Salmon Burger with Zesty Lemon Sauce

The Salmon Burger with Zesty Lemon Sauce is a refreshing twist on the traditional burger that will transport your taste buds to the breezy, seaside cliffs of the Mediterranean.

This culinary masterpiece combines the delicate flavors of perfectly seasoned, flaky salmon with the bright, citrusy notes of a homemade lemon sauce. The rich omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon make this not only a mouthwatering choice but a healthy one too.

Nestled within a soft, toasted bun and adorned with crisp greens, this burger offers a satisfying crunch with a burst of lemon that brightens the entire dish. It’s a burger that’s as nutritious as it is delicious and is sure to please both seafood lovers and burger aficionados alike.


For the Salmon Patties:

  • 1 pound (450 g) fresh salmon fillet, skin removed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for cooking

For the Zesty Lemon Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 4 high-quality burger buns, halved and toasted
  • Fresh arugula or lettuce leaves
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Avocado slices or cucumber (optional)


Preparing the Salmon Patties:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped salmon, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, fresh dill, chives, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix gently until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 evenly sized patties.
  4. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Cook the salmon patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown and cooked through.

Making the Zesty Lemon Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, and minced garlic.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.

Assembling the Burger:

  1. Spread a generous amount of the zesty lemon sauce on the bottom half of each toasted bun.
  2. Place a salmon patty on top of the sauce.
  3. Add a handful of fresh arugula or lettuce leaves and a few slices of red onion.
  4. If using, add avocado slices or cucumber for an extra layer of freshness.
  5. Top with the other half of the toasted bun.


  • Present the Salmon Burgers with Zesty Lemon Sauce immediately, accompanied by a side of sweet potato fries or a tangy coleslaw for a complete meal.


  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes


  • This recipe makes 4 generous burgers, ideal for a nourishing lunch or dinner with family or friends.


Biting into this Salmon Burger with Zesty Lemon Sauce offers a symphony of textures and flavors, from the hearty salmon patty to the creamy, zesty sauce, all complemented by the freshness of greens and the satisfying crunch of onions.

It’s a meal that feels indulgent yet light, perfect for a sunny afternoon or a cozy evening in. With each component thoughtfully chosen to support the others, this burger stands out in a sea of typical fast food options as a gourmet choice that’s simple to prepare yet impressive to serve.