Quick and Easy Salmon Patties

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Salmon Patties are a light and flavorful alternative to your typical beef burger. They are a tasty way to get in a serving of fish for the week. A must-try for seafood and salmon lovers!

A salmon patty on a burger with salmon patties in the background

Salmon Patties

Do you want to sink your teeth into something juicy and delicious without committing to all of the calories and fat of a cheeseburger? This tasty, and very filling, salmon patty can be served as a main dish as a salmon cake (think crab cakes). To make it more like a hamburger, serve it on a bun, on bread, in a pita pocket, or wrap it in lettuce leaves. Salmon patties, if prepared correctly, are every bit as flavorful, juicy and satisfying as a patty of beef. Chop up leftovers and serve them over a salad for a second meal during the week.

Are Salmon Patties Healthy?

Yes! Salmon is a fatty fish. It is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but it is not high in saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends eating “fatty fish”at least twice a week to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke (www.heart.org).

Salmon Patty Ingredients

4 salmon patties on a bed of lettuce

Our salmon patty recipe uses fresh salmon fillets (raw or cooked), but canned salmon can also be used. To hold the salmon together, we add egg white and breadcrumbs. If you are following a keto or low carb diet, use almond flour instead. If you don’t have breadcrumbs on hand, crush some saltine crackers. A variety of fresh herb seasonings and vegetables can be added to your taste. For this simple recipe, we use fresh basil and salt. Try something from the following list or a favorite of your own to season the patties to your taste:

  • Fresh garlic, garlic powder, garlic or salt
  • Green onion, diced onion, onion powder, or onion salt
  • Fresh parsley, fresh dill, or rosemary
  • Diced celery, red pepper, or carrot
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Black pepper
A salmon patty served on a burger with lettuce, tomato, and pickle

Storing and Freezing Salmon Patties

To store salmon patties, place them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week. Serve them cold in a salad or warmed over rice in a salmon bowl.

To freeze salmon patties, we recommend wrapping them in plastic wrap, then in foil. Keep in the freezer for up to a few months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

More Salmon Recipes

We can’t get enough of salmon. It is healthy and it is versatile. If you are also a salmon lover, here are more great methods of preparing and eating salmon.

How To Make Salmon Patties

A plate of salmon patties and another plate with an open-faced salmon burger

Quick and Easy Salmon Patties

5 from 4 votes
Salmon Patties are a light and flavorful alternative to your typical beef patty. A must-try for seafood and salmon lovers!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 pound skinless salmon fillets uncooked, cut into 1 inch pieces (leftover cooked salmon or canned salmon can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs plain or lemon pepper seasoned for added flavor
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 large egg white

For a Salmon Burger


  • Mix salmon, bread crumbs, basil, and salt.
    Raw salmon mixed with basil and breadcrumbs in a bowl
  • Add egg white and mix well.
    Egg whites added to a salmon patty mixture in a bowl
  • Divide the mixture into four even parts, and form into patties. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side over medium heat until browned on both sides.
    Salmon patties in a large skillet
  • Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings and condiments.
    A salmon patty on a burger with salmon patties in the background


Nutrition information is for salmon patties only.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 24gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 586mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I was craving salmon burgers and came across this recipe. It was easy and so good. We will definitely make this again.

    1. Great question, Brenna. I should’ve made that more clear in the recipes. Yes! The salmon is raw when you form the patties. Salmon cooks quickly. When you make the Salmon Burgers with raw salmon it cooks up moist and juicy, without drying out.