Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mini Salmon Burgers with Herbed Mayonnaise, Capers and Red Onions


The funny thing about working in the food media industry is that you often find yourself working on summer recipe ideas in the middle of winter. Similar to department stores that start thinking about Christmas ideas in the heat of the summer months, I've been writing summer recipes while the snow still keeps on falling. Thanks to indoor grills, I've been able to fairly easily recreate a summer outdoorsy feel in the middle of my kitchen - which overlooks perfectly white-covered roofs and tired, overweight trees. It almost makes me want to trade my warm sweaters for light summer dresses and flip flops..

I have a thing for salmon burgers - they're light and flavorful, easy to make and are a nice change from your traditional ground beef burgers. They can work wonders to brighten up a cold winter day (they sure did for me) but more traditionally make for great finger food in the summer, by a pool, with a cocktail. And there is just something about mini food items isn't there?

Mini Salmon Burgers with Herbed Mayonnaise, Capers and Red Onions
(makes 10 mini burgers)
10 ounces of wild salmon, cut in bite-size cubes
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
1 teaspoon of drained capers
1/2 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon of grainy mustard
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 brioche loaf, sliced and cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds
1 handful of baby spinach
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup of mayonnaise (recipe for homemade mayonnaise found here)
A handful of dill, parsley and chives, thinly minced

In a food processor, add the salmon, parsley, capers, lemon zest and grainy mustard. Lightly blitz until the mixture holds together but is still chunky. Add the egg and blitz again. Place the mixture in a bowl and fold in the breadcrumbs. Generously season with salt and pepper.

Shape the mixture into 10 round burgers using the palm of your hands. Grill on an indoor or outdoor grill. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. While the salmon is cooking, lightly grill the brioche buns.

Add the chopped herbs (parsley, dill and chives) to the mayonnaise. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. To serve, place a dollop of herbed mayonnaise on a brioche bun, add a couple leaves of baby spinach, a salmon burger, a couple slices of red onions and close with another brioche bun. Enjoy!

32 comments:

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

I bet this tastes Goooood.

Coco Bean said...

Oh, I was looking at the picture wondering where you found the mini buns, what a great idea to use a brioche loaf.

Elyse said...

I'm not a big meat girl, so I just adore salmon burgers. It's a great, light way to get your burger fix. And that herbed mayonnaise sounds divine. I can't wait to try these--be it winter or not, I think a salmon burger is great all year round!

The Wind Attack said...

These look adorable and oh so tasty. Thanks for using wild salmon too. So many restaurants have salmon burgers, but I won't order them because they are made of stupid farmed salmon. I bookmarked this in my reader to keep in mind as a future possible dinner.

Zoe Francois said...

I so want these to show up at my house!!!

Y said...

Those look so cute.. and tasty! I'm planning fish cakes for dinner tonight, and now am wondering if I should make them into burgers instead :)

helen said...

Adorable! When oh when will winter be over?

I'd love to try this recipe with sushi rice, formed into discs and grilled lightly, as the "buns". Should be very Westcoast/Pan Asian.

MissBliss said...

Oh, here is what is for dinner tonight!

Thank you!

Peter M said...

Yum, I would call these salmon sliders...either way - delish!

Room design studio said...

I think this is the most adorable slider/burger i've ever seen! healthy too! I gotta try it out! thanks !

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the idea of these mini salmon burgers and how delicious with a brioche!

CookiePie said...

Those look so delicious!!! I love all the flecks of color.

Dawn said...

Sliders! But yours are way fancier than a slider. Another gorgeous creation, congrats.

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

These sound so nice and flavorful - cute too!

unconfidentialcook said...

Love salmon burgers, and I confess that I buy the wild salmon burgers at Trader Joe's (but will try your recipe). I also serve them on rolls, with mayo "spiced" with a few drops of Louisana hot sauce.

jillian said...

These look wonderful! Serving them on brioche makes them perfect!

zested said...

I see you're going for the same summer-in-winter theme as I am. I'm trying to will it into spring with my food! These look lovely, such beautiful photos.

zested said...

I see you're going for the same summer-in-winter theme as I am. I'm trying to will it into spring with my food. These look delicious - and lovely photos.

Rachael said...

This looks delicious! I love the combination of salmon and mustard. I will have to try this recipe very soon! This looks like the perfect food for a spring party! Thanks for sharing!

pigpigscorner said...

Sounds really healthy and it looks really delicious! Love the colours too!

Darius T. Williams said...

I could TOTALLY get into this - looks fantastic!

HedonisticHostess said...

It's warm here in Australia (we're only a few weeks into Autumn) so your Summer Salmon Burgers are perfectly relevant here! I can't wait to try brioche as a burger bun.

MaryBeth said...

I love salmon burgers in any size, these look so good that I could eat at least 2-3 of them.

Joie de vivre said...

Aren't you soooo ready for summer? Especially when you have to think about it through the long winter. I can't wait to get the grill out!

Rasa Malaysia said...

So beautilicious--you're a master! Love it.

Anonymous said...

I made this and it came out great! Thanks :)

Chocolate Shavings said...

Anonymous: I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Kevin said...

Those salmon burgers look good!

Cynthia said...

Ummm, I can do with a couple of these burgers right now.

Poornima Nair said...

Wow...that looks beautiful...you have a wonderful collection out here...loved your baked goods.

Christine said...

Salmon burgers... who would have thought. I have a hard enough time making salmon sandwiches (bones creep me out a bit)

Trying to find some finger foods that my entire family will like this holiday season. Might have to try these out.

Sophia said...

Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!

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