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These easy salmon burgers are made from simple ingredients and come together fast. The zingy Cajun seasoning in the burgers paired with the lemon garlic mayo sauce makes these burgers irresistible! Ready in about 20 minutes.

Try my Easy Baked Salmon next for another simple recipe.

easy salmon burger in a bun on a board with lemon in the background

Are you a fan of fish burgers? I’m surprised it took me so long to finally get a salmon burger recipe up on the blog. They’re not something I grew up with or eat very often, but since I like salmon, I enjoyed these Cajun salmon burgers.

If you’ve never made a burger like this before, you don’t need to be too intimidated. The preparation method is very similar to making any kind of burger; the salmon simply needs to be minced in a food processor (or chopped very finely).

You then add the other ingredients and form them into burger patties as normal.

How to make fresh salmon patties

Cut salmon into several pieces; add to a food processor and pulse until just combined. Transfer salmon to a bowl and use your hands to mix it with the seasonings, lemon juice and herbs. Form the mixture into four burger patties; coat them in the Panko breadcrumbs.

Why panko? I read a tip on Serious Eats that recommends coating the salmon patties in panko breadcrumbs, and it works very well. It adds a bit of crispiness to the burger patty, and helps the crust get all golden and tasty. Panko breadcrumbs are lighter and less dense than normal breadcrumbs.

Tips for making the best salmon burgers

  • Don’t over-handle the salmon. I pulse the fish in the food processor so I can control how much it’s blended. It doesn’t take much. You don’t want a salmon paste. I gently mix it with the other patty ingredients, and I make sure to carefully form the patties.
  • Since the patties are really delicate and fall apart easily, these are best pan-fried.
  • Lemon and salmon go extremely well together, so I strongly recommend making the lemon mayo that goes with this burger recipe.

Love salmon? Try my Smoked Salmon Dip or this Salmon Pesto Pasta.

close-up of raw salmon in a food processor

How to cook salmon burgers

Salmon burgers tend to be fairly delicate and fall apart easily, so I recommend pan-frying them vs. BBQing them. I just used a skillet with hot olive oil, but you could always use a grill pan or even one of those little countertop grills if you have one (like a George Foreman).

Cooking time depends on how thick you make the salmon patties. I made mine pretty thin, so they were done after I cooked them for 3-4 min/side.

Top the burgers with avocado and plenty of greens, and you’ve got yourself a pretty healthy salmon burger, or wrap them in lettuce for a low-carb burger. 😉

Other homemade burger recipes to try:

salmon patty ingredients in a glass mixing bowl

Will you give these simple salmon burgers a go?

These easy salmon burgers are healthy, quick, fresh, and have a Cajun twist. Want to know how to cook these delicious burgers? Click for the recipe! Make them low-carb with lettuce, or load up a bun.
5 from 2 votes

Easy Salmon Burger Recipe

These easy salmon burgers are made from simple ingredients and come together fast. The zingy Cajun seasoning in the burgers paired with the lemon garlic mayo sauce makes these burgers irresistible! Ready in about 20 minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound skinless fresh salmon 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon scallions chopped
  • Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) for coating the patties
  • Olive oil for frying

Lemon + garlic mayonnaise:

  • 1/3 cup mayo 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Toppings/other:

  • 4 buns
  • Lettuce/salad greens/arugula (I used butter leaf lettuce) to taste
  • Avocado to taste

Instructions 

  • Add the lemon mayo ingredients to a small bowl and stir until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
  • Cut the salmon into smaller pieces and add them to a food processor. Pulse a few times until you've got a loosely combined mixture (don't overdo it). Alternatively, you could use a knife to finely chop the fish.
  • Add the salmon to a bowl along with the lemon juice, Cajun seasoning, salt, garlic powder, parsley, and scallions. Use your hands to gently mix it together.
  • Add some panko onto a plate (start with only a small amount - you can always add more).
  • Form the mixture into 4 patties, then coat each of the patties in the panko. The patties will be very delicate and may need to be patted a few times so they stay together. They don't shrink up like beef burgers, so keep the in mind when shaping them.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, cook the salmon patties in 2 batches. I made my burgers fairly thin, so they only took about 3-4 minutes/side. 
  • Assemble burgers with the mayo and toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Try not to over-work the salmon mixture or the burgers won't be as good.
  • I don't recommend BBQing these burgers because they're very delicate and can come apart easily.
  • If you're not into the Cajun spice blend, feel free to replace it with your favorite herb/spice blend.
  • This is the food processor I used to make this recipe.

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6 Comments

  1. Joseph Wojciechowski says:

    Love your recipes have tried many of them and love them thank you

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Joseph! 😀

  2. Erin Burnette says:

    5 stars
    These are really good! I forgot the panko crumbs and the grocery store didn’t the cajun seasoning that I thought I wanted but then I realized that you use Tony Chachere products, which was my other option. The lemon garlic mayo was really good too. I will be trying them again this weekend!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad it worked out, Erin! 🙂

  3. Marissa says:

    5 stars
    These are literally making my mouth water! Love salmon burgers and love this flavor combo!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much, Marissa! I was definitely pleased with how they turned out. 🙂