Canned Salmon Burger

recipe for making salmon patties

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Today I’m sharing a heartwarming story about a family recipe that has become a staple in our household: the canned salmon burger. This journey of flavors began during a family reunion at my grandmother’s lakeside cottage. The air was filled with laughter, and the aroma of something delicious wafted from the kitchen. Grandma, with her apron dusted in flour, was skillfully shaping patties out of a pink mixture. Curious, I asked what she was making. “Salmon burgers, my dear,” she replied with a smile. I was intrigued, never having thought to use canned salmon in such a creative way.

As the patties sizzled in the pan, she shared stories of her youth, of times when ingredients were scarce, and how she had improvised with what was available. Canned salmon, a pantry staple, turned into a gourmet delight in her skilled hands. That day, as we sat around the table, savoring each bite of those delectably crisp, yet tender salmon burgers, I realized the power of simple ingredients and the magic they could create.

Years later, I find myself recreating this recipe in my own kitchen. Each time, it takes me back to that sunny afternoon by the lake, the warmth of family, and the wisdom passed down through generations. Now, let me share with you how to bring this humble, yet spectacular dish to your table.

How to prepare Canned Salmon Burger

To prepare a delicious canned salmon burger, start by gathering your ingredients: canned salmon, bread crumbs, finely chopped onion, an egg, and some olive oil for frying. Begin by thoroughly draining the salmon. In a mixing bowl, combine the salmon with bread crumbs, finely chopped onion, and the egg. Mix well. Shape this mixture into patties. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry the patties until they are golden brown on both sides, ensuring they are cooked through and crisp. These salmon burgers offer a delightful blend of simplicity and flavor, perfect for a quick and nutritious meal, below are ingredients with step by step instructions.

For the complete recipe, including precise measurements and additional tips, please read below.

Cooking Canned Salmon Burger


  • 1 can (14.75 oz) of salmon, drained and flaked
  • 3/4 cup of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine Ingredients: In a bowl, mix the flaked salmon, breadcrumbs, onion, and beaten egg. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Form Patties: Shape the mixture into four evenly sized patties.
  3. Cook: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place the patties in the skillet, cooking for about 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.

This recipe offers a delightful homemade twist to the canned salmon burger, ensuring a unique and flavorful experience. Serve these burgers with your favorite toppings or sides for a complete meal.

Variations and Cooking Methods for Canned Salmon Burgers

Seasoning Variations: Experiment with different seasonings like dill, garlic powder, or a pinch of cayenne pepper for added flavor.

Texture Variations: For a different texture, try adding finely chopped vegetables like bell peppers or celery to the salmon mixture.

Cooking Methods: Besides pan-frying, you can bake the salmon patties in the oven at 375°F for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway, or even grill them for a smoky flavor.

Serving Suggestions: Serve these burgers on whole-grain buns with lettuce, tomato, and your choice of sauce, or enjoy them atop a fresh salad for a lighter meal.

Pairing Side Dish for Salmon Burgers

Here are some side dish suggestions that pair well with salmon patties:

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries: A sweet and savory contrast to the salmon patties.

Classic Coleslaw: Adds a crunchy and creamy texture.

Oven-roasted Asparagus: A light and healthy option.

Quinoa Salad: Offers a wholesome, grain-based side.

Sautéed Spinach: A simple and nutritious choice.

Serving Canned Salmon Burger

Frequent Asked Questions:

What can I use instead of bread crumbs in salmon patties?

Alternative options include crushed crackers, panko, or even cooked quinoa for a gluten-free version.

How do you keep salmon patties from falling apart?

Ensuring the right balance of wet to dry ingredients and refrigerating the patties before cooking can help maintain their shape.

Can I bake salmon patties instead of frying?

Yes, baking is a healthier alternative. Try baking them at 375°F for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Are canned salmon burgers healthy?

Canned salmon is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making these burgers a nutritious choice.

What are good toppings for a salmon burger?

Classic options include lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce. For a twist, try avocado or a spicy mayo.

Can I use fresh salmon instead of canned for these burgers?

Absolutely! Cook and flake the fresh salmon before using it in the recipe.

How long can I store uncooked salmon patties in the fridge?

They typically last 1-2 days in the fridge when stored properly in an airtight container.

Can salmon burgers be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze them either cooked or uncooked for up to 3 months.

What sides go well with salmon burgers?

Consider pairing with a light salad, sweet potato fries, or steamed vegetables.

How can I make a gluten-free salmon burger?

Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or a substitute like almond flour to make them gluten-free.

recipe for making salmon patties

Canned Salmon Burgers

Master the art of making canned salmon burgers with our comprehensive guide. From selecting ingredients to serving suggestions, we cover everything you need for a tasty, healthy meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 patties


  • 1 can 14.75 oz of salmon
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare the Salmon: Drain and flake the canned salmon.
  • Mix: Combine salmon, breadcrumbs, onion, and egg in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Form Patties: Divide the mixture into four patties.
  • Cook: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.


Serve these burgers with your preferred toppings for a delicious meal.
Keyword burger, patties, salmon, seafood

For those seeking more inspiration or a variety of ways to enhance their canned salmon burger experience, I highly recommend visiting Delicious Meets Healthy. Their page on Salmon Patties offers a wealth of additional recipes and tips, perfect for anyone looking to explore different flavors and serving options. Whether it’s finding the perfect side dish or mastering the art of the perfect salmon patty, their insights are invaluable for both novice and experienced cooks alike. Check out their delightful suggestions and recipes here: Delicious Meets Healthy – Salmon Patties

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