Nutty Quinoa Salmon Burgers

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Author Notes: Three superfoods join forces here in these tasty burgers. We like them wrapped in freshly cooked phulka roti, but they're just as good in a light bun, lightly toasted. I happen to love pickles, so I put them in both the patties and the tahini-based first cousin to tartar sauce. Enjoy! ;o)AntoniaJames

Makes 6 medium patties

  • 2 cups tinned salmon, well drained, and small bones removed (or lightly poached salmon, flaked)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup pecan pieces (or walnuts, though pecans seem more flavorful)
  • 1 tablespoon quinoa flakes (or quick oats)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon or similar mustard
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced celery
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped dill or sweet pickle (to taste)
  • Zest of one lemon, grated or finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Grapeseed or olive oil for frying
  • Phulka roti or other flatbread, or brioche or other buns for serving
  • Garnishes such as arugula or watercress, and tomatoes
  • *** *** FOR THE SAUCE *** ***
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill or sweet pickle
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • Pinch of salt
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the salmon and flaxseed, mashing the salmon somewhat. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to combine.
  2. In a food processor, gently pulse the nuts four or five times to break down into small bits. (Or, chop them with a knife.) Add to the bowl with the salmon.
  3. Lightly beat the egg with the Worcestershire sauce and the mustard.
  4. Add the quinoa flakes or oats to the bowl with the salmon, along with the beaten egg, scallion, celery, chopped parsley, chopped pickle, lemon zest and a generous pinch of salt. Stir well to combine.
  5. Form into patties – you’ll need to squeeze it together tightly with your hands -- and set aside, lightly covered, for 5-10 minutes.
  6. While the patties are resting, make the sauce by combining all of the sauce ingredients. Test for salt and correct if necessary.
  7. Heat a skillet to medium, and add about a tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot (4 or 5 seconds), fry the patties for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove the cover, gently flip the burgers over and cook for another 3 minutes over medium heat.
  8. Serve in wraps using phulka roti or other flatbread, or on light buns, lightly toasted, with a generous dollop of sauce and tomatoes, salad greens, etc.
  9. Enjoy!! ;o)
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4 months ago cookingProf

Oh, I have to try this soon. Adding quinoa and pecans gives this recipe such a perfect twist, not to mention the added nutritional value. Thanks for posting this.


8 months ago wherethetanoakgrows

this sounds terrific! I'm trying it tonight with some leftover poached salmon.

Thanks for sharing - I've grown a bit tired of my standard capers and tarragon version


about 1 year ago Tarragon

I've had my eye on this recipe for a while and finally got around to making them today; so glad I did, they are wonderful! I didn't change a thing. Instead of quinoa flakes or quick cooking oats I just pulsed some regular oats in the food processor once or twice. I used canned wild salmon from Costco. Directions are good and I agree these are quite healthy. They fried very well with only 1 T oil. Thank you AJ for posting.


about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Thank you so much, Tarragon. I'm so glad you tried them, and even more glad that you liked them! ;o)


over 1 year ago Kukla

How wonderful AJ; I love all the flavors!! Looks like the perfect lunch for family and guests. Saved!


over 1 year ago Fairmount_market

These sound delicious. I can't wait to try them.


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

This sounds terrific and quite healthy!


over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Thank you, HK!


over 1 year ago calendargirl

Love, love, love the ingredients for these burgers! Eager to put them on our table. Many thanks! Curious to know where you find your quinoa flakes.


over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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You're welcome, calendargirl (and thanks, too, for your kind words). I get quinoa flakes at The Food Mill in Oakland (an amazing bulk store, which even has a commercial electric grinder that you can put bulk-purchased whole grains in). I've heard that the local WFM also sells them, though I have not confirmed that. ;o)


over 1 year ago calendargirl

Many thanks! I will look here in DC as well as online. I may have seen them at the Bethesda Food Coop.


over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Now this is a quinoa burger I know I'll love! Saved! Thanks for sharing AJ!


over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Thank you, ipk. I hope you try -- and like -- them. ;o)