Salmon Burgers & Secret Sauce

Juicy salmon burgers with homemade secret sauce and hot griddled buns.

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Here’s my best ever recipe for homemade salmon burgers with a creamy secret sauce. I came up with this recipe because I never had a truly epic salmon burger at a restaurant, so I decided to make one myself. I find that really good quality farm raised salmon is best because it’s so fat and the salmon burgers won’t overcook.

All you have to do for this salmon burger recipe is mix everything in the food processor and cook the patties. It’s super easy! After you try this recipe, take a look at my shrimp burger with jicama fries.

How To Make Salmon Burgers

This salmon burger is very easy to make, all you need to do is combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and the mixture is done. Add 2 pounds of cubed salmon, avocado oil mayo, capers, lemon zest, green onions, ans salt to a food processor. I find this recipe works well with high quality farmed Atlantic salmon because it’s so fatty and hard to overcook.

If you want to use wild salmon, add 1 more egg to the mixture along with another 2 tablespoons of mayo. Pulse everything until the salmon burger mixture is smooth, but still has a few chunks here and there. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes up to 2 hours.

Form 3-4 salmon burger patties and cook them in a large non-stick pan set over medium high heat with a 1 tablespoon of avocado oil. You will need to work in two batches as to not overcrowd the pan. Last up, griddle you buns of choice in some butter or oil in a non-stick pan.

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Homemade salmon burger recipe with secret sauce

How To Make Secret Sauce

This is my homemade version of the secret sauce you would find a McDonald’s, but mine is much healthier! Combine avocado oil with with sugar free ketchup in a small bowl along with dill relish, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Mix well and check for seasoning. You want the flavors to be slightly acidic.

Assemble the salmon burger with the buns, some secret sauce, and the salmon patty. I like to mash some avocado and add that to the salmon burger. Enjoy!

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Juicy Salmon Burgers & Secret Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, salmon, salmon burger
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Author: Bobby Parrish

Here's an easy recipe for homemade salmon burgers with a healthy take on secret sauce.



For the salmon burgers:

  • 2 pounds salmon skin removed & cut in 1-inch cubes, ask your fish monger to do this
  • 2 tablespoons full fat mayonnaise sugar free
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1.5 teaspoons Dijon or stone ground mustard
  • 1.5 teaspoons capers drained from liquid
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Few cracks of fresh pepper
  • 3 tablespoons green onion finely sliced
  • Avocado oil
  • Buns

For the secret sauce:

  • 1/3 cup full fat mayo no sugar added
  • 3 tablespoons keto ketchup no sugar added
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish no sugar added
  • ¾ teaspoon tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt & couple cracks of fresh pepper


  1. To make the salmon burgers, add all of the burger ingredients to a food processor and puree until the mixture is smooth, but a bit chunky. Let the salmon burger mixture chill in the fridge for 15 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, make the secret sauce by combining everything in a small bowl and whisking well. Check for seasoning and set aside.
  3. To cook the salmon burgers, preheat a large non-stick pan over medium heat with 2-3 teaspoons of oil. Add some salmon mixture to your hand, form a ball, and place in the pan. Carefully use your fingers to press it out to the shape of a burger. Working in two batches, cook the burgers for 5 minutes or until deep golden brown, flip and repeat. Remove salmon burgers and cook the second batch.
  4. Griddle the buns with some butter in a non-stick pan until golden and serve the burger with toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

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