Salmon Burgers

I absolutely love salmon. I usually buy the large filets at Costco and cook them on the grill. We usually don’t eat it all so this is one of my favorite ways to use up the rest of it.

These salmon burgers can be made in less than 20 minutes!  They are a delicious dinner or lunch for the whole family.

You can also use salmon in a can if you don’t normally by the filets. This is one of those great pantry meals that comes together in less than 20 minutes!

Salmon Burgers

Yield 8


  • Two cans boneless, skinless salmon, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (or 3/4 crush Ritz crackers and 1/4 cup cornmeal)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (you can use low fat)
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. You might need to adjust the amount of bread crumbs a little to make sure you can form the patties.
  2. Form the mixture into eight patties (similar to hamburgers).
  3. On medium heat coat a frying pan with vegetable oil, then melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan.
  4. Fry your salmon patties for about 4 minutes on each side until they are a beautiful golden color.
  5. Set on a paper towel to blot any extra oil.
  6. Serve on a bun with your choice of toppings. We like lettuce and mayo at our house.

Courses Main Dish

salmon burger


  1. Oh, you just took me back to my childhood. My mom used to make Salmon Cakes (or patties as she called them) I haven’t had them in years. I think it’s time I introduced them to my kids! She used to used crushed Ritz crackers instead of bread crumbs. Yummy yummy.

  2. We love these! We eat them on buttermilk biscuits with a slice of tomato! Oh, my mom used saltines, so do I.

  3. What size can of Salmon?

  4. I love making salmon (or tuna, or bean) cakes for quick dinners through the week. They’re pretty healthy and incredibly quick to whip up. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We love salmon patties! My children don’t actually know they are eating salmon 🙂 The only thing I don’t like about salmon is the smell, YUCK! So, my mother in law taught me a little trick. Cook the patties in your cast iron skillet on the grill outside. We live in Michigan and sometimes you have to shovel out your grill to use it, but I think it’s worth it not to smell salmon for two days 🙂

  6. These look great!

  7. My children love salmon patties also. We eat them with raw onion and mustard.
    I stick my patties in the freezer after forming them. Then I lightly coat them in flour sprinkled with black pepper, before frying them. I think the freezing step helps them to crisp up and hold together better.

  8. Are those homemade rolls? Is so, how do you shape them to bake so pretty?

  9. Oooh these sound delish! I think I’m going to have to give them a try =)

  10. Your table looks so beautiful it makes me want to try this recipe – even though I’m a little scared of canned salmon…hee hee.

  11. Wow, we love salmon patties, but I never thought to make a sandwich out of them! Sounds like dinner to me! Thanks for the idea!

  12. can you grill them on the grill??

  13. My mom used to make “salmon balls”….she rolled them up in balls and would deep fry them. This so took me back to those days! I think I need to make them ASAP!

  14. These look awesome! My hubby would love this.

  15. Wow I just opened up a can of salmon because I wanted to try this recipe, and found that it still had large pieces of skin mixed in and an intact back bone still in the meat! after having to pick out all the skin and bones I’m not feeling too keen on trying this again. Please tell me all canned salmon is not that disgusting! It does seem to stink like tuna, which Ive never noticed while using the frozen salmon filets so maybe its just a canned fish thing.

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      There are two different types of canned salmon. You’ll need to buy the kind without the skin and bones. 🙂

  16. Anyone have a preference in brands of canned salmon? My mom used to make these when I was young, but since then, I’ve become very picky about fish. I want to try making these, but I want a good quality, non-fishy tasting salmon.

  17. My grandmother made these. It’s funny, she’d pick out all the bones from the can and put them in little bowl. I ate one and loved it. Every time she made them from then on I was at the counter top trying to eat some bones. Anyone else ever do that? 🙂 No, I did not eat the skin, but those little back bones were the best. hahahaha


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