Salmon Burgers with Fresh Dill Sauce

Salmon Burger

Some foods just bring back memories of childhood. I am very fortunate that the memories I have of those times are warm and happy ones. Every night, my parents and me and my two brothers sat around our red kitchen table and had dinner together. One of the things that my mother made every week was salmon croquettes. It’s not something you would think kids would have liked necessarily, but oddly my brothers and I loved them. At least I think they did. I’ll have to ask them.

Anyway, I’ll take a salmon burger over a beef burger any day. Hamburgers are so 29 seconds ago. These aquatic burgers are filled with so many different ingredients they just exude flavor. I love to pair it with the fresh dill sauce which is the perfect creamy and lemony partner for the fish. Then you top the burger with the peppery arugula, and a toasted bun for crunch, and I promise you, you’ll never look at a beef burger again.

Mini Salmon Burgers in Pita Pockets

Salmon Burgers

Adapted From Food Network

  • 1 1/4 pounds fresh salmon filet
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons panko crumbs, plus extra to coat patties
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • sandwich buns
  • fresh arugula
  1. Pulse 1/4 pound salmon in a food processor with 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and a pinch of cayenne pepper. 
  2. Transfer this mixture to a medium bowl and mix with 1 pound of salmon that has been finely diced. You want it to be a little chunky so you can really taste the salmon. Add in 2 chopped scallions, 2 tablespoons of panko crumbs, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. I used a cookie cutter about the same size as my bun and pressed the mixture into the cutter to create uniform sized patties. Pressing the mixture into the cutter also helps it keep it’s shape. Place on an oiled cookie sheet and chill for at least 30 minutes. You want the patties good and chilled so they will retain their shape. Heat canola oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high. Cook the patties about 3-4 minutes on each side. You want them to cook through, but be careful they don’t burn. Don’t let the oil get too hot.
  4. Drain the patties on a paper towel.
  5. Toast buns, top pattie with dill sauce and fresh arugula.

Mini Salmon Burgers in Pita Pockets

Dill Sauce 

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • fresh, ground pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Salmon Burger

Salmon Burger

Mama’s Tips:

To make this sandwich even more perfect, butter a griddle and toast your buns til golden on the edges. It gives this sandwich a lovely added crunch.

If you have a cast iron skillet, use it instead of a regular frying pan. Fill you pan with the oil about 1/4 inch deep and don’t place the patties in the pan until the oil is hot. Cast iron skillets retain heat and evenly distribute the heat better than the standard frying pan.. Your patties will also get a nice crust on them. That’s a good thing.

To clean your skillet, use a washcloth and rinse with hot water and immediately dry the skillet. Never, ever put one in a dishwasher. Season your pan by rubbing with a paper bowl and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Gently heat the pan to help the oil soak in. (From Bon Appetit).

Recipe: Intermediate

45 Comments on “Salmon Burgers with Fresh Dill Sauce”

  1. Karyl says:

    Yum! This will be dinner for Saturday!

  2. floptimism says:

    These look so fantastic! I haven’t had much luck with fish burgers – I’ve made salmon and tuna burgers before and both have fallen to pieces, leaving me with more of a salmon/tuna salad. I’ll definitely give these a try, though!

  3. Yum this looks delicious!

  4. zombiesgirl says:

    Fish burgers were not meant to look this good

  5. Those are SO pretty and really wonderfully presented!

  6. This looks fanatic 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. thefoodery says:

    I love the idea of this panko-crusted salmon burger, and since my husband doesn’t like salmon, more for me!

  8. These are so gorgeous! I could definitely make these when my girlfriends come over and get full!

  9. This Salmon burger is one of the (prettiest) I’ve seen! Looks fresh, gorgeous, crispy and by your wonderful description I can almost tast the dill sauce!

  10. Ellen Pressman says:

    Sheryl, my mom made salmon croquettes often too, and I loved them. Of course she used the canned salmon, and who knows what she mixed in, but I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

  11. I would take this salmon burger over a beef burger any day. Looks delicious and the dill sauce sounds wonderful!

  12. Frances Yeo says:

    Omg, this looks so divine and I want to make it for my family. Sadly, we don’t have a food processor. Do you think I can just make the patties with purely finely diced salmon instead and mix everything by hand?

  13. I am a big salmon fan and have previously served salmon fillets on burger but this looks divine. I am saving the recipe to try out on a Friday Eve…. Thanks for a lovely post.

  14. mary1958 says:

    OMG… My husband is going to LOVE this one! Off to the market to get the ingredients to make this!

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  16. kat says:

    everything looks perfect!

  17. Tara Noland says:

    This looks so good I am going to add it to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this coming Monday. Come on by to see at It was hard to pick just one from your lovely site. Everything looks so good!!! Cheers, Tara

  18. Awesome burger. I love them both in burger form and pita form. I think I could have one of each in one sitting, what do you think? 🙂

  19. beti says:

    ok, now I need salmon. They look amazing

  20. NickkiT says:

    That looks wonderful!

  21. Beautiful photographs – these look delicious and I can’t wait to try them!

  22. Kat says:

    These look gorgeous! I love the idea of having a pita pocket burger!

  23. They look scrumptious! I always love a good salmon burger.

  24. Mama, quit making me drool!

    I actually make something very similar to what you have going on here, except it’s a twist on crabcakes: I do roughly equal parts salmon & potato cakes instead, and also served with fresh dill sauce. Yours look mouthwatering though!

  25. Karyl says:

    I made these last weekend. Excellent! Thanks!

  26. Thanks, you just gave me some great ideas for this Memorial day weekend. It’ll be a nice alternative to the burgers and BBQ chicken.

  27. Carolyn Jung says:

    I’m with you on that — I’d much prefer a salmon or ahi tuna burger any day over a beef one. Just so much more interesting. And these look irresistible.

  28. This is a great idea! I am normally put off beef burgers, but I hadn’t thought of a salmon burger. Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  29. Ugh, this is making me too hungry! Looks sooo crispy. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  30. sybaritica says:

    It all looks great but the Pita pockets are really excellent…. good pictures!

  31. Looks yumm n healthy! would surely try it!

  32. Delicious – I’ll be making this next time I can get the bf to eat salmon again!

  33. mary catherine says:

    made this for dinner for my boyfriend last night, but used frozen salmon and added half an egg yolk instead of mayo. they were DELICIOUS! this will be our new go-to meal!

  34. I’m definitely sending this recipe over to The Chef! I’ve been looking for a great salmon burger recipe for him to cook up for me:) Thanks!

  35. These look lovely, I have literally gone through all your recipes and everything everything is absolutely gorgeous. The pictures are so beautiful done so artistically. I love your blog am a big fan.

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