Our Easy Salmon Burgers Recipe is bursting with flavor — it’s always a surefire hit! Made with fresh salmon, warm spices, breadcrumbs, and a hint of parmesan cheese, then cooked to perfection on the stovetop, these burgers are both nutritious and delicious. Top them off with creamy avocado, crisp lettuce, zesty red onion, and vibrant scallions for a salmon burger that’s simply irresistible!

An open faced salmon burger with avocado, red onion, and lettuce.

What Are Salmon Burgers and Why You Need Them In Your Life

Move over beef burgers! Salmon burgers are on the menu tonight and honestly, for the foreseeable future. They’re just that good. 

Salmon burgers are patties made with a combination of salmon, herbs, spices, bread crumbs, and cheese. Shaped into discs and served on a bun, they resemble traditional burgers but have a completely different flavor profile.

A fun way to switch up your dinner rotation, these salmon burgers are full of protein and healthy fats. Plus, they’re bursting with drool-worthy flavor. We love to serve ours loaded with toppings! 

No matter how you load your salmon burgers up, they’re a quick, easy option that’s perfect for every occasion. Plus, they’re a great way to introduce new foods to picky eaters. 

Are Salmon Burgers Healthy? 

Yes! They aren’t low-calorie, but they’re full of protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. As a result, they’re a nutritious addition to your burger repertoire. 

Most of the nutritional benefits of this recipe come from the salmon. Not only is it tasty, but salmon also has a wide variety of health benefits. For instance, it:

  • Is an excellent source of high-quality protein
  • Is rich in vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium, phosphorus, and magnesium. 
  • Provides a good source of omega-3 fatty acids

Salmon Burger Ingredients You’ll Need

These salmon burgers feature simple ingredients and warm spices for a savory recipe that we guarantee will tantalize your tastebuds. 

  • Salmon – Uncooked salmon filets form the base of the burgers. Feel free to use any type of salmon you like best. 
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – These help hold the burgers together. Feel free to use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Use freshly grated Parmesan and not pre-shredded varieties from the store! 
  • Fresh Herbs & Spices – You’ll need garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, onion powder, chopped parsley, salt, and black pepper.
  • Green Onion – This adds a subtle tang and just a hint of crunch. 
  • Olive Oil – Use as little or as much as needed to coat the bottom of your pan. 

How to Make This Easy Salmon Burgers Recipe

Making salmon burgers might sound complicated, but it’s easy to do!

  1. Combine. Add all the ingredients for the salmon patties to the bowl of a food processor. Then, pulse until the salmon is fine and the ingredients combine completely.

Note: Be careful not to overprocess! You don’t want the mixture to be completely mushy. 

  1. Shape the burgers. Divide the mixture into equal portions, and form the patties into circles with your hands.
  2. Cook. Heat oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Cook the salmon burgers on the stovetop on either side until their internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Enjoy! Serve your fish burgers in buns with your toppings of choice, and dig in while it’s warm. 
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What Do You Put On a Salmon Burger? 

We love to serve our salmon burgers on toasted buns with avocado, shredded lettuce, red onion, and green onion. The flavor options are endless, though! Feel free to mix and match all your favorite dips and toppings to make these burgers your own. 

For instance, some of our favorite options include: 

  • Romaine or Butter lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Caramelized onions
  • Sliced cheese (Cheddar, Harvarti, Provolone, etc.) 
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • Toum 
  • Tzatziki
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh dill
  • Lemon zest
Close up image of an open-faced salmon burger with avocado, red onion, and shredded lettuce.

Serving Suggestions

These burgers are a great option for cookouts and gatherings and pair well with all your favorite sides, salads, and appetizers! Some tasty options include: 

How to Store

This salmon burger recipe is best enjoyed right away while the burgers are still warm. However, if needed, you can store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. 

  • To Store: Allow your burgers to cool completely. Then, transfer them to a sealable bag or airtight container, and keep them in the fridge for up to two days
  • To Freeze: Wrap each burger in parchment paper, and transfer them to a freezer-safe container. They will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months
  • To Reheat: Let your frozen salmon burgers thaw in the fridge overnight. Heat them in a skillet over medium or medium-low heat just until warm.

Common Questions About This Salmon Burgers Recipe

What is the white stuff coming out of my salmon burgers? 

The white stuff that seeps out of salmon as it cooks is a type of protein known as albumin. It doesn’t look super appetizing, but it’s safe to eat. 

How do I know when my salmon burgers are done? 

Your burgers are ready to eat when they’re light golden brown. A meat thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can I use canned salmon? 

We don’t recommend using salmon. The pre-cooked meat does not yield the same taste or texture. Canned salmon is best suited for salmon patties instead of burgers.

More Ways to Use Salmon 

Whether you’re trying to sneak more fish into your diet or just love salmon, you won’t want to miss out on more of our favorite salmon recipes! 

A salmon burger topped with avocado, red onion, shredded lettuce, and green onion.

Easy Salmon Burgers Recipe

3.78 from 18 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Learn how to make this easy salmon burgers recipe for a delicious, family-friendly meal that’s full of flavor, protein, and nutrients! 


  • 1 ½ pounds salmon filet skin removed and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 stalks green onion roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Toasted buns of choice
  • Optional: avocado shredded lettuce, red onion, green onion, and Romaine leaves or Butter lettuce leaves, for serving


  • Place the salmon chunks, panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, onion powder, green onion, salt, pepper, and parsley into a food processor.
    1 ½ pounds salmon filet, ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 2 stalks green onion, Kosher salt, Black pepper, ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • Pulse until the salmon is finely chopped and the ingredients are well combined. Be careful not to overprocess! There should be some texture.
  • Divide the salmon mixture into equal portions, and shape them into patties.
  • Heat the olive oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium heat.
    1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Place the salmon patties in the heated pan, and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until they’re cooked through and golden brown and have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • While the salmon burgers are cooking, toast the buns, if desired.
    Toasted buns of choice
  • Once the salmon patties are cooked, transfer them to the toasted buns.
  • Added chopped avocado, lettuce, red onion and green onion for garnish.
    Optional: avocado
  • Top each patty with fresh romaine or butter lettuce leaves.
  • Serve the salmon burgers immediately, and enjoy!
  • Transfer leftover burgers to an airtight container, and store them in the fridge for up to two days.


Note: Feel free to add your favorite toppings such as sliced tomatoes, red onion, avocado, or a flavorful sauce to customize your salmon burgers according to your preferences.

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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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