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Grilled Salmon Burgers with Green Goddess Dressing

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x


Dripping with herby green goddess dressing, these ginger-infused grilled salmon burgers are a healthier spin on a cookout classic.


  • 1 pound skinless salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 8 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs, divided, plus more as needed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup green goddess dressing
  • 4 hamburger buns (such as brioche or whole wheat), sliced
  • Your choice of burger toppings (butter lettuce, sliced tomato, shaved red onion)


  1. Chop the salmon into 1/4-inch chunks and place half in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the other half to the bowl of a food processor with the red onion, chives, parsley, dill, ginger, 4 tablespoons of the panko, egg, salt, and pepper. Pulse several times until the salmon is finely chopped and the other ingredients are evenly mixed into the fish.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the mixing bowl with the reserved chunks of salmon. Gently fold everything together. Divide and form into 4 patties that are about 1 inch thick, placing some panko in your hands if the mixture is too sticky to form.
  4. Transfer the patties to a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high, about 350-400°F. 
  6. Place the remaining 4 tablespoons of panko on a plate. Uncover the salmon patties and lightly coat them with the panko, pressing firmly to make sure the breadcrumbs adhere. If they feel too sticky or delicate, add more breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to the outside to keep them intact. Brush or drizzle lightly with the canola oil on both sides.
  7. Place the patties on the grill and cook undisturbed until a crust forms on the bottom, about 2-3 minutes, and then carefully flip them over. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. The internal temperature of the salmon burgers should read 135°F.
  8. Remove the patties from the grill and then assemble on the buns. Top with even amounts of the green goddess dressing and dress with your desired toppings.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: salmon, grilled, burger, green goddess dressing, panko