Burgers are not only for meat! Erase the idea that only typical unhealthy, greasy burgers exist. This healthy salmon burger option provides a healthy serving of protein, B vitamins, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids! Instead of red meat, we used salmon to create the patty! You’ll still enjoy the traditional burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion), and trust us, you will not miss the meat!
In addition to fresh salmon, the patties also contain: fresh lemon juice, garlic, and red bell pepper. Lemon juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which plays an integral part in gum health, bone formation, and tissue repair. Garlic holds many medicinal properties. It has the potential to lower blood pressure, increase antioxidant enzymes, lower total and LDL cholesterol, and promote bone health. Red bell peppers are antioxidant powerhouses! They are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and are a great source of fiber.
As a healthy alternative to mayonnaise, this salmon burger includes a yogurt dill sauce. The sauce uses full fat Greek yogurt as its base. Greek yogurt contains more protein than milk and is rich in probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that protect the immune system. Dill is not only tasty, but it is also proven to reduce LDL cholesterol and improve heart health.
Finally, white potatoes are ditched for the superfood sweet potatoes to make a delicious side of sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are rich in minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Further, sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage that can cause chronic illnesses such as cancer and aging. Sweet potatoes also advance healthy vision.
This dinner option requires quite a bit of time to prepare and cook (nearly one hour total), but the satisfaction of knowing you created a delicious, healthy, and creative meal for your family is worth every minute. This salmon burger is a dish that everyone in your family will truly enjoy!
Try this delicious salmon burger recipe now!
- Non-stick Frying Pan
- 22 oz. fresh salmon fillet
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/8 tsp. salt & pepper
- 2 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/2 cup panko crumbs
- 1 egg
- 8 pieces of green leaf lettuce
- 1 large tomato
- 1 small red onion
Yogurt Dill Sauce:
- 1 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper optional
- pinch of salt & pepper
Sweet Potato Fries
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Season the salmon fillets with a little salt and pepper and place onto a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into fries, try to make them of equal size to ensure an even bake. Place the sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Place the salmon on the top rack of the oven and the sweet potato fries on the middle rack and bake for 15 minutes.
- While the salmon is cooking, slice the tomato and half a red onion for the burger toppings. Also rinse 8 lettuce leaves. Set aside on a serving tray.
- Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the onions, red bell pepper and garlic for 3 minutes. Then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the egg, panko crumbs, dill, lemon, salt and pepper to the bowl and mix.
- Remove salmon from the oven and set it aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- Stir the sweet potato fries and pop the tray back into the oven to cook for another 5-10 minutes after this time turn off the oven to keep them warm.
- While the salmon is cooling, make the sauce by adding yogurt, dill, lemon juice, onion powder, and spices to a bowl and mixing well to combine.
- Once the salmon has cooled, remove the skin and flake the salmon into smaller pieces. Add the flaked salmon to a bowl along with the panko breadcrumbs, egg, and onion mixture. Mix well to combine, breaking up any clumps. Form this mixture into 4 salmon patties. Ensure to press them firmly or they will split.
- Quickly rinse the pan used to cook the onion mixture. Spray lightly with oil and then place the patties in the pan and cook on each side for approximately 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
- To assemble, place a piece of green lettuce on the plate. Top with salmon burger patty, sauce, tomato and then the onion. Top with another piece of lettuce. Using a knife and fork is the easiest way to eat these burgers.
Substitution: Omit the lettuce leaves and replace them with a regular burger bun instead. Allergy: For a gluten-free diet use Gluten-Free Panko crumbs.
Food Author at Housholdhealthy.com
Based in Saskatoon, SK
I’m a food author based in Canada. My household consists of 6 amazing people, so I have to constantly come up with new recipe ideas that fit all my family member’s likings. I care a lot about the ingredients used in my food. I joined Household Healthy because of that, and I am excited to share my recipes with all the families out there.
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