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barbecue salmon burgers (gf, df)

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Barbecue Salmon Burgers I One Lovely LifeNow that Easter is over, for some reason I feel like summer is just around the corner. Thinking about summer makes me think about grilling. Oh, you guys! I had a craving out of the blue so strong for a salmon burger. I needed a salmon burger. Thankfully, the craving happened on grocery shopping day and the burgers were sizzling on the pan by dinnertime.

Barbecue Salmon Burgers I One Lovely Life  Barbecue Salmon Burgers I One Lovely Life

I didn’t want just any salmon burger. I wanted something soft and flavorful.  These were tender, juicy and so delicious. You might not think that barbecue sauce would work with salmon, but it was perfect! Michael, a convert to fish, totally agreed.

Feel free to top these however you want. We opted for toasted buns, barbecue sauce, a bit of crisp lettuce, and a few slices of tomatoes. Michael had some dill pickle and really loved it.

Barbecue Salmon Burgers I One Lovely Life

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Barbecue Salmon Burgers

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  • Yield: 6 1x



For the burgers:

  • 1 1/2lbs salmon, cut into 1″ pieces (uncooked)
  • 1/2c panko breadcrumbs or lightly crushed GF rice krispies*
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 23 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce*
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • olive oil

For serving:

  • 6 buns*
  • barbecue sauce*
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • any other favorite burger toppings


  1. In a food processor, pulse salmon 2-3 times to break the pieces up slightly. Add breadcrumbs, shallot, cilantro, barbecue sauce, mustard, pepper, and salt. Pulse until just combined. Form mixture into 6 patties, handling as little as possible.
  2. To cook, heat a little olive oil over medium heat. Add burgers, working in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan. Cook burgers 3-4 minutes per side, turning once. Serve on buns with additional barbecue sauce and favorite burger toppings.


*Gluten & Dairy Free Notes: If you’re using crisp rice cereal, be SURE it says gluten free. Also, be sure the barbecue sauce you use is gluten and dairy free. I like Bone Suckin’ sauce or Stubb’s brand. Also, be sure to use a gluten free bun.



  1. No great surprise, now I have a craving for a salmon burger! If I can wait that long, I may try to make these on Saturday and serve them with a yummy fruit salad (with honey and lime sauce)!

  2. I’m going to cheat and use my already made up salmon burgers in the freezer. They will not taste nearly as good as yours from scratch but this a great idea for me to be able to use them up. Hurray! Thanks for the dinner tip my good lady.

  3. Okay two stupid questions… Is the salmon cooked already before putting in the processor or do I use raw salmon? and where does the panko crumbs go? I am assuming mixed in with salmon? Or am I breading the patties before frying? Want to try these they sound really good!

    1. So sorry! I’ll adjust the recipe so it reflects this, but the salmon IS raw. The breadcrumbs go in at the same time you add the bbq sauce, etc. They aren’t breaded. Thanks for catching my blunder!

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