Best Salmon Patties with Dill

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Leave the cans in the cupboard for these delicious dill salmon patties, which showcases Coho salmon as the main ingredient of savory salmon patties that feature Greek flair and flavors. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

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Salmon patties with fresh dill make the best appetizer, sandwich, or main course. These easy to make salmon patties are full of flavor and can be frozen for make ahead meals. They are another great seafood burger option to add to your routein along with these Shrimp Burgers and Tilapia Fish Burgers.

Salmon patties are on the menu this week. I am back in California after a week home in Massachusetts and happy to be back to work and back at home on the blog. I missed it and all of you a lot. With the sun shining and Memorial Day just around the corner, all I am thinking about is burgers and delicious summer recipes. This simple salmon burger recipe is a great alternative to a traditional burger and is perfect over a bed of greens or on your favorite bread. You can mix up the spices and add whatever you like. Cajun or blackened is delicious and it can be a quick go to dinner or lunch since it freezes really well. Whether you start with fresh or frozen fish patties,switching up your salmon burger toppings and accompaniments is a great way to make each meal unique.

The trick to this recipe is blending about 1/4 of the salmon into a paste to serve as the binding agent in the recipe. This means that you can avoid adding eggs or mayo, which typically binds the salmon burger together. Also, since I was eating alone last night I just cooked my burger in a pan but these work great on the grill as well.

Dill Salmon Burgers?

Adding a tablespoon of fresh dill gives these salmon patties a subtly Greek flavor profile that you can accentuate with toppings like feta cheese or by using tzatziki sauce in the place of traditional burger condiments. Serving salmon burgers in a low-calorie pita stuffed with cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes or perched atop a fresh Greek salad will make these an especially light summer alternative to beef burgers.

Or you can substitute spices to suit your taste. Replace the dill with a teaspoon or more of dried, store-bought Cajun seasoning or mix up your own recipe by blending salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, and oregano to taste. Alternately, adding fresh ginger, finely chopped green onions, and a dash of red pepper in place of the dill, lemon, and shallot will give these simple salmon patties an Asian kick without adding any additional prep time. You can emphasize the salmon’s seasoning with chili sauce, plum sauce, or Asian-style mayo, which is available at many international stores.

What to Serve With Salmon Patties

Really, these simple salmon patties are infinitely versatile, especially when you consider all the ways to spice and serve them. For instance, if you want to serve them as sandwiches, switching up your breads and salmon burger toppings makes it easy to please everyone’s palate during big backyard barbeques. And, if you really want to cut carbs or need to accommodate friends and family members who want or need to avoid gluten, this salmon burger recipe makes a great salad centerpiece or a main dish to just about any side you’d serve with a salmon filet. Just be sure to use gluten-free breadcrumbs for the patties themselves.

How Many Carbs in Salmon Patties?

The answer to that question can depend on the recipe variation you use, but these are some of the best salmon patties for carb counters because blending part of the salmon into a paste cuts the amount of bread crumbs you need to bind the burgers together. Without condiments, accompaniments, or sides, each dill salmon patty has only 10 grams of carbohydrates, which accounts for just 3% of your daily recommended total carb intake. The variations I’ve suggested also keep the carbs in check. And you can pair the patties with carb-conscious sides that echo the spices in the salmon. Some ideas -- eggplant with yogurt and dill with Greek burgers, Asian slaw with the ginger-infused patties, or creamy Cajun cucumber salad that offsets the spiciness of blackened burgers with its cool, yogurt-based dressing. The fact that this salmon burger recipe eliminates the need to add eggs or mayo as binders cuts calories, too. On its own, each quarter-pound patty comes in at just 222 calories.

Keep in Mind

Since the burgers don’t contain a whole lot of extra fillers, they can be a little fragile. If you’re cooking them on the stovetop, make sure your pan is well oiled and preheated over a medium flame. Once you add the fish to the pan, wait until the first side of the salmon is cooked thoroughly enough to release easily, and try not to turn the patty more than once. Similarly, if you’re using a grill, make sure the grates are clean and well-oiled before you preheat it and cook the first side of the fish until it releases easily when it’s time to flip the burgers. The second side may even need a minute or two less time to cook as a result.

Whether you go for the grill or stick to the stovetop, these will hopefully be some of the best salmon patties you’ve ever tasted.

Are salmon patties good for you?

Salmon is a healthy protein that is packed with healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, lean protein, minerals, and vitamins. It is good for heart health, brain health, and is great to include in a healthy diet. If you want to learn more about the health benefits of salmon as well as how to store it, choose it, and prepare it, check out our Ultimate Guide to Salmon.

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Best Salmon Patties with Dill

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  • 1 lb skinless boneless coho salmon
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 U shallot, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/16 tsp. hot sauce

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Take the salmon and cut it into small chunks.


Add 1/4 of the salmon to a food processor with the mustard, yogurt, lemon, and Tabasco. Pulse the mixture until it becomes a paste.


Add the remaining salmon and shallots and pulse until it is just combined. Do not over process the salmon and try to make sure the pieces remain over a 1/4 inch of so.


Pour into a bowl and mix in the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and dill. Divide the mixture into burgers.


Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Cook the burger for 3 minutes on each side. Serve on great bread or a bed of greens.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 patty
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 51mg
Sodium 214mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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