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Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers

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These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!

These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!
Salmon Quinoa Burgers

Salmon is my favorite fish, and I love making salmon burgers to switch things up. I have made a few variations of salmon burgers in my books and website, but I had to share this salmon burger recipe I had for lunch in Santa Cruz, California because I loved it.

If you can imagine spending a weekend with a group of food bloggers means eating lots great food, well you’re right. We worked, cooked, took long walks on the beach and ate REALLY well. Jaden, of Steamy Kitchen prepared this dish for us from leftover salmon and quinoa from dinner the night before and it was so darn good I asked her if I could remake it to share with you.

I don’t recommend using cooked salmon because they fall apart without having to add a ton of eggs and breadcrumbs, so I tested them and used raw wild salmon instead. The results came out perfect! Here I served them over a simple arugula salad with grapefruit, and a mustard-shallot vinaigrette, but any salad greens would be wonderful here.

Are salmon burgers good for you?

Yes! Salmon is an excellent source of several B vitamins, rich in high-quality protein and is one of the best sources of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. It’s also a good source of potassium which helps control blood pressure and prevent excess fluid retention.

How To Make Salmon Quinoa Burgers

These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!

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Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers

5 from 15 votes
3
Cals:277
Protein:23
Carbs:17
Fat:13
These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
These delicious, healthy Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers, made with wild salmon, quinoa, and kale are loaded with good-for-you omegas and tons of protein!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 1 burger with salad

Ingredients

  • 16 oz wild salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced shallots
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay
  • 1 large egg, beaten

For the salad:

  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 1 1/ 4 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 loose cups baby arugula
  • 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled and diced

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, shallots, dijon, salt and pepper.
  • Cut about a 4 oz piece off or the salmon and place in a food processor or chopper to finely chop. This will help hold the burgers together.
  • With a knife finely chop the remaining salmon, transfer to a large work bowl.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the oil and saute shallots and kale. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until wilted and tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to the bowl with salmon along with quinoa, Dijon, Old Bay and egg. Mix to combine, then form into 5 patties, about 1/2 cup each.
  • Lightly heat a nonstick grill pan or skillet over medium heat, when hot spray with oil and add the salmon patties. Cook the 4 to 5 minutes, then gently turn and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Toss the dressing with the arugula and grapefruit; divide on four plates.
  • Top each salad with a salmon burger.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 burger with salad, Calories: 277 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 13 g, Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 338 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 5 g

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137 comments on “Healthy Salmon Quinoa Burgers”

  1. I’ve been making this recipe for years. It always brings me joy and leaves me feeling satisfied and healthy! It is great for meal prepping! I add a few tablespoons of chia seeds to the patties to help hold them together.

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    RUTH Wheatley

    I just made these for lunch amazing I did not make the salad but I do like the dressing ,I will definitely make this again but make my Cut up a lot more I will definitely definitely make this again and pass it on to my friends

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  4. Made this except with canned salmon and subbed spinach for kale..the quinoa when it is fried in tad of oil ,spray butter adds a crunchy taste…very good…will make again…..adding quinoa-‘this is a great way to ‘stretch’ your fish!!

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    Judy Wallace

    Love these amazing recipes full of flavor great for girls get together.Just love ❤️ them

  6. Wow! I’m obsessed. I’m making a double batch this week and freezing them. I’m the only one in my fam who likes salmon and these are great for lunch. I froze two last time uncooked and then put in my air fryer for 20 frozen and they came out great! Even without the shallot for the dressing it was amazing! I have switched up what I put in the Salad instead of grapefruit. Avacado, cucumbers, feta cheese have been great! 

  7. Hi I’m the only one in my family that eats salmon, so if I wanted to make this and freeze some of the burgers for another time, should I do it before they’re cooked or after?  Thanks!

  8. Delicious! I only made the salmon burgers and split the mixture into 4 burgers instead of 5. I also threw in a hand full of chopped parsley. I didn’t have Old Bay seasoning so I added a bit of garlic powder, celery seed, Italian seasoning, and smoke paprika. Turned out great. Mine didn’t hold together all that well when cooking but the were tasty.

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    Veronica Nessler

    I love these! I made it with spinach & amanranth mixed with the quinoa. I did add some minced garlic & breadcrumbs to hold together better and a little Grated Asiago cheese. 
    Great leftovers too!