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Salmon-Basil Burgers
with green bean “fries”

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Salmon burgers are a lighter variation on the classic hamburger. This version is served with a tangy sauce that is also used for dipping green bean “fries." Our community loved these burgers when they were last featured in 2018.
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.



Salmon-Basil Burgers:
  • Basil leaves, fresh - 8 leaves , finely chopped
  • Salmon - 1 lb
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 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


  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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  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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