Salmon Burger Recipe

This Salmon Burger Recipe uses canned salmon for an easy and weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. An easy, make ahead seafood dinner that’s going to rival any restaurant.

Looking for more easy salmon recipes? Try my Honey Glazed Salmon Meatballs or this easy Salmon Salad Recipe.

A Salmon Burger with pineapple on top

These Salmon Burgers Have The Best Garlic Basil Sauce

Salmon is kind of a stretch for me. I like fish but salmon was definitely a fish I had to learn to like. Still if salmon were the only thing to order for the fish choice on a menu I’d probably pass.

But these Salmon Burgers are so good – even if you think you don’t like salmon you’re going to love them.

The best part about these burgers is the garlic basil mayonnaise. The more you put on the better. It kind of goes along the same lines as a tarter sauce on fish – but this mayo is so much better.

How To Make Salmon Burgers 

For this recipe you have to start by making the garlic basil mayonnaise because it actually goes inside the salmon burger. So it’s not only on top of the burger but mixed in with the salmon too.

The burgers come together pretty easily, just mix canned salmon into a bowl with eggs, onion, parsley, panko, lemon zest and the garlic basil mayonnaise. Canned salmon is totally fine for these burgers, but we’ve also made them with a piece of leftover fresh salmon too.

Form the mixture into 4 patties and get them into a large skillet with some canola oil.

Three raw salmon burgers being cooked in a pan

Flip them over and let them brown for a few more minutes on the second side.

Salmon burgers being cooked in a pan

After the salmon burgers are done you can throw a few slices of pineapple in the skillet just to warm them up, or put them on a grill pan like I did.

What Toppings Do You Put On Salmon Burgers?

Now just get those burgers onto a bun and start topping. Lettuce, pineapple and lots of the garlic basil mayonnaise works for me!

A Salmon Burger with pineapple on top and sauce dripping

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A Salmon Burger with pineapple on top and the top bun missing

Salmon Burger Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

These Salmon Burgers use canned salmon for an easy and healthy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Best of all, these salmon burgers have the best garlic basil mayo sauce in them!



  • 13 ounces canned salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon, zested and then juiced
  • 4 tablespoons Garlic Basil Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • Lettuce for topping the burgers


  1. Add the salmon, eggs, onion, panko, parsley, salt, pepper, lemon zest and garlic basil mayonnaise to a bowl. Mix gently to combine and form into 4 patties.
  2. Heat a large skillet with canola or vegetable oil over medium high heat. Place the salmon burgers into the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes until browned. Carefully turn to the other side and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  3. After the burgers come out of the pan, place the four slices of pineapple in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate to cool.
  4. Place each burger on a bun and top with grilled pineapple, lettuce and more garlic basil mayonnaise.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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