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Asian Inspired Salmon Burgers

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

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  • Author: Joy Zhang
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


A warm soft, crusty bun, a nice flavorful patty oozing with juicy goodness and that magical condiment that just brings it all together.


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  • 1 pound skinless center-cut salmon fillet, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce (3 crabs brand)
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or panko
  • 3 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Lettuce, onion, tomato, sliced for burgers

For the Avocado Aioli:

  • 2 Hass avocados
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 seeded serrano chile or unseeded jalapeño, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Prepare the Salmon: In a food processor, pulse the chopped salmon until minced (about 10 times). Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Mix Flavorings: In another bowl, combine egg, fish sauce, Tabasco, garlic, shallot, ginger, lemon zest, cilantro, mint, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Combine with Salmon: Add the egg mixture and breadcrumbs to the salmon. Fold together with a spatula until well mixed.
  4. Form Burgers: With oiled hands, shape the mixture into 4 burgers. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Cook Burgers: Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add burgers, cooking each side for about 3.5 minutes until browned but barely cooked in the center.
  6. Make Avocado Aioli: Mash avocados in a bowl. Fold in yogurt, basil, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, chile, and shallot. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Assemble and Serve: Spread aioli on toasted buns. Place a salmon burger on each, top with lettuce, onion, and tomato, and serve.


  • Ensure salmon is finely chopped for the right texture.
  • Refrigerating the burgers helps them hold their shape while cooking.
  • Adjust spiciness in aioli according to taste.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Chilling Time: 120 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan Frying
  • Cuisine: Asian Amerian
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