Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free crackers and gluten-free hamburger buns in this dish.


"As deeply as gold or the grizzly bear, wild salmon infuse California's past.... But through our collective will, today we help ensure that salmon swim on into our future. For they are not merely commodities, or emblems for a flag. Wild salmon are vital members of creation who enrich our landscapes, inspiring us through their upstream journey from sea to Sierra."
-Bruce Babbitt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1993-2001

The refrigerator light goes on...

I love salmon and I love burgers, and the two together are just perfect. The key to cooking fish burgers is to have them be as cold as possible so that they hold together in the pan while cooking. A few minutes in the freezer will do it.


Salmon Burgers

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 salmon burger

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

Serve with Potato Vinaigrette Salad or Roasted Potatoes or Red Potato Salad or Healthy French Fries or Purple Potato Salad


Serve with Cole Slaw or Carrot Salad with Marjoram Vinaigrette or Parsnip French Fries or Jicama Slaw

1 small shallot (minced)
1/2 small red bell pepper (finely diced)
4 low sodium saltine or gluten-free crackers (finely crumbled)
1/8 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/4 lemon (juiced)
1/8 tsp dried tarragon
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
8 ounces skinless salmon filet (finely minced)
1 tsp coarse ground mustard
1 large egg white
1 tsp olive oil
2 whole wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns

Fold together the shallot, red pepper, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, lemon juice, tarragon, red pepper flakes and salmon filet until well blended.

Whisk together the egg white and mustard.

Fold the egg white mixture into the salmon mixture until well blended.

Form the salmon mixture into two cakes. Place on a plate and put in the freezer to chill for about 15 minutes.

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot add the salmon cakes.

Cook for about 8 minutes on each side until the salmon cakes are firm.

Serve on the hamburger bun with lettuce and tomato (or other toppings of your choice).

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 salmon burger

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 474 Calories from Fat 135
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 23%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 67mg 24%
Sodium 666mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
    Sugars 6g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 92%
Calcium 5% Iron 24%
Vitamin K 3 mcg Potassium 727 mg
Magnesium 87 mg