Green Goddess Salmon Burgers

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Green Goddess Salmon Burgers are your new weeknight quick-fix meal!  The meal is prepped almost entirely in the food processor and after a quick sear in a hot pan, you will have something healthy and delicious on your table…and more importantly, in your mouth.

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I kind of have a hang-up about ground protein/meat, especially fish.  Something about grinding fish into a paste creeps me out.  I’m really selling this, huh?

Except obviously I did it here and obviously I lived to tell the tale.  Dare I say I even liked it?

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This green goddess sauce is my new favorite thing.  Full of avocado, herbs and lemon, it is so bright, fresh and flavorful.   Salads and sandwiches are definitely made better by it! You can add spinach or arugula to really green-goddess it up and pack more flavor and nutrients into the sauce.  More to come on that in the future.

Salmon is such a forgiving fish to cook.  Because it’s an oilier fish, you have a little more leeway in the cooking process-it can withstand higher heat and even accidental slight overcooking.

I’m working towards moving past my ground fish weirdness with these burgers.  But hey, my hang-ups aren’t your hang-ups so make these!

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Green Goddess Salmon Burgers

  • Author: Amanda
  • Yield: 4 burgers
  • Category: Burgers, Fish

Description

Salmon burgers seared until golden-brown and topped with the most glorious, flavorful green goddess sauce!


Ingredients

GREEN GODDESS SAUCE:

  • 2/3 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh chives
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

SALMON BURGERS:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Sliced avocado, for topping
  • Butter lettuce leaves, for topping
  • Super Sesame Buns or other buns of your choice, lightly toasted

Instructions

  1. For the Green Goddess Sauce: Combine all of the ingredients in the food processor and process until thoroughly combined.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. For the Salmon Burgers: Place the salmon in the bowl of a food process and pulse until coarsely ground, leaving some texture in the meat.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the shallot, garlic, egg, panko bread crumbs, paprika, salt, pepper parsley and basil, mixing to combine thoroughly.  Add the salmon and gently combine, taking care not to overmix.  Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties, pressing down lightly to flatten.
  3. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.  Ensure your skillet is properly preheated or you won’t get that golden-brown crust on your burgers.  Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil; once hot, add the burgers, and cook until golden-brown, about 3 minutes per side.  
  4. To assemble, spread a little of the green goddess dressing on the bottom of your bun.  Place the butter lettuce leaves on top, add the burger, sliced avocado and a big dollop of green goddess dressing on top.  Repeat with the remaining burgers.

Notes

Inspiration: Green Goddess Salmon Burgers on howsweeteats.com

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