Scandinavian Salmon Burgers


Have you seen the PBS series New Scandinavian Cooking?  Besides some of the most breathtaking scenery ever, there’s a lot of fine cooking going on!  When I saw them make burgers out of chopped salmon I was intrigued.  I even meant to give it a try.  But life got busy and I never followed up. 

Salmon Burger Served

Salmon Burgers Served

A year or so later, fate stepped in… a couple packages of chopped salmon arrived on my doorstep!  You see, I had joined something called a Community Supported Fishery—it’s a concept similar to Community Supported Agriculture except they bring wild harvested fish  to you.  

Good with beer!

Good with beer!

After a couple months of munching on salmon fillets (delicious and loaded with healthy Omega-3), my CSF delivered a box that contained chopped salmon.  Instead of wasting the small bits of salmon left after cutting fillets, they package it as chopped salmon.  An especially great idea if you’ve been dreaming of Scandinavian Salmon Burgers! 

Salmon Burger Closeup

Salmon Burger Closeup

Of course now I couldn’t locate the recipe (despite a nice online search engine on the show’s website).  But in the end, I found an alternative in the cookbook called The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann.  The recipe came together easily (mix the ingredients and sautee in olive oil) and was a a healthy and delicious dinner.  So delicious, I thought someone might get stabbed with a fork going for the last one… 

Prepare homemade aioli and salmon burger mixture

Prepare homemade aioli (or use commercial mayo) and salmon burger mixture

Sautee Salmon Burger

Sautee Salmon Burgers

Spread homeade aioli on rye

Spread homeade aioli on rye

Top with mixed greens and salmon burger

Top with mixed greens and salmon burger

The cookbook includes a recipe for homemade rye focaccia and I may try that at some point.  With the perpetual motion of the holidays, however, I decided that a nice bakery rye would be just fine. I also decided to serve the sandwich open-faced—gotta save room in case a cookie tray catches me by surprise!  I did make a homemade aioli (mayonnaise) as recommended but you could add herbs to commercial mayo for another time saver. 

Salmon Burger from above

Salmon Burger from above

This was dinner for us (along with some carrot slaw) but it would also be wonderful as an appetizer, think smaller salmon burgers on cocktail rye!  Mmmm!

Salmon Burgers
Serves 4
A delicious way to get more omega-3 in your diet, salmon burgers are healthy and easy to prepare.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
541 calories
27 g
159 g
25 g
50 g
4 g
327 g
766 g
4 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 541
Calories from Fat 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 159mg
Sodium 766mg
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 50g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the burgers
  1. 1 1/2 lbs of raw salmon, chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons chopped onion or chopped green onion
  3. 1 tablespoon capers, chopped
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 2 tablespoons grated fresh bread ("fresh bread crumbs")
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. olive oil for frying
For the dressing
  1. 4 tablespoons mayonnaise (or more to taste)
  2. 1/2 - 1 T finely minced onion
  3. 1 teaspoon dill
For serving
  1. 4 cups mixed salad greens
  2. 4-8 slices rye bread (depending on size)
  3. fresh dill for garnish (optional)
  1. Put the salmon in a mixing bowl with the onion, capers, dill, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Fold together until well blended.
  2. Shape the mixture into 4 or 8 patties (depending on the size of bread you are using). Fry in olive oil, about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Turn carefully since the burgers are a bit delicate.
  3. Combine herbed mayonnaise ingredients. Spread on one side of rye bread slices, then top with salad greens. Slide warm burger onto lettuce and top with a sprig of dill.
  4. Serve immediately.
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  1. New Scandinavian Cooking is one of my favorite cooking shows! I have a bit of a crush on Andreas Viestad.

  2. Inger we love saumon and this look gorgeous !! Love it!!
    Merry Christmas dear

  3. These look great! I made salmon burgers once but I made the mistake of cooking them on the grill – it was a disaster.

    • Oops! Even fish fillets are tough on the grill! Well I believe that if you don’t have a few cooking disasters, you aren’t challenging yourself enough (unless you have twins, then you get credit for anything 😉 )

  4. these look delicious…. so sad my husband is not a fan of fish 🙁 I will have to make these for myself and the kids and just make him a turkey burger on the side.

    • Sometimes you have to do what it takes, don’t you! I have made eggplant parmesan right next to chicken parmesan 😉

  5. Well, Inger, you might just given me my recipe for tonight’s dinner! The salmon burgers sound fantastic.

  6. This is such a great idea Inger…I love salmon, but somehow my husband does not care for it…maybe I will entice him with this salmon burger…

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