Yesterday we attended our local Shriners circus with our son and had so much fun. He got to ride an elephant, watch all the fun performers, and eat lots of junk food. We had cotton candy, soda and kettle corn. When we got back, we were so full of junk, we needed something really healthy and tasty to counteract all the bad eating we had just done. So I went out and got some delicious and healthy fresh salmon to make into these burgers. Since I was making burgers, it still kind of seemed like we were eating junk food, but “healthy” junk food.
I added a ton of fresh dill, onion and garlic to the burgers. Then I made fresh tartar sauce by adding fresh lemon juice and dill to an ordinary tartar sauce recipe. I also added a little grainy brown mustard to make it really tasty. They turned out really well. I cooked them on my Cuisinart griddler/panini press, but you can just as easily cook them in a skillet.
Salmon Burgers with Dill Tartar Sauce
For the burgers
2 lbs. fresh salmon, coarsely chopped in the food processor and skin removed
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1 cup fresh dill (1 cup before chopping or a large handful)
the zest of 1 lemon
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons capers
salt and pepper
vegetable or olive oil for cooking
For the sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons dill relish
1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill
the juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon coarsely ground mustard
fresh hamburger rolls
1. Place all ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and mix well, set aside.
2. Place onion, garlic, and dill in food processor. Blend until onion and dill are very fine. Combine these ingredients in a large bowl with coarsely chopped salmon, the zest of 1 lemon, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 egg, 1 cup bread crumbs and salt and pepper. Mix well. Take 1/2 cup filling at a time and form into patties.
3. Preheat skillet or grill. Brush or drizzle with oil. Cook burgers for 2 – 3 minutes on each side. Serve on warm buns topped with dill tarter sauce.