Fresh Salmon Burgers with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce


These are a little like crab cakes, but they're made with fresh salmon and grilled. The secret to juicy (not pasty!) salmon burgers is to chop the salmon coarsely with a knife.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 burgers



  • 2 ½ pounds salmon filet, skin and pin bones removed

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • cup finely chopped parsley

  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onions

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup plain dried bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • ½ cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 brioche buns, split and toasted

  • 2 cups fresh arugula


  1. Chop salmon into 1/8- to 1/4-inch pieces. Transfer to a bowl with 2 eggs, 2/3 cup parsley, 1/4 cup green onions, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, bread crumbs, seafood seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix together with your hands. Divide into 8 equal portions and pat into 3 1/2-inch patties (1/2 inch thick). Chill, covered, at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

  2. Stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons green onion, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat (325 degrees F to 375 degrees F).

  4. Brush patties with oil. Oil grate. Grill patties, turning carefully, until cooked through and a thermometer inserted in center of each patty registers 160 degrees F, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve on buns with sauce and arugula.

Cook's Note:

Avoid the temptation to use your food processor to chop the salmon. The secret to juicy (not pasty!) salmon burgers is to chop the salmon coarsely with a knife.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
21g Fat
30g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 793mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 617mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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