Salmon Burger Recipe using canned salmon

Use canned salmon to create this simple and satisfying salmon burger recipe. Canned salmon is perfect for making salmon patties, and salmon patties are an ideal stand-in for a hamburger when you’re hamburgered out –plus it’s a healthier choice.

Salmon Burger Recipe Ingredients:

14oz canned SALMON (red or pink)
¼ – ½ cup ONION (finely chopped)
HOT PEPPER (finely chopped, to taste)
2 EGGS (beaten)
SALT and PEPPER to taste
OIL for sauteing (3-4 Tbsp…salmon will soak up the oil)
1 Tbsp CURRY POWDER (optional)

salmon Burger recipe

Canned Salmon makes tasty burgers!

Salmon Burger Recipe Directions:

I love canned salmon–red or pink–although I prefer pink canned salmon when making burgers since the pink salmon is much cheaper to buy. I use the more expensive red salmon for making salmon salad.
Salmon in the can is already cooked–in fact it is part of the canning process that cooks the salmon.
Open the the can and drain off the liquid–you don’t want the salmon patties to be too wet when you form them.

salmon burger recipe

Canned Pink Salmon …traditional style means skin and bones are still intact

Traditional canned salmon will come with skin and bones still intact . The skin and bones are soft and edible. You can remove the skin and bones if you like; I used to remove them, but now I’m too cheap, and I don’t want to miss out on the extra nutrition, either.
Place drained salmon in a bowl.
Add ¼ – ½ cup onion depending on how much you like onion. Make sure the onion is finely chopped; smaller pieces will help keep the patties from falling apart. If desired, add some finely chopped hot pepper. If you don’t have fresh pepper, add a little chili powder or hot sauce.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add one or two beaten eggs. I like to use two beaten eggs because it helps to keep the patties together better; I don’t like my burgers to fall apart while I’m eating them.
Mix all the ingredients together well.
Shape into patties. I usually get 4 patties out of a 14oz can, but make as many as you like–bigger or smaller–depending on how big you want your burger to be.
Heat oil in a skillet. I like medium heat. You want the oil to be hot enough to sizzle when you add the patties, but not so hot that the patties will cook too quickly; you want the patties to get a nice cooked side before turning them, this will keep then from breaking apart. Cook 5-7 minutes and then turn gently when the patties are golden brown. Cook another 3-4 minutes and then remove from skillet and drain salmon patties on a paper towel.
I like to serve salmon patties on a toasted bun with sliced tomato, onion, lettuce and mayo.
It’s a nice break from hamburgers, and just as tasty.
Sometimes I’ll add a Tbsp of curry powder into the mix to make Curried Salmon Burgers, which you should definitely try sometime.

Give this salmon burger recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit!

And for another burger dish, try this Banh Mi Burger Recipe.
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Salmon Burger Recipe using canned salmon — 3 Comments

  1. Just made these, they look great! Will eat them with the family for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe and great tips. I spent some time picking out most of the bones and skin, but the whole prep + cook time was pretty quick.

  2. Good recipe.

    Sometimes I use homemade mayo for one of the eggs. If I’m going to be bad and make them more like crab cakes, I use crushed saltine crackers and some shrimp boil w/o msg. Crab cake style, you leave parts of the salmon chunkier. Just have to be careful to crush those bones, hide the skin.

  3. I have not tried this as of this moment. I have cooked this many times but not YOUR way… 🙂 I have enough canned salmon on hand to feed about 40 folks SO, the wife and I are going to cook for the food bank in our small town of 178.

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