As much as I enjoy a good hamburger, I love coming up with healthy alternatives to a traditional beef patty. Although hamburgers are high in protein and iron, they are also high in saturated fat and should be avoided by anyone trying to lower their cholesterol. I’ve shared a few healthy alternatives to hamburgers including Mexican Chicken Burgers and a delicious Shrimp Burger and wanted to experiment with omega-3 rich salmon.
I think one of the biggest issues with making patties with ingredients other then ground meat is that they are often hard to hold together and self-destruct when cooked. I find that when using salmon, it’s best to cut the fillet into chunks and pulse in a food processor until it’s broken into a chunky mince. If you don’t have a food processor or want to avoid washing another dish you can chop the salmon into a mince using a sharp knife.
I seasoned the salmon patties with fresh herbs and lemon to compliment the relatively strong flavour of the fish. I serve the burgers on a lettuce leaf and topped them with a delicious tartar sauce, tomato and red onion.
These burgers have so much flavour and are so tender and juicy, you definitely won’t miss the beef patty, or the bun! You could also serve the patties with a light salad, or make mini versions and enjoy them as an appetizer, they are so versatile!
- 500g boneless salmon fillet, skin removed
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup almond flour
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup mayonnaise (see recipe below)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 1 tbsp chopped chives
- 1 pickle, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1 head lettuce, washed
- Cut the salmon fillet into large chunks and place in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds until its broken into a chunky mince. Remove the salmon from the processor and place in a bowl.
- Add to the salmon mince the lemon zest, juice, chopped chives, parsley, red onion, eggs, almond flour, salt and pepper. Using your hands mush everything together until well blended.
- Divide the mixture into 7 balls and flatten until they are approximately 1 to 1½ inches thick, don't flatten them too much or they will fall apart when cooked.
- The patties can be cooked for 4 minutes per side in a frying pan with approximately 1 tsp of oil or on a well oiled grill. Flip when they are golden and crisp in colour.
- To make the tartar sauce you can make the mayo from scratch or use a preferred brand. To make the mayonnaise crack one egg into a tall and narrow bowl. Add the salt, lemon juice and oil and using a hand blender, blend everything together. Make sure you have one hand on the bowl to ensure nothing goes flying. The mayonnaise will form after just 15-20 seconds of blending.
- This will make approximately 1 cup of mayonnaise but you only need to use half for the tartar sauce.
- In a bowl combine the ½ cup mayonnaise with lemon juice, chopped fresh herbs and finely chopped pickle. Stir
- To serve the burgers place on a lettuce leaf and top with a slice of onion, tomato and a spoonful of the tartar sauce.