Salmon Burger with My Sister's Famous (Well, We Love It) Tartar Sauce

Photo by: solitarycook

by solitarycook

about 1 year ago

Good, wild canned salmon is both commonly available and affordable these days. I keep a few cans in the pantry for times when I need food NOW, but am short on either time or inspiration. It's good in salads, but it's great for burgers!

As for the tartar sauce, my sister began making it years ago, and once I tasted it, I realized that I'd kissed the pickle-based sauces goodbye forever.

Serves 2 standard size, or 4-6 sliders


  • 6 ounce can wild Alaskan salmon
  • 1 stalk celery, very fine dice
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sea or kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil

My Sister's Famous (Well, We Love It) Tartar Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or if you want to reduce the fat content, use Greek yogurt)
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 generous tablespoon fresh dill, finely minced
  • 1/4 yellow onion, very finely diced
  • Sea or kosher salt and pepper to taste
  1. Open can of salmon and drain well. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the celery, Panko, and eggs. Break up chunks of salmon and stir to blend everything together. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in red pepper flakes, too. Set aside for Panko to hydrate while you prepare the tartar sauce.
  2. Whisk all tartar sauce ingredients together in a mixing bowl. When done serving, refrigerate leftovers. Also excellent as a dip for French fries.
  3. Use your hands to shape into whichever size patties you wish: conventional burger-sized, or smaller for sliders.
  4. Warm a skillet filmed with olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add your patties. Fry until each size is nicely crisped, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. While burgers are cooking, toast buns to a golden brown under a broiler. Remove and slather with tartar sauce.
  6. When burger patties are done, remove burgers to buns. Garnish with curls of red onion and serve immediately.

Nutrition Info:


  • 435 calories
  • 35g total fat
  • 7g saturated fat
  • 188mg cholesterol
  • 535mg sodium
  • 7g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 4g sugar)
  • 23g protein
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