I know, I know. But for as weird-sounding as salmon burgers are, they are so extremely good.
We’re talking crispy outsides, flaky insides, and a perfect golden color, not to mention lots of nutrition.
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. Plus, again with the super nutrition. Plus Sugar Free January friendly.
Dill isn’t really in season at the moment, but I do love to have these burgers with a little dill. You can usually buy it at the grocery store in those little plastic clamshells that cost too much. Know the ones I’m talking about?
But if you’re not super excited about the expensive-winter-dill-in-a-clamshell situation, you can 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.
And now for the big question. Do you use canned salmon? Subtext: is it gross?
Answer: Yes, I use canned salmon. Fresh salmon that you’ve already cooked would also work if canned salmon is too weird for you. 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 which I buy at Whole Foods. 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. And because it’s canned, you can just keep it in your pantry and have it at the ready whenever you need a literal 15-minute lunch or dinner.
God bless pantry meals.
These salmon burgers are THE YUMMIEST! and made with just five ingredients. The best for a quick + easy high protein lunch or dinner.