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Salmon-Basil Burgers
with green bean “fries”

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Salmon burgers are a lighter variation on the classic hamburger. This version is served with a tangy sauce that is also used as a dipping sauce for green bean “fries." Our community loved these burgers when they were first featured in 2015.
Smarts: We know that it’s a stretch to call green beans “fries,” but we do think they are nearly as fun to dip as their starchy counterpart. Just be sure not to overcook the beans so they still retain some crunch.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Salmon-Basil Burgers:
  • Basil leaves, fresh - 8 leaves, finely chopped
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Panko - 1/2 cup
  • Eggs - 1
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, drained and rinsed
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Lettuce, romaine - 4 leaves, leaves torn (sub iceberg)
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, sliced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Hamburger buns - 4
Balsamic Aioli:
  • Mayonnaise - 6 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
Green Bean “Fries”:
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make balsamic aioli - Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, and lemon zest. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Basil / Green beans - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make salmon patties - Rinse salmon and pat dry. Use a knife to chop up the salmon meat. Combine salmon, panko, egg, basil, capers, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Form into 3/4” / 2 cm thick patties (1 patty / serving). The patty should feel quite wet, but if it feels too wet to hold together, add some additional panko. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Lettuce / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then salmon patties to heated oil. Sear on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium, cover pan with a lid or foil, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until patties feel firm to touch. Remove from heat and let rest for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Place green beans in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with a wet paper towel and microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, until tender but still a bit crunchy.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice over green beans and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Toast buns.
  5. Assemble salmon burgers with half the balsamic aioli (reserve the other half), salmon patties, lettuce, and tomatoes. Serve green beans on the side with the remaining half of balsamic aioli for dipping. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (80)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (11)
Vegetarian (12)

Most Helpful

This was DELICIOUS. My husband is not into veg stuff too much, and he loved this lentil-walnut burger, the texture and color were surprisingly a lot like beef. The 4 servings made 5 generous patties (almost needed larger buns). Dried basil worked just fine with it. I added an extra egg, and only having 10 oz of mushrooms I added an extra ounce of the walnuts. We topped it with sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and the mayo without lemon. I used dry lentils, which I cooked in the instant pot (1 cup to 1 3/4cup chicken broth for 15 min) and that was a perfect texture for this.

By: Kristine
Posted: May 28, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

50 reviews

Very tasty. The crisp capers in the burgers were delicious

By: Dani
Posted: Sep 23, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I love salmon burgers, but I think I'm better off ordering them at a restaurant to get the right cook on them. Mine were a little dry.

By: Kate
Posted: Sep 20, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So good. The aioli was super simple and flavorful. Served the cakes over rice rather than eating them as burgers.

By: Alana
Posted: Jul 26, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was ok. Just did sweet potato fries instead of the beans. Burgers were good and easy, sauce was nice and a little different from what I normally put on salmon burgers. Yummy but not on my make again list.

By: Ila
Posted: Dec 07, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Excellent. Family favorite.

By: Patrick
Posted: Feb 05, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

These were different and good! Liked the Basil and mushrooms

By: Markell
Posted: Jul 26, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful