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Salmon Burgers Recipe with Avocado Ranch

Tender and juicy, this recipe for Salmon Burgers is the best you'll ever have! These healthy burgers are flavorful on their own, or take them over-the-top with creamy avocado ranch dressing!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 340 kcal
London Brazil

Ingredients

Salmon Burgers:

  • 1 -1 ¼ pounds salmon skin removed
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs gluten-free
  • 2 Tbsp. chives fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. dill fresh, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive oil

Avocado Ranch:

  • 1 large avocado pitted, peeled, and quartered
  • ¼ cup sour cream vegan or plain*
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or lime juice
  • 2 tsp. dill fresh (¾ tsp. dried)
  • 2 tsp. parsley fresh
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ - ¾ cup milk regular, oat, cashew, or buttermilk

Serving:

  • Gluten-free buns or lettuce cups
  • Arugula optional
  • Tomatoes optional

Instructions

Salmon Burgers:

  1. Remove the skin from the salmon by gently peeling it back with one hand, and holding down the filet with your other hand.

  2. Finely chop the filet small ⅛-inch pieces with either a knife or a food processor. If using a food processor, cut the salmon filet into 1-inch chunks and add half of them to the processor. Pulse 15-20 times and then add in the remaining cubes. Pulse for an additional 10-15 times or until the salmon is finely diced.

  3. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add salmon to a large bowl along with the whisked mayonnaise mixture, finely chopped chives and dill, and the breadcrumbs. Mix by hand until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a patty by hand or by using a round biscuit cutter. They should end up being about 1-inch thick and 4-inches in width. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes before cooking.

  6. In a large skillet over medium heat add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Place salmon patties into the skillet in a single layer.

  7. Cook salmon burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. (See recipe notes for Air Fryer and Grill directions.)

Avocado Ranch Dressing:

  1. Add avocado, sour cream, and lemon juice to a food processor. Process for 30-60 seconds, or until the avocado is smooth.

  2. Add mayonnaise, dill, parsley, powders, salt, pepper and milk. Process until ingredients are just combined.

  3. Serve salmon burgers on a bed of arugula or in a hamburger bun with Avocado Ranch and slices of tomato. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information is for 1 salmon patty with 2 tablespoons of avocado ranch.  The ranch makes enough for 15 servings.
  • Can also use plain yogurt in place of the sour cream.
  • Other Ways to Cook:
    • Air Fryer: Preheat a 6-quart Air Fryer to 400 degrees for 3 minutes. Lightly spray the grate with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange salmon patties in a single layer in the Air Fryer basket and cook for 9-10 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
    • Grill: Add salmon patties to a medium-heat grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side.
    • Oven: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon patties, evenly spaced, in a single layer. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure even cooking.

  • To Store: Keep leftover patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • To Freeze: Wrap the salmon burgers in foil or plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe airtight container. Freeze for up to three months.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Burgers Recipe with Avocado Ranch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 733mg32%
Potassium 707mg20%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 779IU16%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.