Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
360 Calories
22g Fat
12g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 27g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*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.)

Salmon burgers from canned salmon are a delight and made from all pantry staples. You can serve these salmon patties so many different ways. They make a delicious and hearty dinner with mashed potatoes and peas. It'll be the ultimate old-fashioned comfort food dinner. You can also make them into burgers, serve with slaw, or eat as is. This recipe is very easy to make, even for beginning cooks. Just follow the directions and you'll soon sit down to a savory and satisfying meal.

There's something especially wonderful about returning to down-home recipes in the face of a fancy food movement. There's nothing wrong with using canned salmon and saltine crackers; in fact, if you are used to eating fancy restaurant fare, this recipe will come as a pleasant surprise. It's always nice to know you can make something so tasty from what you keep in your pantry.

The canned red sockeye salmon is recommended. Canned pink salmon is cheaper, but the flavor and texture of the sockeye are of higher quality. Drain the salmon and remove the bones and skin (or crush the bones and leave them in for more calcium), then flake, and proceed with the recipe. You can also use leftover salmon fillets or steaks if you have any on hand. Just flake the salmon with your fingers until it's fairly fine, then make the patties.

For other serving options, try them with tartar sauce or some mayonnaise mixed with honey mustard. Place them on toasted English muffins or ciabatta rolls with some mustard and mayonnaise for salmon burgers. If you have sliced avocado and red onions, add those, too. Add a side of oven-baked fries (or even potato chips) and you've got a delicious lunch or dinner.


  • 1 (14-ounce) can salmon (drained)
  • 3/4 cup saltine crackers (crushed into crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the salmon and cracker crumbs in a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, cook onion and red bell pepper until tender in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

  3. Add the cooked vegetables to the salmon and cracker crumbs in a bowl and mix gently. Add dill weed, egg, and lemon juice and mix gently.

  4. Form the salmon mixture into four patties using your hands. At this point, you can cover the patties and refrigerate for a couple of hours before you finish cooking them.

  5. When you are ready to cook, add the remaining olive oil and tablespoon of butter to the same skillet over medium heat.

  6. Once the butter has melted, add the cold salmon patties to​ the skillet. Cook the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown and hot. Serve immediately.