Keto salmon burgers with mash and lemon butter

Keto salmon burgers with mash and lemon butter

For these salmon burgers, let’s get down to the meat of the matter. They’re simple to make, check. Loaded with tons of flavor, check. And they’re covered with ooey, gooey, lemon butter. Oh, my. Talk about ketotastic meals!

Keto salmon burgers with mash and lemon butter

For these salmon burgers, let’s get down to the meat of the matter. They’re simple to make, check. Loaded with tons of flavor, check. And they’re covered with ooey, gooey, lemon butter. Oh, my. Talk about ketotastic meals!
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

Salmon burgers
  • 1½ lbs 650 g salmon, boneless fillet, skinnedsalmon, boneless fillets, skinned
  • 1 1 large egglarge eggs
  • 2 oz. (523 tbsp) 55 g (80 ml) yellow onion, roughly choppedyellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter, for frying
Green mash
  • 1 lb (5 cups) 450 g (1.2 liters) fresh broccoli, cut into small florets, and the stem cut into small pieces
  • 2 oz. 55 g butter
  • ½ cup (113 oz.) 120 ml (40 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
Lemon butter
  • 4 oz. 110 g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
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Instructions

    Salmon burgers

  1. Preheat oven to 220°F (100°C). Set aside a food processor, and a large pot.
  2. Cut the salmon into 1" (2.5 cm) pieces and place into the food processor bowl. Add the egg, onion, salt, and pepper. Pulse for 30 - 45 seconds, until it becomes a coarse mixture (see Tip).
  3. Shape the salmon mixture into small burgers, about 3" (7.6 cm) wide,and 1/4" (.60 cm) thick.
  4. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan, over medium heat. Fry the burgers in batches for about 3 - 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned. Transfer to an ovenproof dish, cover, and keep warm in the oven.
  5. Green mash

  6. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat, and add the broccoli. Cook for a few minutes, or until tender-crisp. Strain the broccoli, and discard the hot water.
  7. Add the broccoli, butter and parmesan cheese to a medium-sized bowl, or food processor bowl. Using an immersion blender, or food processor, blend together until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Lemon butter

  9. Add the butter and lemon juice to a small bowl. Mix together with electric beaters on low speed, until it becomes a light and creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Serve the warm burgers with a dollop of fresh lemon butter, melting on top, and a side of green mash.

Tip!

Try not to overmix the salmon mixture (Step 2), as this can cause the burgers to become tough. You can flavor the burgers in various ways. Try them with garlic, chili, your favorite herbs or curry powder. Why not some capers or grated parmesan cheese? The butter can also be flavored in a number of ways. We suggest trying freshly grated horseradish, it's delicious! You can always make the butter ahead, to let the flavors meld. Mmmm. Lemony goodness.

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47 comments

  1. Oliver
    Can you use canned salmon for this recipe?
    Reply: #2
  2. Rebecca
    I used tinned salmon and it worked fine and tasted good.
    Probably tastes even better with fresh/frozen.

    Can you use canned salmon for this recipe?

  3. Jared
    ^ What Oliver said. I'm guessing it'd work, but you may want to mix by hand and not use a food processor.
  4. miranda
    I love it. Just made this, for work this afternoon and I tasted a bit ofcourse, couldn't stop eating the green mash. I make this a lot with cauliflower, but broccoli is great too!! Put a shallot and some capers, finely diced offcourse, and some dill in the burgers. Love it!
  5. Nicole
    Quite good! I used canned salmon, which I perhaps should have drained more as the burgers were very wet! But still very tasty!
  6. Richard
    Love this recipe. When using canned salmon I drain and leave the skin in the mix. It seems to hold the patties together better with that included. This really tastes great with the broccoli paste.
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  8. Mindy
    I used canned salmon as well. I drained it well, hand mixed, and added 3 Tbsp of ground psyllium hulk in to get the burgers to hold there shape. Very yummy!
  9. Mindy
    I used canned salmon in water (about 5 cans at 5oz each). I drained it well, hand mixed, and added 3 Tbsp of ground psyllium hulk in to get the burgers to hold there shape. Very yummy!
  10. Brenda
    Yummy!! I just started the Keto diet and this was my first meal. Was a little time consuming- I used fresh Salmon and I had to get the skin off. I don't have a food processor or mixer so I had to use my blender and magic bullet lol. The green mash was so delicious!! I will be making this again (after I buy some kitchen gadgets)
  11. Amy
    I made meatball/slider-sized patties and did add some psyllium husk. I fried them in olive oil and butter. They're delicious. I think they would be good with aioli. The broccoli mash is great as well. I think it needs something, but I'm not sure what - some kind of seasoning. ??
  12. Victoria
    I made this with canned salmon and it was really good. I didn't add any binder (like psyllium husk) and my first batch of patties fell apart. The second batch sat for about 10-20 mins before I fried them, and they held together much better. The broccoli puree was also delicious!
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  14. Ruth
    Made this for the first time last night. Loved the whole dish. Used a couple of salmon fillets, a bit underweight listed but ok. Added chopped spring onions (scallions) instead of yellow onion which we don't have in UK. The broccoli mash with parmesan was a HUGE hit with both myself & OH. One to add to the favourites list.
  15. Marz
    Holy shmoly, this was absolutely AMAZING! The only thing I swapped out was salt for garlic salt in the burger, but everything else remained the same. The recipe and pics I took have been shared throughout my entire family.
    Thanking you.
  16. Suzy
    This recipe is soooooo yummy. I didn’t think I could do it what with my lack of cooking prowess but it turned out great. I wish it wasn’t so much calories because I could LIVE off this. I don’t know why I haven’t heard of green mash before cause I eat tons of broccoli. Also I wish they would separate the nutrition facts for each item because I want to make the green mash again.
  17. Pat
    Just made the burgers with salmon and cod mixed (fresh), they were delicious, didn’t make the mash or butter though..
    wish the nutritional information broke down the different elements of the meal..
  18. Ann Sandler
    Do you have a substitution for broccoli because I have an intestinal intolerance for it.
    Thank you.
    Luce
    Reply: #19
  19. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Do you have a substitution for broccoli because I have an intestinal intolerance for it.
    Thank you.
    Luce

    You can use a cauliflower mash recipe instead. Just a heads up cauliflower is a little more carb heavy than broccoli.

  20. Adrian
    Can these be frozen and kept for later?
    Reply: #21
  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can these be frozen and kept for later?

    Yes, these should freeze well.

  22. Shannon
    I see many used canned salmon but I would like to use fresh - should it be cooked prior to the steps in the recipe? Thanks!
    Reply: #23
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I see many used canned salmon but I would like to use fresh - should it be cooked prior to the steps in the recipe? Thanks!

    Yes, to ensure it is cooked through, the salmon should be cooked first. We have not tested this with fresh salmon to advise if there are any modifications needed.

    Reply: #31
  24. Chloe
    I'm not a broccoli fan, but thought I'd give this a go and I'm so glad I did! It's so so yummy! The salmon burgers looked very sloppy which worried me but they firmed up perfectly when cooked. Small tip, add some lemon rind to the butter for better flavour. Looked a tiny portion but it was so filling I could only eat half x
  25. tee
    Is that fresh salmon or something else? I was thinking canned or the packet tunas to use????
    Reply: #27
  26. tee
    Packet salmon
  27. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is that fresh salmon or something else? I was thinking canned or the packet tunas to use????

    As the first step has you putting everything in the food processor, you can use any form of salmon you prefer.

    Reply: #28
  28. tee
    Thank you. I use to eat salmon out the can with eggs and spinach every morning and sardines
  29. Britni
    Are you baking the salmon first? It says preheat the oven...but doesn't say what for
    Reply: #30
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Are you baking the salmon first? It says preheat the oven...but doesn't say what for

    Step 3 addresses the use of the oven. You put the finished salmon in the oven to stay warm while you finish preparing the meal.

  31. Ronette
    I always use fresh salmon with the other ingredients in the food processor. It always cooks up nicely and is delicious. Salmon cakes without the carbs - doesn’t get any better than this.
  32. pamelagreengreat1
    Hi can you save as 1 person for each meal is there a setting to select and save or do u select each meal as x one person and does the shopping list adjust
    Reply: #33
  33. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi can you save as 1 person for each meal is there a setting to select and save or do u select each meal as x one person and does the shopping list adjust

    If you are working from the meal plan, then 1 person is the default and will be what's displayed. If you click through to this main recipe page, it will show you the public recipe with the default number of servings. The easiest way is to cook directly from the Recipes tab in the meal plan.

  34. Ahmed
    Well this is all cool and stuff but I don’t believe these burgers will hold themselves while cooking without any breadcrumbs alternative like psyllium husk for example, and maybe if we add psyllium taste will worsen

    What about salmon stinky fishy odor, how do you get rid of that?

    Reply: #35
  35. Esther
    Delicious!
    It held together for me. Just eating them now as I write:-) and no breadcrumbs or psyllium husk either.
    The trick is to try them for at least 3 minutes before turning. Fried mine in butter.
    I used canned salmon mixed with tuna as I did not have enough of either. Added mixed herbs and some chilli. Plus a bit of leftover beans and a little spinach. Made the butter too. Broccoli mash is for another time!
  36. Robin
    purchase some salmon patties at Costco. It really cuts down on the time!
  37. okiedokie
    How do you get a quarter of a raw egg if you only want to make 1 serving?
    Reply: #38
  38. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    How do you get a quarter of a raw egg if you only want to make 1 serving?

    As you would imagine, break the egg into a bowl, beat it, and take 1/4 of that. Not all recipes scale to one serving easily.

  39. Dianne
    Hi new to this whole thing. Was thinking of making this for my daughter for school....would they hold up ok.
    Reply: #40
  40. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Hi new to this whole thing. Was thinking of making this for my daughter for school....would they hold up ok.

    I expect the salmon taste will intensify, but it would be tasty.

  41. Jamina
    I followed this recipe a couple of days ago and my partner and I both loved it.
    I think it is an absolutely fantastic base recipe and as suggest by the author, there is a lot of room to experiment.
    Next time I might use spring onions or leek instead of "regular" onion and might add some chili and lemon directly to the burger.

    thank you for a great recipe!

    Reply: #42
  42. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I followed this recipe a couple of days ago and my partner and I both loved it.
    I think it is an absolutely fantastic base recipe and as suggest by the author, there is a lot of room to experiment.
    Next time I might use spring onions or leek instead of "regular" onion and might add some chili and lemon directly to the burger.
    thank you for a great recipe!

    Thank you for taking the time to let us know, we are so glad you enjoyed this recipe.

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  44. Lisa
    This was and is absolutely awesome...this is my husband and I's 4th week in Keto and have made this a few times...one of our favorites...I have now frozen the patties.
    Reply: #45
  45. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    This was and is absolutely awesome...this is my husband and I's 4th week in Keto and have made this a few times...one of our favorites...I have now frozen the patties.

    I am so glad that you have enjoyed these so much. Thank you for taking the time to let us know!

  46. Bernadene Whitten
    This was amazing! I used two 15oz cans of salmon, drained, deboned, skinless, added two eggs and some dill. The patties held together better using a second these amounts made us eight patties. I cooked them until they were browned and crispy on one side, then flipped them and did the same on the side. These held up really well. I'm so loving the lemon butter. We had a salad with these, but most any vegetables would do.
  47. Gavin Shipley
    What’s the oven for??
    Reply: #48
  48. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What’s the oven for??

    In step 3 of the salmon burgers, you place them into the oven to keep them warm while you make the green mash.

  49. claudia3bartsch
    I'm confused. This recipe doesn't say to cook the fresh salmon first, before making the burgers. So I was going to use fresh raw salmon. Yet comment 23 says you should use cooked salmon. Not sure which way to go.
    Reply: #50
  50. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I'm confused. This recipe doesn't say to cook the fresh salmon first, before making the burgers. So I was going to use fresh raw salmon. Yet comment 23 says you should use cooked salmon. Not sure which way to go.

    That must have been my error a couple of years ago! I apologize for any confusion. I just double checked with the recipe team and received this response.
    "I think you can use cooked salmon and the frying will heat/melt all ingredients together in the burger. But the recipe calls for raw salmon and the frying cooks the salmon through."

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