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Grilled Salmon Burgers with Caper Mayonnaise

These Grilled Salmon Burgers with Caper Mayonnaise are so tasty, and they’re easy to make on the grill or on a stove-top grill pan. I switched the breadcrumbs in the original recipe for almond flour and hemp hearts to make this low in carbs and gluten-free.

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I’m always surprised when people tell me they don’t have an outdoor grill.  At my house the grill is under a covered deck, and it uses natural gas, so I’m always ready to grill. I don’t venture out there much in the dead of winter, but from early spring to late fall you’ll find me out there cooking all kinds of meat, fish, and vegetables on the grill.

This recipe for Grilled Salmon Burgers with Caper Mayonnaise is one I tried with my nephew Jake, and we gobbled ours up without a bun, but they would also be delicious on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and the caper mayonnaise spread on the bun if that appeals to you. But please don’t skip the delicious caper mayo that really puts this over the top!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • Capers (affiliate link)
  • mayonnaise
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • dill pickle relish (affiliate link)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • celery
  • onion
  • chives or green onion
  • Hemp Hearts (affiliate link)
  • Almond Flour (affiliate link)
  • egg
  • Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) (or other hot sauce of your choice)
  • skinless salmon, diced into pieces
  • olive oil, for brushing burgers so they won’t stick on the grill

What makes this recipe lower in carbs and gluten-free?

This recipe originally called for a cup of panko breadcrumbs which I replaced with half Hemp Hearts (affiliate link) and half Almond Flour. That makes this recipe suitable for Keto or low-carb diets and would also make them gluten-free. 

How can you tell when salmon burgers are done?

Use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) to cook salmon burgers until they reach 145F/62C. Or cook salmon burgers until they are lightly crisp on the outside and the salmon is pink and flaky inside.

What if you don’t have an outdoor grill?

If you don’t have an outdoor grill you could easily cook these on a Stove-Top Grill Pan (affiliate link) or even a George Foreman Grill (affiliate link) with equally good results! Remember the George Foreman Grill cooks both sides at once, so total cooking time will be much shorter.

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How to make this recipe:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Chop the onion, celery, and chives (or green onion) to go in the salmon. 
  2. Dice the salmon into small pieces so it will chop up quickly in the food processor. 
  3. Then pulse the Hemp Hearts (affiliate link), almond meal, onion, celery, green onion or chives, egg, hot sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in the food processor until it’s well blended.
  4. Add diced salmon to the food processor and pulse just a few times, until salmon is barely chopped and combined with the other ingredients.
  5. Form the salmon mixture into six medium patties (or make four large patties if you prefer). 
  6. Chill them about 20 minutes in the freezer; this helps the patties stay together better on the grill.
  7. Chop up the Capers (affiliate link); then mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped capers, pickle relish, and salt and pepper to make the caper mayonnaise. 
  8. Spray the grill well with non-stick spray and preheat to medium high.
  9. Just before you put the salmon on the grill, brush the surface of each burger with olive oil (or another oil of your choice).
  10. Rotating the salmon burgers on the first side will give those criss-cross grill marks I like so well.
  11. Serve salmon burgers hot with caper mayonnaise.

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More Ideas with Salmon:

Grilled Salmon with Maple-Sriracha Glaze from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greek Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce
Salmon Foil Packets with Tomatoes and Olives from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Grilled Salmon Burgers with Caper Mayonnaise

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

These Grilled Salmon Burgers with Caper Mayonnaise are so fantastic, and we replaced the breadcrumbs with almond flour and hemp hearts to make the recipe low in carbs and gluten-free!

Ingredients

Caper Mayonnaise Ingredients

  • 2 T capers, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T dill pickle relish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Salmon Burger Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives or green onion, sliced (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T Sriracha sauce (or other hot sauce of your choice)
  • 1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. skinless salmon, diced into pieces about 1/2 inch square
  • olive oil, for brushing burgers so they won’t stick on the grill

Instructions

  1. Drain the capers and finely chop.
  2. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the chopped capers, mayo, light mayo, lemon juice, and dill pickle relish.
  3. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Let the caper mayonnaise chill in the fridge while you make the burgers.
  5. Coarsely chop the celery, onion, and fresh chives or green onion.
  6. Then add those to food processor with the hemp hearts, Almond Flour, egg, Sriracha Sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  7. Pulse just until the veggies are chopped and the mixture is combined.
  8. Add the diced salmon cubes and pulse a few more times until the salmon is barely chopped and mixed with the other ingredients.
  9. Wash your hands, and with wet hands form the salmon into 6 medium burgers.
  10. Place them on a cookie sheet as you make each one.  (We chilled them for about 20 minutes in the freezer to help the patties stay together.)
  11. Spray the grill grates well with non-stick spray for the grill; then preheat grill to medium-high.  (You can only hold your hand there for 2-3 minutes at that temperature.)
  12. When you’re ready to grill, use a basting brush to brush both sides of the burgers with olive or grapeseed oil.
  13. Lay burgers carefully on the grill and let them cook without moving for about 4 minutes; then lift one side to see if you have good grill marks starting to show.
  14. If you want criss-cross grill marks, rotate the burgers and cook 2-3 minutes more on the same side.
  15. Then turn burgers carefully with a large turner and cook 2-4 minutes on the second side, or until they feel firm to the touch and are nicely browned. (For best results, use an instant-read meat thermometer and cook until burgers reach 145F/62C.)
  16. Serve burgers hot with caper mayonnaise or other sauce of your choice.
  17. You can serve just the salmon burger patty on a plate or on a bun with lettuce and tomato.
  18. These were so good that I was excited to eat the leftover salmon burgers;  I reheated them in a dry frying pan and they were just as delicious the second day.

Notes

Use 1/2 cup green onion and skip the chives and onion if you prefer.

We replaced the whole wheat breadcrumbs with Hemp Hearts and Almond Flour to make the recipe low in carbs. Use breadcrumbs instead if you prefer and don't care about the carbs.

This recipe adapted from Cuisine at Home Weeknight Grilling 2007.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 5.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 6.2gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With hemp hearts and almond meal, these Grilled Salmon Burgers are a great low-carb or Keto option and also suitable for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2012. It was updated with more information in 2021.

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    15 Comments on “Grilled Salmon Burgers with Caper Mayonnaise”

  1. The caper mayonnaise is so good with this; glad so many people are liking it!

  2. So happy I stumbled on this recipe! It's salmon season and this burger is the perfect way to celebrate it. To be honest though, it's the caper mayo that has me tickled. Can't wait to try it!

  3. I have no idea how we'd survive summer without an outdoor grill! :o) Love capers & definitely want to try this 🙂

  4. We're fortunate to have the same setup in our new home, so we grill most time of the year. Sometimes even in the winter when the power goes out. I love the caper mayonnaise. I'll have to pass the recipe along to my daughter. She eat capers right out of the jar.

  5. Thanks Susan. We loved the caper mayo.

  6. These sound great! We've made salmon burgers for years but have never thought to grill them – which is weird because we grill almost everything else year round, lol. I bet the caper mayonnaise is the perfect extra touch!

  7. I would not say this tastes "fishy" but it does taste like salmon, with other flavors mixed in.

    Becky and Eileen, happy grilling!

  8. I think the recipe itself is a good one. I remember myself getting hungry after viewing this recipe. I remember having the same feeling of hunger after viewing Gourmandia. 😀

  9. I haven't tried salmon burgers. Looks easy enough and lots of good ingredients. Does it taste fishy. I would love to make it and not tell my daughter what's in it.

  10. I'm with Joanne–I'm surprised that anyone owns a grill, because 95% of my friends live in apartments (even if not in NYC). In our last apartment it was actually against the lease to have a grill on the balcony. Fortunately, now we have a house and can grill whenever we please–so I may have to make some of these this weekend!

  11. I just bought my first grill this spring. I can't believe I waited so long. I'm absolutely making this soon. And that caper mayo will appear on many other dishes for me too.

    Love it all!

  12. Joanne, even if I lived in an apartment I think I'd have to have a deck so I could grill!

    Lydia, love that idea, and you have inspired me to think about cooking them on the George Foreman Grill.

    Kevin, love the idea of making extra and freezing them! I think that would work well. I would thaw or partly thaw in the fridge before you grill them.

  13. I couldn't agree any more with you about grilling. How else do people cook in the summer? I'm so crazy about it though, I do it through the winter months as well!

    I love this recipe idea! We normally smoke our salmon (we have our recipe posted on our site) but I am really intrigued with trying this recipe!

    Have you ever tried freezing these? It would be great to make extras and freeze for quick, easy dinners.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  14. Yes, yes, yes! I'm a huge fan of salmon burgers, though I've been cooking them in a pan on the stove. I'm going to try grilling them on my panini press!

  15. See I'm always surprised to hear about people who DO grill because they're so few and far between in NYC! I love the sound of these salmon burgers and the caper mayo is the icing on the patties!