Spiced Salmon Burgers


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One of my girlfriends always posts about the most delicious sounding salmon burgers and each and every time I’m tempted to get on a plane to Seattle and go visit. Seeing as how that’s not always possible, I took her recipe and gave it a whirl in my kitchen! Spiced Salmon Burgers coming your way!  Spiced Salmon Burgers from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

What’s your guys favorite kind of fish? Mine is for sure Salmon – which I think might be quite obviously given the amount of times it pops up here on What’s Gaby Cooking. It’s so versatile, works with a number of different toppings and you can keep it whole / grill it / bake it / sear it, or chop it up and make it into salmon burgers!

Summer is burger season and these salmon burgers are pretty much healthy (minus the bun). They’re topped with avocado (naturally), pickled red onions for a zip and a harissa mayo because I wanted to be fancy. You could use any aioli rather than a mayo if that’s more your jam! Throw it all on a brioche bun and invite some friends over!

Spiced Salmon Burgers from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Spiced Salmon Burgers

5 from 2 votes


  • 2 pounds Salmon skinned and de-boned
  • 1 cup green onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • ½ jalapeño finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 6 brioche buns


  • 2 avocados sliced
  • Pickled red onions

Harissa Mayo

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons harissa paste
  • ½ lemon zested and juiced


  • Combine garlic, mayo, harissa paste and lemon juice/zest and mix to combine. Taste and adjust lemon as needed. Set aside.
  • Preheat an indoor grill pan to medium heat.
  • Using a large sharp knife, finely dice the salmon. Place in a large bowl. Add the green onions, cilantro, parsley, jalapeño, eggs, olive oil and salt and mix to combine.
  • Gently mix in the panko bread crumbs to the salmon, and form 6 patties. Transfer patties to the grill and grill the for about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Generously spread the bottom buns with the harissa mayo and then put the burger on the bottom bun. Pile the Burger with layers of avocado and pickled red onions.
  • Top with the other half of the bun and enjoy immediately.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe lightly adapted from Heather Christo

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  1. Rachel @ Mesa Cooking Co.

    Salmon is definitely my favorite kind of fish, too! As a kid, I didn’t like ANY type of fish, but salmon was the first one I started warming up to. These sound amazing! Especially with that touch of jalapeno and the green onion – yum!!

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  3. Lisa

    This was delicious! 🙂 The patties did turn out to be not quite sticky enough and kind of fell apart on the grill – any tips on how to avoid that next time around? Thanks!

    • Gaby

      I’d pat them together even harder so they stick, and oil the grill so it’s easy to flip them!!

    • Clara

      I have Trader Joes wild salmon on hand , Will this work the same?

  4. Shelly Camarillo

    Can I ground the salmon in the food processor instead of dicing? Doing a large batch

  5. Angela

    5 stars
    I absolutely adore these burgers! I came across them when looking for freezer-friendly meals to help us survive during quarantine and boy have these delivered. They were super easy to throw together and freeze before cooking. We’ve been pulling them out to have burger style or to eat on top of a salad. We finally reached the end of our freezer stash and I’m definitely loading up on ingredients to make another batch next time I go to the store. Thank you, Gaby!!

  6. Amanda

    5 stars
    Made these “unspiced” for the kids with no jalapeño and a simple garlic aioli. They loved them.
    I might have also read the recipe wrong and cooked the salmon before forming the patties. Doh! So I cooked very quickly on both sides just to hold them together in burger form. They still tasted amazing. Will try the correct way to do it next time. 🙂

  7. kristin moga

    5 stars
    Delicious!!! And that sauce!!!!! I tried to make my own mayonnaise but it didn’t thicken for some reason. But I used it anyway, in the more liquidy form,,, So so good!!! Thanks, Gaby.