Salmon Burgers with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Healthy burgers never tasted so good!


  • For the Burgers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1½ lb salmon, bones and skin removed, cut into large pieces
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup bread crumbs, such as Panko
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • spinach leaves
  • For the Tartar Sauce
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tsps Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbl freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbl capers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbl chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, pulse the garlic and parsley until minced. Add the salmon and pulse a few times. Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, bread crumbs, and red pepper flakes. Grind until the mixture forms a thick paste. Season with salt and pepper. Form into four equal patties.

2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the salmon patties and cook until brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip each patty over and brown on the other side and cook until cooked through, about another 3 minutes.

3. For the tartar sauce, whisk all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve the patties on toasted hamburger buns with tartar sauce, cucumbers slices, and spinach leaves.

Serves 4

Emily Jacobs is a Santa Barbara City College culinary school graduate and food blogger. See for more.

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