June 20, 2018

Salmon burgers with lemon-chipotle mayo

Lemon chipotle mayo on top of a salmon burger.

I love to make salmon patties with canned salmon. I think they are delicious and salmon is so healthy for you (and canned salmon is an economical seafood choice). I was inspired by those patties to make them into something like a burger. 

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Also, I'm so very excited to report that both of my kids ate them (I put ranch on theirs instead of the chipotle mayo). I made the burgers mild because we were feeding two toddlers as well, but otherwise I would have added more chiptole to the burgers themselves (feel free to add a pepper if you like). 

Making burgers from canned salmon is also a time-saver! They salmon is already cooked and there are no bones - all you need to do is add flavor, form the patties, and give them a quick fry in a skillet. 

This recipe will make four burgers. I topped ours with lettuce and tomato and served them on a kaiser roll with a side of sliced pickles and roasted local asparagus.

Serving a salmon burger with lemon chipotle mayo.

Salmon burgers with lemon-chipotle mayo
for the burgers:
2 (6 oz.) cans of wild pink salmon
1/3 cup crushed cracker crumbs (or breadcrumbs)
1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce
1 large egg
olive oil, for cooking

for the mayo:
1/3 cup mayo
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce (to taste)

Mix the mayo ingredients in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

Mix all the burger ingredients together until well combined.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large castiron skillet over medium heat. Form the salmon mixture into four patties. Place in the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden and heated through.

Serve hot on split rolls with the mayo and toppings of your choice.

Serving a salmon burger with lemon chipotle burger on a roll with lettuce and tomato.


  1. Anything with salmon has got to be DELICIOUS! That's a great sandwich, Amy.

  2. I have never tried canned salmon. We love salmon and I often buy fresh. I'm going to have to try the canned version.

  3. I make a similar salmon burger -- good stuff! But what I don't make -- BUT WILL!!! -- is this lemon-chipotle mayo. Wow, what a great idea! Thanks. :-)

  4. These look great! I love the canned salmon from Costco. It would be perfect in these!

  5. These make a fabulous change from beef burgers and the mayo is extra special! Can't wait to give them a try.

  6. I am drooling at those burgers... they sound so good... after all anything with salmon has to be delicious...

  7. Your salmon burger with the lemon chipotle mayo is a nice change of pace from the usual beef burger...I bet it is delicious.

  8. Salmon always hits my spot! And chipotle too!

  9. I love this recipe- I have made something similar, but the addition of chipotle makes this so different and fun!

  10. i made salmon burgers this summer for the first time. i was surprised how easy they were! :)


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