Salmon Burgers With Rémoulade and Fennel Slaw Recipe

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How to Make the Best Salmon Burgers

Why It Works

  • Hand-chopping the salmon is better than a food processor, ensuring you don't over-mix the fish into a tight, spongy texture.
  • Avoiding breading in the mixture itself delivers pure, unadulterated fish flavor and texture.
  • A coating of bread crumbs on the outside cooks up crispy and crunchy, while protecting the delicate fish from the high heat of the oil.

Most salmon burgers fail to deliver on their promise, but not these: These are tender and juicy with a crispy, crunchy exterior that yields to medium-rare, deliciously seasoned interior. Served on soft toasted brioche buns that are spread with a creamy rémoulade sauce and topped with a fresh fennel and radicchio slaw, the potential of a salmon burger has finally been realized.

Recipe Facts

Active: 40 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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For the Salmon Patties:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless salmon (680g), very finely chopped by hand

  • 3 tablespoons minced mixed fresh parsley, tarragon, and chives (about 4 teaspoons each minced parsley and chives and 1 teaspoon minced tarragon)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

  • 1 (1-inch) knob fresh peeled ginger, grated

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black or white pepper

For the Rémoulade:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (150ml)

  • 1 tablespoon drained brined capers, minced

  • 4 cornichons, minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, and chives (about 1 teaspoon each minced parsley and chives and 1/2 teaspoon minced tarragon)

  • 2 teaspoons fresh juice from 1 lemon (10ml)

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (5ml)

  • 1/2 teaspoon drained prepared horseradish

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Slaw:

  • 1 3/4 ounces peeled celery root (50g; from 1 small root), julienned

  • 1 3/4 ounces shredded radicchio (50g; from 1 small head)

  • 1 3/4 ounces fennel (50g; from 1 small head), julienned

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • Fresh juice from 1 lemon, for drizzling

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For Cooking and Serving:

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (60ml)

  • 4 brioche hamburger buns, buttered and toasted


  1. For the Salmon Patties: In a medium bowl, combine salmon, herbs, coriander seed, and ginger. Stir well, then season with salt and pepper. (You can cook a very small amount in a nonstick skillet to check salt levels, and then adjust accordingly). Set in refrigerator.

  2. For the Rémoulade: In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, capers, cornichons, herbs, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and horseradish until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to refrigerator.

  3. For the Slaw: In a medium bowl, combine celery root, radicchio, and fennel. Drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle with lemon juice to taste. Set aside.

  4. For Cooking and Serving: Spread panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl or pie plate, and arrange a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Divide salmon mixture into 4 even portions and, working one at a time, roll each into a ball, then flatten into a 1-inch thick patty, using your hands to smooth out any cracked edges (they may squirm around on you a little, but keep at it and they'll come together).

  5. Place each patty in the bowl of bread crumbs, use your hands to sprinkle more bread crumbs on top, then press down gently to make bread crumbs adhere to the bottom side. Flip patty and press gently once more, then transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining salmon.

  6. Add oil to a large cast iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Carefully lower salmon patties into the oil and cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned on both sides and medium-rare within (about 115 to 120°F on an instant-read thermometer), about 10 minutes; adjust heat as necessary to keep things sizzling without scorching the bread crumbs.

  7. Transfer patties to a paper towel-lined tray and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Smear an even layer of rémoulade on the top and bottom halves of each bun. Set a salmon patty on top of each bottom bun. Season slaw with salt and pepper, then mound some on top of each patty. Close sandwiches and serve right away.

Special equipment

Large cast iron skillet, thin metal spatula

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
930 Calories
59g Fat
51g Carbs
47g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 930
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59g 75%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 1816mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 27mg 137%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 960mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)