Salmon Wasabi Burgers are perfect if you adore spicy food, and enjoy the pungent, hot taste of wasabi and ginger. I make these spicy burgers with wild caught salmon and just a few other healthy ingredients, and serve them sans buns. When I do need a bun, I use lettuce or other greens as a serving vehicle for my burger recipes, and find that crispy Romaine lettuce works especially well. Boston, or bibb lettuce also works superbly for this purpose.
Using greens in place of high-carb bread is a win-win in my book. Of course, I could make hamburger buns using almond flour or coconut flour, however, I’ve been in the habit of using healthy vegetables as buns for so long that I really don’t see the point. Further, lettuce buns are great at holding loads of condiments up against a burger. And I love smothering my burgers in condiments. These salmon cakes however, need no condiments as the spicy wasabi is already inside them, along with cilantro, scallion, and lime!
I serve these Salmon Wasabi Burgers with my Asian Cole Slaw recipe, the flavor combination is absolutely fabulous, and this is how I depicted these fish burgers in the photo above!
Salmon Wasabi Burgers
1 pound skinless salmon filet
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
¼ cup fresh scallions, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ cup wasabi powder
1 tablespoon water
coconut oil for frying
Rinse salmon, pat dry, and cut into ¼-inch cubes.
In a large bowl, combine salmon, ginger, scallions, cilantro, eggs, lime juice, almond flour, and salt
In a small bowl, combine wasabi powder and water to form a paste
Mix wasabi paste into salmon mixture
Form batter into 2-inch patties with your hands
Heat oil in a 9 inch skillet over medium high heat
Sauté patties in batches until golden brown, 6-8 minutes per side
These burgers are very, very spicy. If you don’t like spicy food I would not recommend them. If you’re making them for small children, you may wish to experiment with omitting the wasabi altogether, or simply make my quick and easy Sesame Salmon Burger recipe instead.
In addition to serving these spicy salmon cakes with my Asian Slaw, I sometimes switch it up and pair them with my Roasted Broccoli and Carrot Fries –which are two of my boys’ favorite recipes. What will you serve with this healthy salmon burger recipe?