Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

I swear I am not totally burger obsessed! First the black bean burgers and now these salmon burgers and homemade tartar sauce. I wasn’t even paying attention and bought an eight pack of burger buns! Actually, I’m glad the lifeless buns were sitting on my kitchen counter. They inspired me to use the salmon I had in my freezer and make these burgers. I paired them with my award winning tartar sauce – it really did win an award in my culinary school class! While exploring the foods of Great Britain, I made fish and chips and this tartar sauce.

Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

I have to share a secret with you. I committed a crime to make these burgers. I did not have any lemons so I hiked up the hill and stole two from my neighbor’s backyard tree. I hope they don’t mind, they had about a hundred more on the tree. I desperately needed the bright, citrus flavors for these burgers and tartar sauce. I’ll make them cookies and leave a note thanking them.

Enjoy these burgers and don’t steal…it’s wrong!

Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

Salmon burgers and homemade tartar sauce are a quick, healthy, and satisfying dinner that the whole family will enjoy.


    For the Burgers:
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Handful of parsley
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon, bones and skin removed, cut into large pieces
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, such as Panko
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly
  • Spinach leaves
  • For the Tartar Sauce:
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, pulse the garlic and parsley until minced. Add the salmon and pulse a few times. Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, bread crumbs, and red pepper flakes. Grind until the mixture forms a thick paste. Season with salt and pepper. Form into four equal patties.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the salmon patties and cook until brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip each patty over and brown on the other side and cook until cooked through, about another 3 minutes.
  3. For the tartar sauce, whisk all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve the patties on toasted hamburger buns with tartar sauce, cucumbers slices, and spinach leaves.