burger bun)
  • 6 teaspoons hot sauce (1 teaspoon for each burger bun) (eg: sriracha or chili sauce)


  • Cut salmon into chunks and put it into food processor. Blitz until the mixture becomes pasty, stopping to scrape down the sides if needed.
  • Add mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, lemon juice, mustard, cayenne, and onion to the food processor. (If using parsley, add as well). Pulse a few times until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Spread the remaining breadcrumbs onto a dinner plate. Divide ground salmon mixture into 6 pieces and gently form into balls. To make it easier (although they form nicely!) have a small bowl with warm water next to you to dip your fingers in it. Once the balls are formed, dip each patty into breadcrumbs and flatten slightly.

Stove Top Instructions

  • Warm-up ⅓ cup vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and once hot lightly fry patties on both sides until crisp and golden brown (about 2-3 minutes per side). You may need to do it in batches if your pan is not big enough.
  • Transfer the patties to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice on each patty before serving (optional).

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Arrange patties in your air fryer so they are not touching. Depending on how big your air fryer is, you might need to do multiple cooks.
  • Preheat air fryer to 200 degrees C or 390 degrees F and cook for 12-14 minutes.

Burger Assembly

  • Assemble the burgers with your favorite lettuce and vegetables, adding mayonnaise and a drizzle of hot sauce on both bottom and top buns. Serve while warm.


  1. Salmon:  Either fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets will work.  I tend to use fresh salmon fillets I’ve bought the day before as they don’t have a lot of moisture in them. If you only have skin on, peel it off before adding to the food processor.
  2. Breadcrumbs:  I use plain wholemeal breadcrumbs, however panko crumbs would also work great and give a slightly more textured salon burger
  3. Onion:  Brown or white onion is ideal and finely chopped is best.  At a pinch you could also use shallots
  4. Mayonnaise and Dijon Mustard: these help to add flavour to the burgers and whilst I love using both, you could get away wit using just one or the other.
  5. Lemon juice:  lemon juice adds freshness and lightness to the patties and balnces the flavours.  Alternatively you could also use lime juice.  Fresh is ideal, but bottled will also work.
  6. Spices:  I like to use cayenne peapper for a little bit of heat.  However you could leave it out if making for those that don’t like spice
  7. Herbs:  I used fresh chopped parsley, but you could use whatever you have on hand.  Herbs help to add  freshness to the patties. 
  8. Salt and pepper:  this is to season the patties and you only need a little.  Regular salt and pepper is fine, or otherwise you could try a little garlic salt or celery salt in place of regular salt for a slightly punchier flavour
  9. Oil:  I use a little vegetable oil for lightly frying the salmon burgers.  Alternatively you could use grapeseed oil, or extra virgin olive oil.  If cooking on the stove top, spray oil may not be enough, however it will be fine to use if cooking them in your air fryer.
  10. Nutritional information does not include the salad or buns.  It only includes the salmon patty and sauce


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g