Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

By Kitchen Sink Diaries
June 24, 2014
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Author Notes: This flavorful salmon patty is a light alternative to a beef burger. The avocado aioli is based off of a recipe from Marcella Valladolid, and adds a bit of heat to the burger, along with extra richness. I prepare my salmon in a meat grinder on the coarse setting, so it has a texture similar to ground beef. If you don't have a meat grinder at home, you can finely chop the salmon by hand, or pulse it very lightly in a food processor. Make sure you don't grind it into a paste!Kitchen Sink Diaries

Food52 Review: I liked this recipe a lot. The extra fat from the avocado aioli kept the patty nice and moist, and the addition of red onion gave the whole thing some crunch. I would recommend adding a step to run the raw onion under cold water for a few minutes to mellow it out. I cooked the burger on an outdoor grill, and it worked perfectly. Overall, this recipe has good flavor, and is a great option for those who don't eat red meat. Steve301

Serves: 3

Salmon Burgers

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoons chives, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 handfuls mixed greens
  • 3 burger buns, toasted
  • Avocado aioli, recipe below
  • Canola oil, for brushing
  1. Cut the salmon into pieces and freeze for about 20 minutes. Pass the chilled salmon through the coarse setting of a meat grinder.
  2. Season the ground salmon with salt, pepper, and chives, then mix to combine. Form the salmon into 3 equal-sized patties and lightly brush them with canola oil.
  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high. Grill the salmon for 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. To assemble the burgers, spread some of the avocado aioli on the bottom bun, then top with a patty, a few slices of red onion, a handful of greens, and the top bun.

Avocado Aioli

  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1 serrano pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 scant cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  1. Scoop the flesh of the avocado and add it, along with all remaining ingredients ,into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Check for seasoning. Note: You can keep the seeds in the serrano if you want it to be spicier.

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