Canned salmon is a convenient and economical alternative to fresh, and it’s ideal for easy burgers. Don’t worry about any bones in the mix. When cooked, they become undetectable, and they are a source of calcium. Ilike to schmear these burgers with a combination of ketchup and mayo—delish. —Jenna Helwig
Test Kitchen Notes
Jenna Helwig believes in keeping things simple, unfussy, but still delicious. In her cookbook Bare Minimum Dinners, she finds great little shortcuts to get a meal on the table fast without sacrificing deliciousness. (Fish stick tacos? Why yes please.) Here, Helwig uses an underutilized powerhouse—canned salmon—to make a breezy, flavorful meal that comes together in less than the time it would take to watch an episode of Seinfeld. —Editors
Combine the salmon, panko, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties and place on a parchment-lined plate. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet. Cook the patties until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve on the toasted buns with lettuce, avocado, red onion, ketchup, and mayonnaise.