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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Quick and Easy Pan-Fried Salmon Burgers

Today we are going to take a look at how to make salmon burgers that uses mayonnaise and Dijon mustard to deliver up very moist patties with a nice crunch. These are truly easy to prepare and are a terrific way to use canned salmon.

The ingredient amounts we are using here will make 5-6 large patties. I like to make salmon burger patties on the larger size as that way they will not dry out during cooking and, unlike with beef, lamb or chicken burgers, there are no concerns around the burgers being too rare.


2 large cans pink salmon (400-500 grams each)

5 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard (Use the extra hot variety if you like, I think it kicks the flavour up a notch!)

1 egg

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/3 of a red onion, minced

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons curry powder

1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste

To begin, drain your salmon cans of all liquid and put the salmon into a large mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients blending as you go.

Heat some olive oil in a large pan to medium high.

Add your patties so that they are not touching. Do in batches if necessary.

Fry the patties until they are crunchy and golden brown on each side as well as heated through. This usually takes 6-7 minutes a side (12-14 total) flipping once. Keep an eye on them as they cook as you want to make sure they do not burn. Reduce heat if needed.

Once they are done serve on a bun topped with whatever you like. I think the flavours go well with some more red onion and some tomato on top with maybe an extra squirt or two of lemon. I also like to mix some mayonnaise with a habanero style hot sauce as a sauce, though tartar sauce is also a terrific, classic topping.

First posted on The Left Chapter blog in November, 2018.

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