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Yummy Salmon Burgers with Slaw

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These salmon burgers are THE YUMMIEST! and made with just five ingredients. The best for a quick + easy high protein lunch or dinner.

This recipe is an easy weeknight fan-favorite and was originally published in 2020!


These salmon burgers. They are just so extremely good.

We're talking crispy outsides, flaky insides, and a perfect golden color, not to mention lots of nutrition, THANK YOU SALMON.

They are also easy to make and require (usually) minimal, if not zero, grocery shopping, assuming you keep a decently stocked pantry. I love, love, love these crispy pan-fried little guys.

And as if the salmon burgers weren't good enough already to eat on their own (which, um, they are), I need you to make this slaw to serve your salmon burgers in/on/around. It is nothing fancy - just a shredded cabbage, yogurt, herbs, garlic, and vinegar situation, but paired with the salmon burgers? The crispy-salty-tangy combo is an ON-POINT combo.

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Salmon Burgers:

Salmon burger close up.

Ingredients For These Salmon Burgers

This recipe is a pantry staple dream! Here's what you'll need:

  • Salmon (canned, or pre-cooked)
  • Eggs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Spices
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Herbs

I really love to have these salmon burgers with a little fresh dill for the herbs for a big flavor punch. BUT you can also use 1) freeze-dried dill, which I keep in my spice collection year-round, and 2) any other fresh herb! I made a version of these with parsley and cilantro when I didn't have any dill, and mwah. They were still totally delicious.

Dill would still be my first choice, but as with all my favorite recipes, you can play with that a little bit.

Slaw for salmon burgers in a mixing bowl.

What Kind Of Salmon Is Best?

And now for the big question. Do you use canned salmon? Subtext: is it gross?

Answer: Yes, I use canned salmon, and NO, it most certainly is not gross in these salmon burgers if you are buying the right stuff.

Fresh salmon that you've already cooked would also work if canned salmon is too weird for you (see our how-to guide to cooking salmon). But I'd like to take a moment to assure you that it is very possible to find non-gross canned salmon if you do a little searching and are willing to spend a little extra for higher quality. I really like Wild Planet canned salmon. It is caught in Alaska, and Wild Planet prioritizes sustainability and conservation of marine ecosystems with all their products. Not sponsored, just a superfan. You can also buy it here on Amazon (affiliate link). And because it's canned, you can just keep it in your pantry and have it at the ready whenever you need a little salmon burger happiness.

God bless pantry meals.

Salmon burger with bite taken out.

How You'll Make These Salmon Burgers Happen

What I love about this recipe is that it's not just pantry-friendly, but also omg-it's-5pm-and-I-need-dinner-now friendly. Here's what you're going to do.

  1. Mix all your salmon burger ingredients in a bowl and form them into patties (this should make 3-4!).
  2. Sear the salmon patties in a hot skillet with oil until brown and crispy on each side.
  3. Toss your slaw ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Serve your delicious salmon burgers on top of a bed of crunchy slaw!

Ta da! You're done.

What Else To Serve with These Salmon Burgers

As made abundantly clear, I love these on top of this slaw for a fresh little high-protein lunch situation, but as always, you have options!

  • Make the slaw part even easier and grab your favorite salad kit from the store! (See: these Spicy Salmon Burgers too)
  • Plop these on a bun to make it a true burger (maybe even topped with the slaw!? or just some yogurt, avocado, mayo, tomato, whatever)
  • Serve it as a main protein alongside some potatoes or rice, veggies, or a simple salad

Salmon Burgers: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh salmon instead of canned?

Absolutely! But this recipe is meant to be made with cooked salmon. Just just be sure to cook and flake your salmon before mixing it all up. Don't know how to cook salmon? We've got you covered!

Can I freeze these burgers?

Yup! I would probably mix and form them into patties, and then freeze. When ready to cook, you should be able to just put them right from frozen into a pan! Just let them cook a little longer so they're hot all the way through.

How long do these burgers keep?

These will keep for about 3 days in the fridge, and 3 months in the freezer.

How do you know when the burgers are done?

Since the only raw ingredient we're working with is egg (thank you, cooked salmon!), you should make sure these are cooked to at least 160 degrees in the middle.

How can I make these burgers gluten-free?

Easy! Swap in the breadcrumbs for GF breadcrumbs or almond flour.

How can I make these burgers dairy-free?

Just switch out the slaw dressing and you'll be golden! Highly recommend this 5 Minute Sunshine Sauce.

Can I grill these burgers?

Sure thing! Just make sure your grill grates are nice and hot and well-oiled.

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Salmon Burger on plate with slaw.

Salmon Burgers with Slaw


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 burgers 1x

Description

These salmon burgers are THE YUMMIEST! and made with just five ingredients. The best for a quick + easy high protein lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Salmon Burgers

  • 12-14 ounces cooked salmon (canned is great! - see notes)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, like chives, parsley, or dill
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • olive oil for pan-frying

Cabbage Slaw

  • 1 head green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs like chives, parsley, and dill
  • a drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  1. For the salmon: Flake the salmon apart. Mix all burger ingredients together and form into 3 large or 4 medium patties. Heat olive oil over medium heat, ideally in a nonstick skillet. Fry the burgers for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Place on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  2. For the slaw: Mix all slaw ingredients together. Taste and adjust.
  3. Serve: Serve up those hot salmon burgers on a bed of creamy slaw. I top mine with a dollop of extra yogurt and a swizzle of oil and more herbs. Can't stop me.

Notes

Breadcrumbs are important here. Panko gives a really nice texture whereas whole wheat breadcrumbs would be a good choice if you want to skip the refined grains. If you use a seasoned breadcrumb mix, reduce the amount of salt in the burgers by about 1/2.

For the salmon, you could use leftover steamed, poached, grilled, baked, whatever kinda salmon. If you don't have any cooked salmon handy, use canned boneless skinless salmon! That's what I usually do. I would recommend looking for a brand of canned salmon that is caught in the US. I really, really like Wild Planet for quality canned boneless skinless salmon. You can read more about their sourcing/fishing methods here.

If you happen to have a jar of Sunshine Sauce in  your fridge, use that to make the slaw! Just mix cabbage with yogurt, add some Sunshine Sauce, and polish it off with a little dill. Super yummy.

The burgers will keep pretty well in the fridge (~3 days) or freezer (~3 months). When you're ready to eat, pop them in a nonstick skillet to reheat because it will retain crispiness! The slaw, however, is best eaten right away. It probably has one day max in the fridge once it's been mixed up.

Gluten Free: We tried three different GF options - almond flour, crushed Chex cereal, and GF oats. All three turned out to be great substitutes, but we liked the smooth texture and flavor of the almond flour version the best. Almond meal would work just as well too.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: salmon burgers, seafood burger, dill recipe, seafood recipe, canned salmon

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294 Comments

  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Not sure one can find sustainable canned salmon in Denmark, but I will definitively go look for it.
    If you take suggestions for posts, would you maybe consider making a ‘things always in my pantry’ post. I recently moved alone, and I am not sure how to stock my kitchen.

    Kind regards from Denmark, and happy belated birthday to Afton!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Ditto! Love the idea of a pantry post!

      I’ll be looking for sustainable salmon in Germany, too. Fingers crossed!

    2. Skillful Cook Logo

      This was my first time using canned salmon and I have to admit, I was skeptical. They were so delicious!! Will definitely be adding these to our regular rotation. Such a quick, satisfying dinner.

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      These are such a good idea for a quick and tasty dinner! I added some Cajun seasoning and will mix in diced bell pepper next time. Definitely going to start keeping canned salmon on hand.

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          The recipe looks delicious. Quick question, do you use a combination of the herbs or a single herb when making this recipe? Thanks.

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Ugh, I really hate canned tuna, but maaaaybe you’ve convinced me to try canned salmon? Or maybe I’ll just buy fresh 😉. Amyway, thanks for the recipe!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    These look AMAZING! I really love your photography. I use canned salmon a lot and love it:) I don’t think it’s gross at all. I always have canned fish in my cupboard for back pocket recipes. It’s a healthy hack.

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    Thank you SO much for trying out a GF option for us. I think my tastebuds and yours are related. I love pretty much every recipe you have come up with and it’s always a joy when I don’t have to mess around with them to make them GF.

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    So excited about the salmon burger recipe with slaw. No need for canned salmon from the store when you live in Alaska and have a fabulous son in law who keeps you supplied with salmon! Yippee!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Thank you for the recommendation on a type of canned salmon that isn’t awful. The grayish, slimy, nasty situation going on in most canned salmon is totally revolting to me. I’ve never actually been to Whole Foods (gasp!), but I would venture there just for canned salmon that was delicious.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I’m so late to this but if you have a Sam’s Club membership (or a friend or family member with one ;)), the Member’s Mark canned salmon is delicious. It’s just the Sam’s Club store brand.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks delish and quick and easy! I’ve been reluctant to try canned fish other than tuna but you’ve convinced me to give it a try. It does make sense to have it in the pantry.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oh yum! I’m putting this one on my To-Do List. My mama used to make tuna cakes when I was little. I love salmon, so I know these are good. 🙂

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    One of my & my husband’s go to meals is similar to this – a salmon patty recipe (that includes some finely diced green bell pepper for extra crunch & nutrients) + braised red cabbage (only 5 ingredients: cabbage, butter, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, water). We get our canned salmon at Costco. So good!

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have one recipe that I grew up with that uses canned salmon. It’s essentially a salmon loaf, but my kids gobble it up. We will definitely try this, because I’d love to learn more things to make with canned salmon.
    And yes, it is gross picking out some of the bones, but so cheap, so healthy, so easy!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    like a big crab cake, I like it and even without a bun (preferred anyway) thank you for this recipe and like the cabbage slaw too!

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yum ! Will definitely give it a try this week ! Any dairy-free alternative for Greek Yogourt ?

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        Thanks for the recipe inspiration! Finally got around to trying this- turned out great!

        Fyi- I subbed instant mashed potato flakes for the bread crumbs and it worked well 💜

        Also added a bit of sugar to the slaw (personal pref.), and made a sauce to top out of Greek yogurt, a little mayo, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Frank’s hot sauce, and lemon juice.

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    For those who hate canned tuna, canned salmon is way better … especially cooked, I am SOOOO excited to try this recipe. Second the idea to make more “basic pantry” posts.

    I love everything Ive tried from you … thank you!

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks so good! I adore salmon. I’ll have to look for fresh, though, because we don’t have a Whole Foods by us and I really don’t need 12 cans of salmon delivered to my house. 😉 Sadly, I’m the only one in the house who will eat salmon, but I’ll just have to save this recipe for boys’ night out! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Do you have a Fred Meyer? I just looked at their app and they say they have the brand she mentioned. 🙂

  15. Skillful Cook Logo

    This is my kind of food, I love Salmon any way you fix it….can’t wait to fix both recipes…I always use Mayonnaise in my cole slaw, but will try it this way for a change….. giving it a 5* because I know it will be 🙂 just found your website I think, I belong to so many blogs, can’t keep up with them all…..So what was for dessert ? I just made Banana Nut Bread today…..pretty yummy, and the heat from the oven sure felt good…..:)

  16. Skillful Cook Logo

    Love Salmon Burgers! They’re just to simple to make. I particularly like the slaw you’ve got to go with yours Lindsay.