Nutty Quinoa Salmon Burgers

August 27, 2013
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  • Makes 6 medium patties
Author Notes

[I have put this into my "Test Kitchen" collection because I intend to re-test it for the purpose of including metric volume and/or mass measures, as applicable.) 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

What You'll Need
  • 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
  • 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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Recipe by: AntoniaJames

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13 Reviews

cookingProf September 22, 2014
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.
wherethetanoakgrows June 11, 2014
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
Tarragon November 3, 2013
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.
AntoniaJames November 12, 2013
Thank you so much, Tarragon. I'm so glad you tried them, and even more glad that you liked them! ;o)
Kukla August 28, 2013
How wonderful AJ; I love all the flavors!! Looks like the perfect lunch for family and guests. Saved!
Fairmount_market August 28, 2013
These sound delicious. I can't wait to try them.
healthierkitchen August 28, 2013
This sounds terrific and quite healthy!
AntoniaJames August 28, 2013
Thank you, HK!
calendargirl August 28, 2013
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.
AntoniaJames August 28, 2013
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)
calendargirl August 28, 2013
Many thanks! I will look here in DC as well as online. I may have seen them at the Bethesda Food Coop.
inpatskitchen August 27, 2013
Now this is a quinoa burger I know I'll love! Saved! Thanks for sharing AJ!
AntoniaJames August 28, 2013
Thank you, ipk. I hope you try -- and like -- them. ;o)