Easy Grilled Salmon Burgers

Enjoy the flavors of summer with these Easy Grilled Salmon Burgers, a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional beef burgers. Made with fresh salmon and flavorful seasonings, these burgers are perfect for a backyard barbecue or a quick weeknight meal.

This recipe typically makes 4 salmon burgers. Adjust the quantities based on your needs or the number of servings you require. Enjoy your Easy Grilled Salmon Burgers at your next barbecue!


Grilled Salmon Burgers Ingredients Infographic

For the Salmon Burgers

  • 1 pound fresh salmon filets, skin removed
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for grilling

For Serving

  • Burger buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced red onion
  • Avocado slices
  • Mayonnaise, tartar sauce, or your favorite burger condiments


1. Prepare the Salmon Burgers

Prepare the Salmon Burgers

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Cut the fresh salmon filets into chunks and place them in a food processor.
  • Pulse the salmon until it is finely chopped but not pureed.
  • Transfer the chopped salmon to a mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs, finely chopped red onion, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried dill, salt, and black pepper.
  • Mix the ingredients until well combined.

2. Form the Burger Patties

Form the Salmon Burger Patties


  • Divide the salmon mixture into 4 equal portions.
  • Shape each portion into a patty, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Make sure the patties are compacted to hold their shape during grilling.

3. Grill the Salmon Burgers

Grill the Salmon Burgers

  • Brush the grill grates with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place the salmon burger patties directly onto the grill grates.
  • Grill the burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have grill marks on both sides. The internal temperature of the burgers should reach 145°F (63°C).

4. Assemble the Burgers

Assemble the Burgers

  • Toast the burger buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes, if desired.
  • Place a salmon burger patty on the bottom half of each burger bun.
  • Top each patty with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion, and avocado slices.
  • Spread mayonnaise, tartar sauce, or your favorite burger condiments on the top half of each burger bun.
  • Place the top half of the burger bun over the toppings to complete the burgers.

Alternatively, for a refreshing twist, use leftover salmon and avocado to create a delicious salad on the side.

5. Serve

Serve the Easy Grilled Salmon Burgers

  • Serve the Easy Grilled Salmon Burgers immediately, accompanied by your favorite side dishes such as potato salad, coleslaw, or grilled vegetables.
  • Enjoy these delicious and healthy salmon burgers hot off the grill!

Pro Chef Tips

  • Make sure to handle the salmon mixture gently when forming the burger patties to avoid compacting them too much, which can result in dense burgers.
  • If you prefer, you can refrigerate the formed burger patties for 30 minutes before grilling to help them hold their shape better.
  • Customize the salmon burgers with your favorite seasonings or add-ins, such as chopped fresh herbs, diced jalapeños, or grated cheese.
  • Serve the grilled salmon burgers on lettuce wraps or atop a salad for a low-carb option.

Another delightful option for salmon lovers is a maple-glazed salmon recipe.