Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce (Gluten-Free Option, Too!)

~ These super-fast Asian Salmon Burgers are a huge hit with our families! They’re the perfect make-ahead dinner for busy nights, and because these burgers don’t have bread crumbs as a filler, they’re a terrific gluten-free option, too! Absolutely bursting with fantastic Asian flavors, and so satisfyingly delicious with hoisin sauce and creamy avocado! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less (Plus Chilling Time)    Includes Make-Ahead Steps    Gluten Free (Depending on Selected Serving Options)  

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Please tell me that I’m not the only one who stares into the grocery store seafood case, almost like peering wishfully into a jeweler’s glass display counter? Am I alone in this, friends? (You’ve just discovered my secret … that I’m a food-crazed lunatic!)

After I’ve imagined the possibilities of those lovely swordfish steaks, mentally dressed up the unassuming tilapia, and lusted just a little over the succulent scallops, my eyes fall upon the colorful salmon burgers.

Oh.my.goodness.

The possibilities …

Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Flecked with bright bits of vegetables and laced with whatever savory spices and sauces the fish monger dreamed up that morning. Mmmmmmm … maybe a spicy chipotle? Or a feta-laced Greek? Or how about Asian?

Yes, that! An Asian salmon burger! Y-U-M! (tummy grumbles happily at the thought)

The week’s menu will just have to be rearranged (since, tonight, my family will be noshing on the glistening crown jewel of the seafood case). (more happy tummy grumbles as I ask for four salmon burgers)

Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Sometimes, those salmon burgers turn out to be every bit as wonderful as they’d looked, winking at you from their icy bed under the glass countertop. But sometimes not. (sad sniffling)

Sometimes they’re filled with almost more bread crumbs than salmon, or you find yourself second-guessing the ingredients hidden within (here’s looking at you, oodles of mayo).

But … you wanna know a little secret? Those gorgeously displayed, siren-song salmon burgers calling your name from the fish case? They’re actually a total cinch to make! And you can vary the flavor profiles to fit your mood … all while also completely controlling the ingredients you mix into them. Yes friends, this is so true! You can do this!

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As proof of this amazing truth, I offer exhibit A: today’s Asian Salmon Burgers recipe.

These burgers are so incredibly flavor-packed, with cilantro, green onions, ginger, and hoisin sauce … and then topped with a bit more hoisin and decadently creamy mashed avocado. They sing with flavor!

Joy. Bliss. Happy dance.

And also …

Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Easy-peasy! (Or, as my kids’ friend inexplicably say, “easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.”)

All you have to do to make these salmon burgers is give some garlic, ginger and green onions a quick chop and then dump everything into the food processor for a couple quick whirls.

Then shape four patties … let ’em rest a little while in the fridge … and give ’em a super-fast cook!

Wasn’t that simple?!

Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Lightly seasoned, mashed avocado is the perfect, creamy topping for these salmon burgers!

And just for you, friends – a little bonus:

These beauties are make-ahead! Yeeeeehaw!

We know busy people love need make-ahead recipes, which is just one more reason these salmon burgers are a dream! You actually have to make them ahead! Brilliant!

Because they’re not loaded with binders like bread crumbs, they’re rather delicate, but refrigerating them for an hour (or even overnight!) before cooking them allows them to bind together perfectly. Make ’em before you go to bed, or quick-quick in the morning, and they’ll be ready in just moments for your dinnertime rush! Love that!

Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

For a terrific gluten-free dinner option, these delicious salmon burgers can be served as lettuce wraps or open-face on large lettuce leaves. If you’re eating gluten-free, remember to purchase gluten-free hoisin sauce for this recipe.

But that’s not all! (I say in my best television infomercial voice!)

Because these salmon burgers don’t have bread crumbs as binders, it’s easy to enjoy them gluten-free (just be sure to grab gluten-free hoisin sauce). For family or friends who avoid gluten, you can serve these as a lettuce wrap, rather than nestling them into a bun. Perfect!

This recipe is a spin on a salmon burger recipe I found years ago in the July 2002 issue of Bon Appétit. Although we loved it from the very first time I made it, through the years, I’ve adapted it a bit (this doesn’t surprise you, I know), mainly looking for ways to eliminate the mayo.

Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

The first thing I tried was simply swapping in Greek yogurt for the mayo, which works beautifully in the salmon patty itself … but I definitely didn’t love using Greek yogurt instead of mayo as a topping condiment (blech).

The slam-dunk solution was avocado! Avocado works as a silky, delicious binder, and also as a way-better-than-mayo topping. Salmon and avocado are notoriously fabulous together, and I feel so much better about noshing nutrient-dense avocado than slathering an otherwise-healthy salmon burger with mayo!

There’s just so much to love here!

So stop staring wishfully at the grocery store salmon burgers … and make these instead! They’re even more delicious … filled with healthy ingredients (that you control!) … and they’re a total win with kiddos (you know we tested that! 😀 )!

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A dream come true.

THK By Shelley

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Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce (Gluten-Free Option, Too!)

Preparation 15 min. (plus chilling time) 2017-04-24T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 7 min. 2017-04-24T00:07:00+00:00
Serves 4 salmon burgers     adjust servings

Ingredients

Salmon Burger Patties

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless salmon filets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (gently packed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (about 3 green onions)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 avocado, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger (about a 1-inch piece)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

Avocado Topping

  • Remaining 3/4 of avocado
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon black pepper

For Serving

  • 4 whole-grain sandwich buns (for sandwiches) or large lettuce leaves (for gluten-free wraps)
  • Desired toppings: leaves of tender lettuce (like butter or Bibb), sliced tomato, plus additional hoisin sauce

Instructions

  1. Place salmon, cilantro, green onions, hoisin sauce, 2 tablespoons avocado, ginger, garlic, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper in a food processor. Using pulsed on/off bursts, process just briefly, until the mixture is combined and the salmon is coarsely ground to the consistency of your liking (we recommend that it's still a bit chunky and that you're careful not to turn it into a paste).
  2. Shape salmon mixture into four ½-inch thick patties and place them on a plate.
  3. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of one hour, or overnight at most. (Also wrap and refrigerate remaining avocado.) This helps the delicate salmon patties to adhere together and makes them easier to work with and less likely to fall apart during cooking.
  4. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add sesame oil, swirling to coat.
  5. Cook salmon patties in sesame oil, covered, for about 4 minutes on the first side. Gently flip the patties and cook about 3 minutes more, until salmon is cooked through but is not dried out and is still very tender and juicy.
  6. Meanwhile, as salmon cooks, mash remaining avocado with ⅛ teaspoon salt and 1/16 teaspoon black pepper.
  7. Serve salmon burgers immediately on whole grain buns, with mashed avocado mixture, tomato slices, lettuce, and additional hoisin sauce. For a gluten-free option, serve salmon patties on lettuce leaves, as a lettuce wrap (also be sure to purchase gluten-free hoisin sauce).

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This recipe is adapted from the recipe for Salmon Burgers with Hoisin and Ginger I found years ago in the July 2002 issue of Bon Appétit.

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  13. Yum! I actually never buy the pre-made fish items in our market’s fish case for exactly the reasons you mentioned. I really have no idea what’s in them, and I’m pretty sure bread crumbs is one of the ingredients. These, on the other hand, sound amazing. I love that you used avocado as a binder! Genius!

    • Hi Joy! We love the yummy flavor ideas they come up with at the store, but yes … too many fillers!! These salmon burgers are definitely little more delicate than others, but you totally won’t miss the bread crumbs! And don’t forget the quick and easy guacamole for on top – that creamy goodness is just so delicious with the salmon! A match made in heaven! 😀 ~Gretchen

  14. I read this and I though I commented! Thanks for the shout out! I did tweet them and now I’ll do it again! These look fabulous and I love anything with the word salmon and burger in the same sentence!It is getting warm this week. I may have to try oiling them and putting a few on the grill. Total yum!

    • Total yum is right!!! And I’m totally with you … salmon + burger = pure happiness!! So delicious, so many nutrients, so easy! A slam dunk! 🙂 Warm enough to grill … you lucky duck! We had a gorgeous day today, but it’s going to get colder again. I’m ready to grill … every day! Thanks for the love, Abbe!!! ~Gretchen

    • Hi Shauna! You must have a seriously well-stocked fridge and pantry! Lucky you!!! We’re so excited for you to try these salmon burgers – they’re a healthy, flavorful, knock-it-outta-the-park meal, even on busy weeknights! Yay! Enjoy! 😀 ~G&S

    • You’re so right! The avocado really puts this salmon burger over-the-top on the “yum” scale! It’s the perfect addition to the burger patties to help as a binder, and also a fantastic topping – it beautifully does double duty (hard-working little avocados – one more reason to love ’em! 😀 ). ~G&S

  15. And now I am drooling!!! Salmon is so heart healthy and then you top it with avocado for a meal that is a total health-healthy super star! I can’t wait to try!!

    • This really is a heart-healthy recipe – so deliciously nutritious! You can really feel good about serving it, both because of the nutrition and because people just love the flavors! (Health food that doesn’t taste like health food … yay! 😀 ) I’m so excited for you to make this, Becky! ~Shelley

    • Awwwww … thanks so much for the pin, Elena! And definitely … if you love salmon burgers, this is an absolute must-try recipe! It’s a win all around … incredibly delicious, so easy to make (hello, make-ahead recipe! 😀 ), and so, so nutritious! We can’t wait to hear what you think! Have a fantastic week! 😀 ~G&S

    • Katerina, if you and your family love salmon, then this recipe is a must-try! You’ll love how easy it is, and how really nutritious. And your whole crew will love the great flavors! Oh – and be sure to check out our Easy Honey-Glazed Salmon recipe, too! It’s ridiculously simple and wins serious raves, from adults and kiddos alike! Enjoy! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hey guys! So true about avocado and salmon – they really are kinda magical together! Add in all those great Asian flavors, and the magic just goes on and on! Plus those delicious ingredients are turbo-loaded with great nutrition! A win all around! You guys will seriously love this recipe! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Oh, Mary, we’re so excited to hear how you like these salmon burgers, and so thrilled to be a part of your family’s meals this week! Bonus for you, busy cook … they’re so ridiculously easy and such a great make-ahead recipe! Yay! 😀 And with all the healthful ingredients, you’ll feel just terrific about making these for your family, and even more terrific when your family just loooooves ’em! 😀 Thank you so much for popping by! ~ G&S

    • Hi Tara! It’s so nice to hear from you! The Asian flavors in these salmon burgers really are fabulous! And, with so many great, bold flavors going on, these can even be a great way to serve salmon for people who aren’t quite sure if they like salmon. So scrumptious – these burgers will surely win over even the skeptics! If you love Asian flavors like we do, you’ve gotta put these straight at the top of your must-make list! Yum! Can’t wait for you to try ’em! 😀 ~G&S

    • G’day Joanne! This salmon burger recipe really is so bursting with nutritious ingredients, but the awesome thing is that you don’t feel like you’re compromising on flavor just because you’re eating healthfully! These are seriously DELICIOUS – the kind of recipe you absolutely look forward to making again and again! Enjoy! 😀 ~G&S

    • Oh Cynthia! You must try these! Salmon burgers are really a snap to make – especially this recipe! Just toss everything in the food processor! 🙂 This particular recipe is a little more delicate than some others that use breadcrumbs, so just be sure to refrigerate the burgers for a couple hours to allow everything to hold together better. Hope you love ’em – let us know!! ~G&S

    • Hi Libby! These salmon burgers are delicious!! The Asian flavors are a favorite at my house, and at Shelley’s, too! And the creamy avocado just tops it all off! Hope you enjoy them! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Salmon is MY go-to fish, too! Hooray for salmon lovers! 🙂 Ohhhh, you may also like our Easy Honey-Glazed Salmon, too! That’s a super simple, common ingredient recipe – a fave at our house!
      These salmon burgers will take your love of salmon to a whole new level … the flavors are fantastic! It’ll be regular recipe on your menu in no time! ~Gretchen

    • Hello Michelle!! Thanks for stopping by! I really hope you try this recipe – it’s a fave at both of our houses! I love that they need to be made a little bit ahead in the day (or even the night before!) so when the dinner rush happens, I just need a few minutes to cook them! Delicious dinner in no time! 😀 ~Gretchen

    • Healthy – you bet!!! These are just packed with nutrients! Omega 3s, fiber, potassium, loads of vitamins and tons of protein! All wrapped into a delicious salmon burger! It’s so fun to eat healthy when it tastes this GOOD!! 😀 ~Gretchen

    • Hi Nettie! Yes! I always thought salmon burgers would be really tricky to make – I always just ordered them when we’d go out to dinner! Well, I can tell you that this recipe totally changed my view on that! They come together in a flash in the food processor … totally not tricky at all! Just all awesome! 😀 Hope you try this recipe – you’ll be SO happy you did!! ~Gretchen

    • I’m a huge cilantro lover, too! It just makes everything so fresh and delicious! These salmon burgers are sure to be a hit at your house! Loads of fresh ingredients and tons of amazing flavor! Thanks for stopping by, Mirlandra! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Hi Dororthy! Yes, we’d just have to agree with you … these are perfect! Lol! The creamy avocado and the salmon are delicious together! And the fabulous Asian flavors are fab! Hope you’ll try these soon – let us know how much you love them! ~G&S

    • Oh Diana … grinding up the salmon is pretty much a game changer! It really helps the burgers come together so easily – no big chunks of salmon that you need to try to work into a patty form. (Trust me … the very first time I ever tried to make salmon burgers, I didn’t grind enough … needless to say, they totally fell apart because the salmon was in pretty large pieces! Lesson learned! 😀 ) And yes – the avocado is pure perfection in these salmon burgers! Yummy!! ~Gretchen

    • I know, right?? Every time I think about these salmon burgers, I get hungry, too!! Lol! Know what Shelley and I love about this recipe? These actually needs to made earlier in the day (or even the night before!) and then when it’s dinner time, the burger just need a few minutes in the skillet! Poof! Dinner’s ready! Love it! Hope you try these, Melody! 🙂 ~Gretchen

  16. So, I’ve never used fresh (or “previously frozen” 🙂 salmon to make salmon burgers. I’ve just been a canned salmon kinda girl. And frying in sesame oil is something I never thought of! Thanks.

    • Oh my goodness, Sue! You HAVE to try this! Fresh salmon in salmon burgers is a total game-changer! And while you won’t notice a HUGE flavor impact from the sesame oil, it does just broaden the Asian flair of all the flavors we’re using here. If you don’t have it, though, you could certainly substitute a bit of olive oil in a pinch. Have an awesome weekend! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Lol, Christina! So, you’re one of those non-cilantro people, huh!?!? Although I love, love cilantro myself, I totally get it that some people don’t (one of my dear friends who’s also a serious foodie is among them). I think it’s one of those decisive flavors – love it or hate it – and I’ve heard that those who hate it experience sort of a soapy taste. Huh! Well, at any rate, please don’t let that keep you from trying these salmon burgers – just go right ahead and sub in that parsley, or even leave the cilantro and parsley out all together. There are still so many other great flavors in the salmon patties, that I really think you’ll still absolutely love them! Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a really great weekend! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi Kara! It’s so wonderful to hear from you! And thank you so, so much for your really sweet comment! You and Philip WILL love these salmon burgers! They’re not just loaded with great nutrition (which I know is important for you guys), but so seriously delicious too! Can’t wait to hear what you think! 😀 ~Shelley

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