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These Salmon Burgers are a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner. They use simple, easy to find ingredients and you can use canned or fresh salmon!

Straight on picture of burger topped with fresh tomato slices and mayo.

If you are looking to add a new recipe to your quick lunches you have to include salmon burgers! They are so easy to make, delicious, and healthy! Full of omega 3s and vitamins B and D, make them great for growing bodies (aka kids) or full grown bodies (aka adults).

I love making these salmon patties and serving them with this Creamy Coleslaw for a fast lunch. Or make them into a burger like in these photos! Both are great options, in my opinion.

Tell Me More About Salmon Burgers:

  • This recipe can use fresh/ frozen or canned salmon
  • Freezer friendly
  • Meal prepper friendly!
  • Light and delicious and still satisfying
  • Tender and juicy, not dry!
Overhead of all the ingredients needed to make salmon burgers.


The ingredients are very simple and easy to find which is always a win in my books!
SALMON: The beauty of this recipe is you can use fresh, frozen, or canned salmon. When using canned salmon use a brand you know your family will like as not all canned salmon is equal.

EGGS AND BREADCRUMBS: Used to help bind the burgers together. I know some recipes don’t use them but I don’t have very good luck with them, but that’s just me.
RED ONION, DILL, GARLIC POWDER, and LEMON JUICE: These all provide loads of flavor.

How To Make Juicy Salmon Burgers:

If you are using fresh/frozen salmon you will need to cook it ahead of time. If you are using canned you are ready to go; just drain most of the liquid off. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients until combined and form into 5-6 patties. Brown in a little oil over medium-low heat for a few minutes on each side. Serve as desired.

Three pictures showing how to make salmon burgers.

Tips and Suggestions:

  • When using fresh salmon it is key not to overcook the salmon or the burgers may end up dry. I like to slightly undercook the salmon since it is going to be cooked again. Your salmon is cooked through as soon as it flakes easily with a fork. Trust me, it doesn’t take very long!
  • Types of salmon you can use are canned, steamed, poached, grilled, baked, or cooked in a skillet! The choice is yours!
  • Looking for a gluten-free option? Replace the breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs, or 1/3-1/2 cup of almond flour.
  • Feel free to use freeze-dried dill or other herbs if you don’t like dill.

Best Salmon Burger Toppings:

  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • The usual burger toppings: lettuce, mayo, pickle, tomato, mustard, onion
  • Tarter sauce or really any sauce you like will work
  • Trying to cut carbs? Make it a lettuce wrap or serve it over a bed of Creamy Coleslaw
  • These are also great with a slice of cheese
Straight on shot of burger with a big bite taken out showing the texture of the inside of the burger.



Store completely cooled salmon burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


You can eat them cold or gently reheat in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil or reheat in the microwave.


Freeze completely cooled burgers in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.


Most do so if you are looking for boneless read the label and look for ones labeled boneless.

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Salmon Burgers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These Salmon Burgers are a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner. They use simple, easy to find ingredients and you can use canned or fresh salmon!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon cakes, salmon patties
Servings: 5 -6 burgers
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 1 pound (453g) cooked salmon (or use 1 (14.75oz; 418g) canned salmon; mostly drained)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (70g) breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup (25g) finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup (15g) finely chopped fresh dill
  • ½ large lemon, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon salt (reduce or omit if using canned)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  1. In a medium bowl flake the salmon and add remaining ingredients. Mix just until combined. Form into 5-6 patties and cook over medium low heat with a little oil for a few minutes on each side or until browned.

Recipe Notes
  1. STORAGE: Store cooled burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  2. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Freeze cooled burgers in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. 
  3. REHEAT: Eat these cold, reheated in a skillet over low heat with a small amount of oil, or in the microwave.
  4. Replace the fresh dill with freeze dried or 1 tablespoon dried.
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 482mg21%
Potassium 630mg18%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1058IU21%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

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