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Salmon Burgers with Lemon Avocado Aioli + Basil Jalapeño Quinoa

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Why we love it:

Sure, you could just grill or sear the salmon filets and serve them with the avocado aioli, but why not take 10 minutes for something different and summery? We’ve also seen kids willing to taste salmon in a familiar burger form, so perhaps make them slider side if you have tiny mouths to feed.


  • 1 pound Salmon (skin removed, you can do it or ask the butcher)
  • 1 Lemon (zest and juice) (divided)
  • 12 Shallot
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 teaspoon Garlic Powder (divided)
  • 14 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 Avocado (ripe)
  • 4 Burger Buns (or small slider buns - double the amount of slider buns)

Cooking Instructions

  • 1. If you didn’t make the quinoa salad from the Pork Tenderloin with Peaches the recipe is here.

    This is a smaller quantity and simpler version than the original recipe. It does hold very well in the fridge if you want the full version, See Here.

    Quinoa Salad: 1/2 cups quinoa, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoons salt, divided, 2 peaches, 1 jalapeno, 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 bunch basil

    Place the quinoa, water, and salt in a pot with a lid. Bring to a full boil over high heat, then stir well and reduce the heat to medium low. Let the quinoa simmer away for about 6 minutes, until the water it almost even with the top of the grain. Stir well. Cover and turn to low. Cook for another 11 minutes.

    Dice the peaches and jalapeno. Tear or chop the basil. When the quinoa is done, toss with the remaining ingredients.


    Chop the salmon coarsely into pieces. Start with 1” chunks then keep running your knife through it on the cutting board until it’s able to come together when squeezed. You can do this in a food processor, but it’s easy to make an accidental paste and this is a case where you don’t need to make the extra dishes.

    Mince the shallot finely.

    Add the salmon to a bowl along with half of the lemon zest and half of the juice. Add the salt, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder and panko. Use your hands to gently mix it together.


    Set out a clean baking sheet. Wet your hands a little bit so the mixture doesn’t stick and form 4 even patties into round but flat disks - like a burger shape. Or make 8 smaller sliders.

    Set a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add half of the oil. When its hot, slide the patties into the pan. If they all fit, great. If not, do it in batches using the remainder of the oil. You may have oil unsued.

    After about 6-7 minutes, the first side should be golden brown and mostly sturdy. Use a thin, flat spatula to carefully flip the patties. Cook the second side for about 5 minutes then transfer to a plate. If needed, repeat with the other patties.


    While the salmon is cooking, add the rest of the lemon zest and juice to a bowl. Scrape in the whole avocado and mash it well with a fork or potato masher. When its mostly smooth, add the mayo and remaining ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir to combine.

  • 5. BUNS

    Consider toasting the burger buns or not - it’s up to you.

  • 6. PLATING

    Plate a bun per person, top with a salmon patty and dollop with lemon avocado aioli. Top with the bun and serve quinoa on the side.

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    Use GF breadcrumbs and buns, or use an extra bun or GF bread crumbled into the patty mixture if you can’t find GF crumbs.
    Make the without mayo. Mash the avocado and mix with the lemon as instructed but also add a pinch of salt to taste. Another delicious option is with a dash of sriracha too.
    see Dairy free above
    If you don’t like salmon, this works with trout and even thin white fish like sole or catfish.
  • FISH:
    Use 1 pound of ground turkey or chicken and make more traditional burgers.
  • PALEO:
    Omit the bun and serve on lettuce wraps. Omit the breadcrumbs from the patty mixture too and you can use an egg whisked in to help bind it. It will be softer but will still hold together.
  • PANKO:
    Panko is japanese breadcrumbs that are fluffy and cracker like. They’re fairly common nowadays so most stores will have them, perhaps in the “Asian Foods” section, but substituting for regular breadcrumbs is completely fine too.

Kid Friendly Version

How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • Kids may prefer a slider sized, and thinner burger, it's more approachable. Perhaps keep the "green stuff" out of their patties too. My kids will eat quinoa if it's plain, so you can scoop them some plain quinoa and serve the peaches on the side
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