Sockeye Salmon Burgers with Lemon & Dill Mayo

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    On Friday, I officially changed my legal name! I decided to go to the social security administration during my lunch break. For some reason, I was really optimistic about getting in and out in an hour and it really did happen. I think it’s because I went on a Friday at 2pm and they close at 3pm so they wanted to get everyone done and over with so they wouldn’t have to stay late. The place is zoo though – so many people in a tiny room with metal benches. I feel like it’s worse than the DMV (which I’ll be going to on Tuesday, so I’ll let you know how that goes, lol). It’s a depressing site, but at least I got what I needed to do done! I’ve been practicing my new signature all weekend. It’s not pretty. It’s just a bunch of squiggles after Julie W, lol

    I had so many ideas on how to use this gorgeous fish. I wanted to grill it but I also wanted to create salmon burgers with it. We still have about 3/4 pound of it left so we’ll likely grill it sometime this week but on Saturday, I decided to make these salmon burgers! These were probably one of the best salmon burgers I’ve ever had. Not saying that because of how I made it, but moreso the fresh salmon made all the difference in the world. The salmon was so buttery and vibrant in color. It had the perfect salmon taste. I can see why these fishermen are so proud of this catch every year. These really are worth every penny. I’m a total convert and I will definitely miss them when the season is over. I should buy a ton now and freeze them for year-round deliciousness :)

    I tired to make these salmon burgers as unadulterated as possible so you could REALLY taste the freshness of the sockeye salmon. You can use this recipe for any salmon, of course, but I highly suggest the splurge on sockeye!

    Sockeye Salmon Burgers with Lemon & Dill Mayo

    This entire burger, made with fresh salmon, just melts in your mouth!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 558kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 15 oz skinless sockeye salmon, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 3 tbsp panko breadcrumbs + 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
    • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
    • Juice of half a lemon
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 4 rolls, cut in half

    For the lemon & dill mayo:

    • 2 tbsp low-fat mayo
    • 3 tbsp plain non-fat Greek yogurt
    • Juice of half a lemon
    • Handful of dill, chopped


    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 tbsp. of panko, parsley, scallions, Dijon mustard, mayo, juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Set aside. In a medium bowl, place 3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs in and set that aside as well.
    • In a food processor, pulse the salmon pieces TWICE. No more or your salmon will turn into a paste. You want small and large chunks to give it texture.
    • Add the salmon to the bowl of the panko mixture and using your hands, mix gently together, being careful not to overwork the mixture. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, measure out the salmon and form them into patties. After each patty is formed, place the patty into the medium bowl with the pank breadcrumbs. Cover both sides with panko then place the patty on the prepared baking sheet. Once all patties have been formed and coated, place baking sheet into fridge for about 10 minutes to help the coating stick.
    • In a large skillet, heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot and glistening, cook two salmon patties at a time. Cook each side about 2 minutes each. They should have a nice brown crust.
    • Mix together the ingredients for the lemon & dill mayo and spread on one half of a roll and place the salmon patty on top. Add another dollop on top of the salmon patty and place the other half of the roll on top.
    • Serve warm.


    Nutrition Facts
    Sockeye Salmon Burgers with Lemon & Dill Mayo
    Amount Per Serving (1 Burger)
    Calories 558 Calories from Fat 351
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 39g60%
    Carbohydrates 26g9%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 26g52%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Kathryn says:

    Congrats on the name change Mrs W! These burgers sound really great especially with that vibrant lemon and dill mayo!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    A squiggle is totally acceptable, well… in my book anyway :) I never adjusted to writing my married name so it’s just squiggles. Funny how in school you always practice writing your name different with the boy of the moments last name and then when its really time to switch you can’t manage to make it pretty. Anyway – good luck with the dmv ;)

  • Tieghan says:

    Congrats on changing your name! How exciting!
    Love this burgers! They look moist and so flavorful! Perfect for summertime!

  • Tracey says:

    I love, love, love the sound of these burgers! We’ve been on a huge salmon kick lately but I’ve yet to make burgers. These must happen soon :)

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

    Congrats on the name change! And awesome that you got in and out so quickly! I did NOT have the same experience :)

    I love, love salmon burgers, and this lemon dill mayo sounds so good! Pinned!

  • Julie says:

    Congratulations on the name change. This recipe sounds amazing. I love salmon burgers so I can’t wait to try it.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Well I would never be able to serve these at dinner, my husband fears salmon, but I am totally into these for a single night by myself! I love salmon so this is a perfect way to go!

    Lovely pictures!

  • carrian says:

    So lovely, Julie!!

  • Maria says:

    Great burger idea!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I need in on this Copper River salmon stuff! Just a tinnnny bit jealous of how amazing that fish looks.
    ps- I do Mat….squiggle squiggle squiggle. Totally acceptable. You had 20+ years of writing your other name, this one will take some time ;)

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I’ve been married 7 years and my last name still looks like a squiggle sometimes. haha These look delicious! I love salmon burgers!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    These burgers sound fantastic! Congrats on the name change! :)

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks} says:

    Yum! We made some grilled Sockeye this weekend. It was amazing! Tis the season…. I agree, go for the splurge and enjoy. It’s well worth it!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Those salmon burgers look good and the lemon and dill combo goes so well with salmon!

  • Heather Christo says:

    These look absolutely wonderful Julie!! they would be a big hit in my family!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Congrats on the name change!! It took me nine months, cause I dreaded the idea of doing it. Urgh. And these look freakin’ divine. Can I come over for dinner?

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Totally my kind of dinner, Julie! The kids love salmon, too. Thanks!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    The name changing process is such a pain but itll be nice when its all done. These burgers look so amazing. You really cant beat fresh salmon. Yum. Why didnt you invite me over for these?? ;)

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    I don’t even like salmon yet I am fuhreeeaking out over these burgers. They look AMAZING, Julie!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Yay on the name change! So exciting! And these salmon burgers, whoa bessie, I could eat several of these bad boys!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Now this is my kind of burger! Yum!!!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    So glad that you did’t have to wait in a long line for the name change. Mine went pretty quick too.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Congrats on the name change, what a great burger!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    I LOVE salmon burgers!!! These look so good, Julie!

  • marla says:

    Love the idea of mixing up types of burgers & these salmon ones look great!

  • Kathy says:

    This is some of the best salmon in the world! I don’t think I’d ever place such a beautiful fish in a burger but at least it’s pretty.

  • nessa says:

    I love salmon burgers, and yours look fantastic!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Mmmm this looks delectable :) I’m not a fan of fish, but I’d still love to try this!

  • Jaclyn says:

    I love salmon! These look delicious Julie! Love this post!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    I love everything about this burger!

  • Jackie @ Domestic FIts says:

    It took me forever to change my name! Such a huge pain, and my gym membership is still in my maiden name because I’m too lazy to change that too.
    I love this burger, looks fantastic, perfect way to use some gorgeous copper river salmon.

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    This is some of the best fish you’ll ever taste! Love Copper River and I’ve been making some awesome dishes with it so far!
    Great job :)

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    Another wonderful summer recipe! I love salmon burgers but have never made them- I must try! And pairing with dill sounds just perfect.

    PS- I still have a weird new signature…it takes awhile!!

  • Trude says:

    These look amazing! Mmmm salmon…

  • Cathy says:

    These sound delish! Has anyone tried them by sauteing with less oil in a non-stick skillet, or baking them?

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