Grilled Salmon Cakes

Grilled salmon cakes
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Total: 21 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
510 Calories
36g Fat
12g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 510
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1008mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 641mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The next time you think about grilling up some burgers, why not consider making one with fish? These salmon cakes are made with fresh salmon and seasoned with Dijon mustard, lemon, green onion, and herbs, offering something completely different—but absolutely delicious—at your next cookout. 

You may be more familiar with cooking salmon cakes on the stove or in the oven, but with some extra care and preparation, these fish cakes can be cooked on the grill. Feel free to serve them up burger style or plate them along with a salad. They would also be ideal with a side of grilled asparagus and a garlic-parsley pasta. 


  • 1 1/4 pounds salmon fillets, skin removed and diced into small pieces

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, preferably plain

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 green onions, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  3. Place salmon in a food processor. Blend until mixture is coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl.

  4. Add breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, finely chopped green onion, chopped parsley, Dijon mustard, lemon zest and juice, salt, and black pepper. Gently mix until all ingredients are well combined.

  5. Shape salmon mixture into 8 equal-sized patties about 1/2-inch thick. Brush each patty with olive oil on both sides.

  6. Using a large pair of tongs and folded paper towel, oil grill grates very well. This will create a nice nonstick surface. Make at least 3 to 4 passes with the oiled towel.

  7. Place salmon cakes on the grill being careful to keep the cake together.

  8. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

  9. Remove from grill and serve.

  10. Enjoy!


  • Grill burger buns for your salmon cakes by first oiling the insides of hamburger buns and then placing them onto the grill, oiled-side down, to toast for two minutes. Remove the buns and assemble the burgers with toppings like sliced tomato and avocado, or a lemon-herb mayonnaise.
  • Place the salmon cakes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes before grilling to assure they hold together. Note: Chilled cakes may take longer to cook, so factor this into the grilling time.
  • Grill your salmon cakes on top of a grill pan or aluminum foil to assure they don't fall through the grates. You won't get grill marks by cooking them this way, but you won't lose the burgers.

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